Gun ownership rights fuel heated debate at MLK panel discussion

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Panel members discuss national and local issues Sunday night at New Life Missionary Baptist Church. The discussion was one activity to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

MATTHEW BROWN | News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 10:06 AM.

CRESTVIEW — Instead of having a regular Sunday evening service, New Life Missionary Baptist Church had a panel discussion on current events.

The discussion, sponsored by the Carver-Hill Memorial and Historical Society, involved input from community members of different political backgrounds including members of Republican, Democratic and Tea Party organizations.

County Commissioner Wayne Harris represented the Okaloosa County Commission and the Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce.

Also on the panel was Sabu Williams, representing the National Association of the Advancement of Colored People, or NAACP, and the Rev. Charles Flowers, representing the local clergy.

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The discussion became heated when gun control was raised in a question regarding the Dec. 14 tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Williams and Democratic Party member John Whitley favored banning the sale of assault rifles that can fire multiple rounds before reloading.

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