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

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. 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. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

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