More 90 percent of Americans said they support background checks on guns, according to a recent Quinnipiac University poll. (WFSB)
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More than 90 percent of Americans said they support background checks on guns, according to a recent Quinnipiac University poll.
The shooting in Orlando has put the AR-15 in the forefront of the gun control debate. AR-15 were made to be used for sport and protection, but in the hands of the wrong people can be deadly.
"You can't tell that gun to get up and shoot someone right now," Greg Magliari, who is the president of the Hartford Gun Club, said. "You can't do it. It's not going to happen."
There were 49 killed and 53 injured at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL. U.S. citizen Omar Mateen is believed to be the lone shooter in what is being called the worst mass shooting in the United States.
Magliari allowed Eyewitness News to take a closer look at the style of weapons used in the deadly rampage in Orlando, which were a semiautomatic pistol and an AR-type rifle.
The assault weapon can travel 3,200 feet per second, compared to the handguns 900 feet per second. The bullet in the AR-15 is much larger than a handgun bullet and can fire off about 45 rounds a minute.
"What do you say to those people who don't need an AR 15 for sport? Well, you don't need a jaguar to drive, you don't need a Range Rover to drive. Who are they to tell you what you need and don't need," Magliari said. "It's covered by the second amendment."
Seven polls were conducted by QU following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School through November 5, 2015. The polls showed that 93 percent of American voters support "requiring background checks for all gun buyers."
However, "a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons" ranges from 54 - 41 percent to 59 - 36 percent in four national polls by the independent QU poll.
"Support for background checks and an assault weapons ban remains consistently high and has not faded since the Sandy Hook massacre," QU posted on its website.
"Lives are being lost and apparently we love our guns more than we love our lives," Dr. Demaris Whitaker, of the First Church Of Christ, said. "We love our rights to guns more than we love our rights to the lives of children."