Tucson Shootings Reload Debate on Gun Control

STERLING, Va. - Beyond all the pain he caused last Saturday, Jared Loughner's barrage of gunfire - he hit 19 people using a 33 shot magazine - has reloaded the debate over gun control. Gun control proponents believe the wounding of a Congresswoman is a political game changer, reports CBS News correspondent Wyatt Andrews.

"The fact that it's personal, one of their own I think is going to make a difference this time," said Paul Helmke, the president of the Brady Campaign, a nonpartisan group that works to fight gun violence.

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And so in the wake of Tucson, Congressman Peter King, R-N.Y. would make it a Federal crime to carry a gun within 1,000 feet of a member of Congress. Rep. Gary Ackerman, D-N.Y., wants more mandatory background checks at gun shows and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y., whose husband was the victim of gun violence, would ban the sale and import of gun magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.

But a gun store in Virginia everyone CBS News spoke with said gun control won't work.

Gun rights proponents say Congress should be focused on stopping the mentally ill from buying guns.

"It's not the 10-round, 15-round magazines," said Earl Curtis, the owner of Blue Ridge Arsenal. "It's the system that failed."

Most gun owners say restrictions on magazines won't make any difference to a determined killer, because semi-automatic guns, like the Glock used in Tucson, are easy to reload.

And the political reality is that even after Tucson, both houses of Congress are largely pro-gun. Even Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, whose wounding made it personal, has boasted she's very good with her Glock.