Debate rages over gun regulations
Local supporters and opponents have plenty to say on the new gun regulations. YNN's Katie Morse tells us why Western New Yorkers on both sides of the aisle are speaking out.
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NIAGARA COUNTY, N.Y. -- At the Niagara Gun Range Tuesday, new gun restrictions were the talk of the shop.
Owner Dennis Deasy says he knows New York State is trying to solve the gun violence issue, but the people who come to his range have nothing to do with it.
"The criminal is still gonna get their hands on the guns. They've always gotten their hands on the guns. All illegally - and that's the key thing. They're all illegal. The legal gun owners are not the problem. They've never been the problem," said Deasy.
Reverend Jimmie Seright agrees with that concept, but he supports the new restrictions. He says gun owners should too, because it's only making the streets safer.
"They're not talking about taking away the guns. Just more restrictions on the use of them. If we can keep our kids out of harm's way, and we can keep some of these dangerous firearms out of others hands that they shouldn't be in, let's do what it takes to do it," said Rev. Seright.
But Deasy says the laws punish the wrong people, and they're missing the mark. He says the problem starts with kids who think guns are toys, and parents who don't pay attention to what their kids are learning, or don't care.
"It's kinda sorry when I have a six- or eight-year-old kid coming in here telling me he knows what exactly what gun I have and how it works. A kid that young shouldn't have that kind of knowledge, but he learns it on the video games," said Deasy.
And as for the old saying "Guns don't kill people - people kill people" - that's a debate as well.
"Without the gun, the people couldn't do anything. The fact of the matter is it is the gun. So let's restrict it. Let's just restrict it. Put restrictions on it. Not saying take it away, but we have to have restrictions. That's a start, so let's start there," said Seright.