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Lone Protester Pickets Tanner Gun Show In Denver

DENVER (CBS4) - As the debate over gun control continues big crowds were met with a protester at the Tanner Gun Show at the Denver Merchandise Mart on Saturday.

Ever since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, there have been increased talks about gun control in the United States.

People were filing in an out of the Tanner Gun Show proudly putting their First Amendment right to use. Some bought guns for hunting, others for protection. They were met with opposition as one lone protester picketed out front in support of a ban on so called assault weapons.

"Something snapped in me and I have to say something," the protester said.

"Ban spoons, they make me fat," a person yelled at the protester.

The topic of gun control brought out a range of emotions from people driving by, some even yelling profanity at the thought of controlling their rights as an American.

"It's a tool. People kill people and you can't argue with a sick mind," a man said.

"It's not the weapon, it's the people," a woman said.

One group of gun owners didn't buy any firearms on Saturday, nor do they own a firearm that could be considered an assault weapon. Still, they are against stricter gun control regulations.

"I've got guys that go coyote hunting with them because of the accuracy and the lightness of it," another man said.

"I don't need one, so I'm not going to own one, but I don't want you to take away my rights," the woman said.

Despite their opposing views on gun control, the people do agree on one thing -- something needs to be done in hopes of preventing another tragic school shooting.

Despite protesting alone, the woman said she plans to be picketing the gun show the entire weekend and will gladly discuss her views with anyone who disagrees with her.

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