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Stanton: Americans are ready for gun control changes

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton says he supports tighter gun restrictions and following the mass shootings in Colorado and Connecticut he believes Americans are ready for a change.

"We're not naive, we know it will take a lot more," he said Monday. "But it's part of the issue of these incredible instances of gun violence and tragedies resulting from that."

Stanton said he is behind several changes to gun laws in the coming year.

"We are supportive of assault weapons regulations, reducing high capacity ammo magazines and eliminating gun show loopholes."

Stanton also supports placing more police officers in schools as resource officers, not armed guards, and feels that addressing mental health care in America will help reduce mass shootings.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite food: Steak and shrimp, and any food on campouts.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Favorite news memory: The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. The 2007 Southern California Firestorm and being at Sky Harbor Airport when the first plane lifted off several days after 9-11. Seeing the American flag on the tail of the Salt Lake City-bound Delta airliner as it took off still gives me goosebumps.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges -- which was outstanding --, Lonesome Dove.

First job: Spinning records at KLER Radio Orofino, Idaho 1980.

First concert: KISS/Cheap Trick 1977 Spokane, WA Coliseum.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, The University of Montana Grizzlies and Texas Rangers.

Outside interests: Sports, camping, fishing, traveling.

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