The gun control debate has been a hot topic in the news recently and we wanted to know how you felt about it. 5 News hit the streets Wednesday to get your reactions on a speech President Obama made earlier that afternoon.
We received a lot of mixed emotions and reactions on this topic. Some of the people we spoke with strongly believe it's their right to have weapons while others supported gun reform change.
One man said that President Obama shouldn't have a say in the right to have firearms because he doesn't have the fear of needing protection. He told 5 News that the President has a lot of people protecting him, but everyday people do not. On the other hand, one woman said she is happy with Obama's proposals and hopes it will cut back on some of the violence.
"It made me feel good because I don't like guns. If they stop selling guns like they do because really anyone can go buy a gun," said Lavonta Fauntleroy, Virginia Resident.
On the other side of this issue, Barbour County Resident Charles Knight said; "They ain't getting mine until they pry them out of my hands and I'll be stone cold dead when they do that. I think it's my right, I'm an American. It's always been my right to bare arms".
The National Rifle Association of America released the following statement in response to President Obama’s Gun control proposals:
"Throughout its history, the National Rifle Association has led efforts to promote safety and responsible gun ownership. Keeping our children and society safe remains our top priority. The NRA will continue to focus on keeping our children safe and securing our schools, fixing our broken mental health system, and prosecuting violent criminals to the fullest extent of the law. We look forward to working with Congress on a bi-partisan basis to find real solutions to protecting America’s most valuable asset – our children. Attacking firearms and ignoring children is not a solution to the crisis we face as a nation. Only honest, law-abiding gun owners will be affected and our children will remain vulnerable to the inevitability of more tragedy."