New York City – Americans at Big Apple shared their thoughts on gun control and how the issue affects their midterm votes.
“Here’s the thing about gun control law: it does not solve the problem,” Lionel Fox from Chicago told News. He said there were mental health issues behind the shooting.
But Karen, from Massachusetts, said she would consider a political candidate if she had “good ideas on how to have gun control in this country.”
Gun control has become a high-profile issue 10 days after a school shooter massacred 19 children and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas, after a racist gunman killed 10 people at a buffalo grocery store. These events led President Biden on Saturday to sign the most comprehensive gun control law in three decades.
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“I would never vote for a Republican,” Mila Fox of New York told the News. She said she would consider voting for a Democrat in the midterm elections if the focus was on strict enforcement of gun control.
Glenn, a New Yorker, said: “It’s nice to know candidates have those positions and to focus that way. But they can do more.
In a Gallup poll published Thursday, 55% of registered voters said the gun policy was “extremely important” to their November vote, while another 27% said it was “very important”.
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Lucien, from Massachusetts, said he grew up with guns and “bought a shotgun to hunt at age 14”.
“People didn’t shoot people,” he added.
But Lucin also argued for “more powerful background checks.”
“It’s good to have a gun as long as you can handle it and be smart enough to have it,” he told Fox News.
The bilateral bill signed by Biden will improve background checks and encourage states to pass red flag laws that allow them to take guns from people who pose a threat to themselves or others.
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“People are going to get guns no matter what,” Lucine said. “Think about what we did with drugs, how it worked, how prohibition worked.”
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“You can’t get rid of guns, but you have to be better at the hands that hold them and the people who hold them,” Lucine continued.
Mark, from Boston, said the government needs to ensure “better checks on people who have guns.”
Citizens should not have guns because “they want to have one for their own personal protection,” he said. “That’s why the police are there.”