Gun debate rages in wake of Las Vegas massacre

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NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ)- There’s gun control talk again after the Las Vegas massacre.

Seth Dix owns this gun shop in Nicholasville and says every time there is a mass shooting in the U.S. he sees a spike in business.

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“Certain situations have inspired people to come out and buy more firearms or even become interested in firearms for their own personal safety. San Bernardino in California was a great example of that,” said Dix, owner of Semper Fi Firearms.

But Dix says he also sees an increase in criticism, with many people blaming gun shops like his for the increase in mass shootings.

“They try to point the finger at who is responsible. Take somebody buys a car, they get drunk, they crash into a bus of children, it’s tragic. Who’s responsible? Well the driver is. But the car was driven by a driver. So is it the cars fault? Well lets go to the dealership and lets inquire about that possibility,” said Dix.

It’s that complex idea that has sparked the debate over gun control for decades.

Some saying regulation is necessary.

“There’s definitely some things that are going to have to change but hopefully it changes for the better and not something that we use to restrict ourselves,” said Melvin Nichols in Lexington.

Others saying regulations won’t do any good.

“You really can’t stop events like this. If someone is determined enough to cause something like this it’s going to happen and it’s kind of cliché to say this but it’s the price we pay for living in a free society,” said Tom Seay of Nicholasville.

But with no sign of the debate quieting down, Dix says he just has to buckle down and do the best he can to sell his products in a safe and legal way.

“This is what I do. I sell firearms. It’s a product. This is a retail business. But ultimately it’s up to me. It’s my responsibility to determine whether or not I feel good about the transaction and if I don’t feel good about the transaction. I won’t sell to you,” said Dix.