The Sandy Hook shooting deaths have everyone on edge and wondering just how safe they - and their children - really are.
The focus naturally turns to guns, and how to keep weapons from the hands of those who would kill the innocent and unarmed.
And it has put those who sell guns in the spotlight.
Dick's Sporting Goods, which has over 500 stores in 44 states including Peachtree Corners, sells rifles, shotguns and ammunition. Shortly after the Friday shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the company made an announcement that "out of respect for the victims and their families," it would remove all guns from sale and from display at its store nearest to Newtown, Conn.
"The company also made the decision to pull sporting rifles from all stores," said Ryan Carson, the store manager at the Peachtree Corners location. Other models of rifles and ammunition would still be available for purchase he said.
At the Norcross Gun Club and Range, also located in Peachtree Corners, owner Cara Workman said it would be business as usual.
"We continue to follow all state and local requirements," said Workman. Anyone coming into the store is required to complete a form that includes a background check that's run through NICS (the FBI's national instant criminal background check system, she said.
It's a thorough examination that will flag anyone who "even an unpaid speeding, parking or other traffic ticket," she said.
The gun range sells handguns, rifles and both semi- and automatic-rifles. Chris Sterling, the general manager, said the store has no plans of removing the store's automatic rifles from the shelves.
"We're all sad about what happened in Connecticut," said Sterling, "but there are more people killed by drunk drivers every year. Are they going to outlaw alcohol to eliminate those kinds of deaths from happening?"
President Obama has vowed to get something done to ensure a tragedy such as this would not occur again. Locally the Georgia General Assembly will face the issue of stricter gun control when it convenes in January.
But gun advocates quickly point out that "guns don't kill people, people kill." The National Riffle Association (NRA), a strong advocate of our 2nd Amendment rights, has been mostly silent since the shootings, issuing only a short statement that expressing saddness of the shootings and out of respect for the families who had lost loved ones would wait until later to make a public statement.
The NRA has been in the spotlight since the school shootings and is expected to hold a press conference on Friday regarding the call for stronger gun control and the possible ban of automatic weapons.
So what is the answer? Is it a simple matter of mandating stricter gun controls? Or is the issue much more complex?