Hudson Valley divided on gun control

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The gun control debate continues in the Hudson Valley with strong opinions on both sides of the issue.

It's no surprise people across the country and lawmakers in Washington are once again talking about gun control after the horrific events in Las Vegas on Monday have put the issue into the national spotlight once again.

The problem is advocates for gun control and advocates for gun owner rights just can't seem to find any middle ground. "I think you have to take it in steps, I think you have to start somewhere as opposed to starting nowhere, and talking about it. For most folks it just doesn't make sense," says Bill Coote, of Yonkers. "Pressure ought to be on the politicians, we elect these guys to do these things, that's why we put them in office, to protect us," says John Cartwright, of Hastings-on-Hudson.

Cliff Fischer, a recreational hunter from Cortlandt Manor, tells News 12 he strongly believes the time has come for the nation to have a serious talk about passing some type of common sense laws. "If the answer is saying you can't have guns, then that's not an answer. I don't think we should do nothing. Something needs to be done."

On the News 12 Facebook page, numerous people responded to the question, “Should Congress pass stricter gun control laws?” Demi M. says "We don't need stricter gun laws. Chicago has the strictest. Not working there. 59 people were killed in Chicago last month.” While Too Funny USA says, “Just ban semiautomatic assault weapons, that would be a good start.”

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