Heated debate over gun violence after latest mass shooting

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Monday, October 5, 2015 --- 8:55 p.m.

It's hard to say just how many guns are out there, but a rough estimate made by the Congressional Research Service says the number of civilians who own guns has doubled since 1968. Back then, there was one gun for every two people. Now, there's one gun for every person. While some politicians say it's too many, others say arming more people will fix the problem.

"This is a political choice that we make to allow this to happen every few months in America," said President Obama over the weekend as he addressed the latest school massacre.

Politicians at all levels are voicing their thoughts about guns.

"We've got to keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them," said Hillary Clinton. On the campaign trail on Monday, Clinton promised tougher gun purchase regulations. That includes required background checks for all private sales. She believes this would cut the death rate by 10,000 a year.

"40% of guns are sold, gun shows, online sales. We need to close that loophole," said Clinton.

But here in Wisconsin, rules are being relaxed. In June, Wisconsin Act 22 went into effect eliminating the 48-hour waiting period for handgun purchases. At the same time, Gov. Walker signed a bill allowing off-duty, retired, and out of state police officers to carry firearms on school grounds.

On Monday, Gov. Walker addressed the issue in a roundabout way. He said the focus should be on the bigger issue of mental health.

"One thing you see that is common unfortunately in almost every one of these incidents is someone who has fallen through the cracks when it comes to mental health services," said Gov. Walker.

He says getting rid of the negative connotations about mental health is the first hurdle we need to clear. "The more that we break that stigma, the better off we are going to be. Because then people aren't going to be afraid to get the help that they need."

While there is a great divide on the issue between most democrats and republicans, President Obama is vowing to not turn a blind eye to the issue. "I'm going to talk about this on a regular basis, and I will politicize it."

NBC News reports while less than half of Americans support stricter gun control laws, 93% want background check for all gun buyers.