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Biden's statement on gun control sparks unease, hope

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Just a month after 27 people, including 20 children, were killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, gun control and gun violence are now front and center at the White House.

Vice President Joe Biden captured much attention with a statement that the President might issue executive orders as part of a gun control plan.

In Baytown, gun owner Andrew McDaniel didn't like what he heard from Biden.

"It's kinda crazy, especially coming out today about executive orders," McDaniel said.  "To do something with gun control, that's what I think is overstepping the boundary.  As far as gun control in general, I'm not for it.  I'm a gun collector."

In Downtown Houston, attorney Geoff Berg had a different reaction.

"More definitely needs to be done," Berg said.  "This country is awash in over 300 million firearms.  (It) doesn't matter if you're a hunter or firearm owner."

FOX 26 legal analyst Chris Tritico also weighed in.

"I think the vice president was reckless in making the statement before the President was ready to issue an executive order," Tritico said.  "This issue is toxic on both sides, and to incite people before the President is ready to issue that order was untimely and very reckless of the vice president."

Emotions aside, Tritico also tackled the legality of what some gun owners argue could be a violation of the second amendment which protects the right of the people to bear arms.

"The second amendment, that's where the President would get the authority to do it," he said about a possible executive order on the issue.  "The second amendment says the citizens have the right to seek and bear arms, and so through that existing law under Supreme Court precedent, the President can issue executive orders in support of or to define and implement that constitutional provision."

McDaniel is not just a gun collector.  He also pastors at Memorial Baptist Church is Baytown.

"Being a pastor, I look at it a bit differently," he said.  "I think the source (of gun violence) is not the fact that a person has a gun.  I think the source is sin, and I think there's sin in the world and we can't do anything about it.  So whether someone comes to me because they lost someone to gun violence or cancer, the fact of the matter is we don't live in a good world."

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