Tuesday, May 21 2013 2:38 PM EDT2013-05-21 18:38:01 GMT
(RNN) - After an estimated 26 tornadoes hit five states on Sunday, and a massive EF-4 tornado leveled the Oklahoma City metropolitan area killing 24 on Monday - more severe weather is expected to impactMore >>
The Storm Prediction Center at the National Weather Service believes there is a high probability for severe weather in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma.More >>
When it comes to President Barack Obama's gun control plan, there seems to be the most support for the idea of universal background checks, both locally and nationally. But many critics argue that the president's plan misses the mark, largely because it doesn't focus enough on the people who typically commit those mass murders.
The idea of universal background checks is supported by a whopping 85-percent of Americans according to a recent Pew Research poll and by nearly half of the KSLA News 12 viewers who took part in our online web poll.
But gun retailers say they already do those checks. So any new law would affect gun shows and person-to person gun sales. "That's going to be interesting to see how that works because I, I don't know how they can do that because there's so many guns out there from way back that people have been swapping and tracking that it's going to be hard to do," said Paul Murray.
And just down the road, a few miles from Murray's indoor shooting range Shooters U.S.A., in Bossier City, is Ron's Guns. That's where co-owner Ron Mock says sales have at least tripled since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, back on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut.
Mock says he's skeptical about anything from Washington helping with stopping the next mass shooting because it's not fully addressing one of the biggest problems: The mentally-disturbed shooters. "(The) mental health system is, they seem more interested in protecting their privacy than they do getting them off the streets."
And Mock also sees much of the gun control process in Washington as counter-productive. "The criminals, they don't obey the laws anyway, so why pass them, you know," added Mock.
The idea to ban high-capacity ammunition magazines is described by some as a mere band-aid approach, and by other skeptics as in-effective. "If you got a 30-round magazine versus a 10-round magazine, if you got three 10-round magazines a little bit of practice you can change that magazine in less than a second. So it's to me, just kind of, it doesn't make sense to me," concluded Murray.
While just 25-percent of KSLA News 12 viewers who responded to our poll support a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines, that same Pew Research poll shows 55-percent of Americans overall support that idea.
Tuesday, May 21 2013 5:00 PM EDT2013-05-21 21:00:58 GMT
Residents in tornado-stricken Moore, OK, await news on missing love ones Tuesday, a day after a massive tornado devastated the city, killing at least 51. Rescuers worked all night, with particular attentionMore >>
The tornado, with winds up to 200 mph, cut a 20-mile stretch as wide as two miles through the Oklahoma City metro area. The medical examiner's office reported 24 people died, including nine children. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 3:28 AM EDT2013-05-21 07:28:53 GMT
Four days after storms swept through the Ark-La-Tex, people who live along Barron Road in Keithville are still cleaning up. Now, they're bracing for more possible severe weather on Tuesday.More >>
Four days after storms swept through the Ark-La-Tex, people who live along Barron Road in Keithville are still cleaning up. Some lost their homes, others lost their cars. Now, they are bracing for what future storms may bring.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 10:14 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:14:25 GMT
A copy of a daily journal Allen's mother says her son kept, documenting school bullying
An ArkLaTex mother says her son was pushed to the edge by bullying, and took his own life as a result. More >>
An ArkLaTex mother says her son was pushed to the edge by bullying, and took his own life as a result. Now, she's speaking out in hopes of putting a stop to what she claims is an ongoing problem in the tiny McCurtain County town of Smithville, OK.More >>
If you really want to focus on the weather, our KSLA StormTracker 12 Weather app for Android and iPhone has location-based weather alerts, interactive radar, 10 day and hourly forecasts for any city. More >>
If you really want to focus on the weather, our KSLA StormTracker 12 Weather app for Android, iPhone and iPad has location-based weather alerts, interactive radar, 10 day and hourly forecasts for any city. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:36 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:36:49 GMT
(RNN) – A day after long track tornadoes devastated Shawnee and Edmond, OK, another round has begun near Oklahoma City.KOCO broadcast a slow rotating cloud that slowly extended down towards the groundMore >>
Dozens of people have died after a second day of tornadoes twisted through Oklahoma, this time taking aim at the town of Moore, south of Oklahoma City.More >>