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Locals react to Obama's gun control speech

Posted at 7:16 PM, Jan 05, 2016
The debate in the valley is heating up over President Obama's executive actions on gun control.
Bilal Shabazz is a gun violence prevention advocate.
Almost 25 years ago, his pregnant daughter-in-law was shot during an attempted robbery and she lost the baby.
"You never forget and you never get to put it away," he said. "You might be able to put it on a shelf but there is always the occasion where it has to come off the shelf."
Shabazz calls Obama's legislation a good start for gun control progress.
Others don't believe it will be effective.
"There is no correlation where the background checks prevent or reduce crime," said Bob Irwin, owner of The Gun Store.
Irwin says he wishes Obama could spend a day in the store talking to people about why they're buying guns.
"They're buying guns because they're afraid of crime," Irwin said. "People buying guns because they're afraid of crimes don't commit crimes."
Gun control advocates say it's common sense to make it harder for unqualified people to buy firearms.
"People are kind of operating in the shadows and can sell these guns basically illegally on the black market," said
Annette Magnus, the executive director of Battle Born Progress, a non-profit public relations firm.