But many others believe a larger cultural issue is at the root of violent acts. They say it's prevalent in video games and other forms of entertainment.
"I think it depends more on parents. I play violent video games, but for the most part I am not a violent person," says Jensen Fleet.
"We refer to them as the shoot-em-up games, however my son knows the difference between what's right and what's wrong," says parent Matthew Dawson.
Those WHAG spoke with say, more than content, it's the parenting that matters.
"I don't think guns are the problem. We are dealing with a bigger issue here, and that is the lack of parental rearing and parental guidance and giving our children a strong foundation," says parent Hilary Fisher.
"No I think the parents have a moral responsibility to teach the kids what's right and wrong verses blaming it on something else as far as gun laws are concerned or video game sin general," says Matthew Dawson.
So while congress tackles legislation on gun control, lawmakers won't be able to legislate parenting...leaving some questioning whether the real issues are even being addressed.
Meanwhile West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller plans to re-introduce a bill next week to direct the National Academy of Sciences to undertake a comprehensive study of the impact of children on violent content, including video and TV programs.
Since President Obama's announcement of his gun control proposals, some states have already responded, saying they would move to block the law's enforcement.