Shooting victim: Tougher gun control not the answer

Shooting victim: Tougher gun control not the answer »Play Video
Layla Bush
SEATTLE -- A woman who survived the Jewish Federation shooting in Seattle says tougher gun control will not put a stop to gun violence.

A gunman shot Layla Bush twice and put a bullet in her spine in 2006. Bush still suffers from her injury, and walks with a cane.

While she welcomes the national debate on gun control, she is a firm believer in the right to bear arms.

"I think if anything, we need more education about guns as opposed to more bureaucracy and controls," she said. "I think it's great that it's actually making people reconsider and re-look at gun control laws."

Bush also does not believe in banning assault weapons or limiting high-capacity magazine clips.

"I got shot by a man who bought his guns legally, who did not have high-capacity magazines. And six people still got shot, and one killed," she said.

Gun control advocates say the deadly school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut redefined the issue for Americans, and the White House is wise to seek change through this tragedy.

"It's 30 days off from Sandy Hook and the movement is getting stronger," said Ralph Fascitelli of Washington Ceasefire.

Vice President Joe Biden is hammering out a new set of gun control policies, which he will deliver to the president on Tuesday.

"There is a surprising - so far - surprising recurrence of suggestions that we have universal background checks," Biden said, "not just close the gun show loophole but total universal background checks, including private sales"

Washington Ceasefire has doubts change will come at the federal level, and is focused on state lawmakers for solutions.

"Our push is to ban semi-automatic assault weapons and then come back and close the gun show loophole," Fascitelli said.

Washington Ceasefire is organizing a march to support gun control at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. The march will begin at Westlake Center.

State lawmakers will also be proposing a number of bills this legislative session ranging from an assault weapons ban to tougher penalties for kids caught with guns.