He said legislators quick to call for gun control are missing the big picture.
Gun-free zones are merely an invitation to those inclined to commit gun violence, Long added.
"They attack where we're most vulnerable," he said, noting no law will stop all violence from a group he collectively referred to as "nuts."
Identifying and dealing with underlying mental and emotional problems is a good step, he said, but limiting law-abiding citizens' access to guns will only exacerbate the problem.
"You can't legislate nuts," he said. "We need to listen to them, maybe."
Linda Driscoll said she supports the reasoning behind certain aspects of recent gun control proposals.
"I don't agree with the [use of] extended clips," she said. "I agree with background checks."
She said she supports responsible gun ownership and doesn't believe any of the current discussion will result in any infringement on the constitutionally protected right to bear arms.
"I really don't think they're going to bother it," she said. "Both sides are trying to talk over each other."
Driscoll said there is blame to go around, noting much of today's entertainment contributes to a violent culture.
"Some of the video games are bad," she said. "I think it desensitizes them."
Plumlee compared banning guns to ineffective drug laws, noting, "If you make it illegal, only criminals will have it anyway."
Among lawmakers, as in the public square, debate on this issue will undoubtedly continue as all involved hope to prevent gun-related tragedies.
In response to a shooting Tuesday at a Houston-area community college, State Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, introduced a bill Wednesday to allow concealed handgun license holders to carry their weapons into college buildings. A similar measure failed to pass in 2011.
Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels, said the shooter in that incident could have easily turned the gun on other students. She said if that happens, other students should be allowed to defend themselves.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.