ABC27 viewers weigh in on gun debate

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – There are more than 300 million guns in the United States; enough for every man, woman, and child. In your Corner reporter Kendra Nichols kicks off her series on guns by talking to people in the community to see what they think about the topic.

ABC27 set up shop in different spots across the Midstate and let the conversations begin. Opinions on the topic varied. Some felt guns represented violence, others felt guns are a normal part of growing up and people should be able to protect themselves.

No topic was off limits, including the media and their coverage of guns.

“I think the media blows things out of proportion a lot of time. Very rarely is it the facts,” Patrick and Lynn of Carlisle said.

“They make a whole lot of crap up,” said James, of York.

“There is too much fear being developed,” said Russ, of Harrisburg.

“It is fair,” Eric of Harrisburg said, “but there is a lot of words that push people’s buttons such as semi-automatic.”

ABC27 also put people to the test, asking them to compare a Mini-14 and AR-15. Many were surprised to find that while the firearms look very different, they have a lot in common.

Misconceptions about certain terms were also cleared up, like what does A-R stand for in AR-15?

“Many people think it’s assault rifle, but A-R stands for Armalite, which is the maker of the gun, ” said James, of York.

While the group differed on opinions when it came to current laws, there was a common theme.

“More education,” Jamie said

“There needs to be training,” Lynn said.

“People need to be educated on how to handle them properly,” said Russ.

“Education should probably be a bigger issue,” said James.

Part two of our series will focus on current laws and firearm terminology. Do you know what semi-automatic means? Join ABC27 this week at 5:30 p.m. as the gun debate continues.

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