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Local Church Leaders Create Petition For Gun Control

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.- In response to the recent Connecticut School shooting, the gun debate has been front and center for lawmakers and private citizens and two local church leaders are pushing for big change.

Beginning this weekend, two churches in Nashville, St. Edwards and St. Ann's will ask their congregation to sign a petition asking the President and Congress to ban assault weapons, but not everyone in the community agrees this will help.

Father Joseph Breen would like to preserve the innocence of children, but knows he can't forever.

"I think like a lot of people-the first few days after the tragedy at Newtown, CT, I think it forced a lot of people to do some serious thinking about violence," said Father Breen.

Father Breen of St. Edwards Catholic Church thinks it's the kind of violence that could be reduced with a letters to leaders of his church and country and a petition to ban assault weapons in the United States.

"I can't do everything to make things secure but this is a little effort to bring about a change that will make it a little safer-not only for our children but for all of us," he said.

Just down the road from St. Edward's Church is a store called Guns for American. It's a family run business and the owners said they don't believe banning assault rifles is the answer.

"It won't have an effect on the number of the killed-it won't do anything, it won't change anything," said owner Tom Shagena. "It's not the tool that you're using, but the people that are doing it,"

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