By Henni Espinosa, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Jan. 8, 2013

SAN BRUNO, Calif. – Twenty-one-year old Vivian Abellana is a member of the National Rifle Association and believes America shoudl always uphold the second amendment — the right to keep and bear arms.

She said, “I don’t exactly collect multiple guns because they’re so pricey. But I do like to shoot multiple kinds of rifles and shotguns.”

Abellana started target shooting four years ago and she said there’s no feeling like it. She said, “You definitely get a rush, especially during your first time shooting a gun. You feel empowered.”

She said she’s against the Obama administration’s big push to curb violence by focusing on stricter gun control measures. Abellana said guns are not the problem.

She cited a graph from the U.S. government which lists the ten big killers in the U.S., with tobacco use leading the list at 529,000 deaths per year and firearm homicides at the bottom of the list with 11,493 deaths per year.

With the country still reeling from the deadly school shooting in Connecticut, many people all over the country are calling on the Obama government to pass stricter gun control measures all over the country — to make America a safer place again.

Lawmakers are reportedly considering measures beyond reinstating a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines — and these include universal background checks for gun buyers, a national gun database, strengthening mental health checks, and tougher penalties for people carrying guns near schools or giving them to minors.

These Filipinos, who have never owned guns, favor stricter gun laws in the country. Neisy Flores said, “Not everyone should have easy access to guns.”

Louie Lozano said, “Guns are not always used for good. We need stricter gun laws for those who intend to use it to harm other people.”

For Abellana though, the real solution to stop violence is to teach people about the value of life. She said, “Guns may have killed people and may have caused crazy incidents, but many people have been saved from getting killed, robbed and raped — because of it. Guns have played a role in the security of people.”

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