Last month, a 19-year-old man walked into a DeKalb County elementary school with an AK-47 assault rifle and briefly exchanged gunfire with police before being talked out of what could have been another horrific tragedy akin to what the nation saw last year in Newtown, Conn.
Last week, a man walked into the Washington Navy Yard and shot and killed 12 people. Earlier this week, President Barack Obama memorialized those victims, saying the country should honor them by demanding a change in gun laws.
The president cast blame on mass shootings such as those in Newtown and Washington on laws that fail, "to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and dangerous people."
But opponents of gun control will quickly point to incidents such as what happened Thursday in unincorporated Norcross, when a home invasion suspect was shot by the homeowner.
Or this summer in the Little Five Points area of Atlanta, when a man attempting to rob a group of people waiting in line to purchase a new shoe line, was shot dead by one of the would-be victims.