CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy says a meaningful response to the Connecticut school shooting, and shootings everywhere, would be to hold gun owners more accountable.

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“Its got to stop,” McCarthy said. “People are going to have to wake up.”

Every time such an incident occurs, he said, “There a furor after it happens and then it dies down and then we talk about getting more guns”

McCarthy said that there has to be a national recognition that there has to be some sort of tracking and if gun owners were required to report the loss, theft or transfer of firearms, shootings would not occur on the scale that they are today.

Guns are often legally purchased, McCarthy said, and then illegally transferred and used in crimes.