03/11/2013 12:24 pm ET

Latinos And Their Role In The Current Gun Debate

Artemisa Gaxiola's pink .38-caliber revolver matches her necklace and makeup.

Gaxiola, a 30-year-old massage therapist, said she has been attracted to guns ever since she was a teen growing up in her native Hermosillo, where she often hunted with family.

The national gun debate that has resonated from the nation's capital to Tucson's City Council chambers does not change her opinion about gun ownership.

"The gun is not bad. It is how the person uses the gun," Gaxiola said.

Latinos like Gaxiola could have a lot of influence in the ongoing debate over gun legislation, according to some political analysts.

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