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Nation divided by gun fears - of firearms, or of bans

January 26, 2013 | Virginia News

By Joanne Kimberlin | The Virginian-Pilot

Guns embody the divide in America. In the wake of December's elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn., those on one side of the gulf think fewer firearms are the answer, while those on the other think the answer is more.

The dissonance played out in record crowds at last weekend's gun show in Hampton, contrasted with a pile of firearms turned in to a Virginia Beach pawn shop by owners who want them destroyed.

"They've brought them in because they're disgusted by the tragedy in Connecticut," said Nathan Segal, owner of Nathan's Lynnhaven Pawn Shop. "They don't want guns in their lives anymore."

Some are looking to sell, but with a condition that their firearms be resold only to hunters. Others are determined that their weapons never be used by anyone again - a sometimes painful situation for Segal, who appreciates the craftsmanship of finer firearms:

"We try to explain to them that they have a very nice piece - one that will bring them a lot of money if we sell it to a collector. Sometimes they agree. Sometimes they don't. It's like it's got bad mojo or something. They want it destroyed."

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