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Tensions high over possible executive order on guns

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On the East Coast, Vice President Joe Biden spent Thursday learning more about gun issues and concerns, and meeting with people who do not support tougher gun control laws.

On the West Coast, a 16-year-old boy used a gun to terrorize students at a California High School.

Here in Texas, the debate over a possible executive order on the issue raged on.

"This executive order, if President Obama does it, will be controversial because it is attacking an issue that is so hot," FOX 26 legal analyst Chris Tritico said.

No one knows exactly what changes that executive order, if issued, could create.  The vice president will make his suggestions next week.

"What we are talking about at bottom line is saving lives," attorney Geoff Berg said.

Berg supports tougher gun control measures.

"Nobody is talking about coming to your house and taking your guns away from you," he said.  "No one is talking about doing that.  If I were in charge, if I could rewrite the second amendment, if I could rewrite jurisprudence on the second amendment yeah, I would.  I definitely would, but that's not the law of the United States and I don't get to have my way.  And guess what?  The gun freaks who think they're entitled to bazookas, they don't get to have their way either."

In Baytown, one of the pastors at Memorial Baptist Church has a different opinion.

"I don't have a bunker hidden anywhere," said Andrew McDaniel. "You know I think people who are stockpiling for whatever they think, doomsday preppers or whatever you have, I think that is their right.  And a gun owner, a legit gun owner who wants that gun for protection, I don't think it matters in the grand scheme of things if that person has one gun or a hundred guns."

While there is much speculation on what could happen, most insiders agree Biden will recommend a ban on high-capacity magazines and assault rifles.

"If there are certain types of weapons that are used consistently to kill large numbers of people, why wouldn't we look at getting rid of those?" Berg asked.  "What good do they do and what right do the American people have to possess them?"

McDaniel also weighed in.

"I think there's a misconception of what an assault rifle is," he said.  "They think that the assault rifle that the general public owns is somewhat comparable to the assault rifle that our US military uses and they're not.  They are not comparable."

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