How can we bridge the gap between West Virginians who are for and against gun control?
That was the topic of conversation Thursday evening at Wheeling Jesuit University where they hosted a gun legislation forum.
The panel hosted the program to highlight the complexity of gun legislation in a rural state, such as West Virginia, where the panel said culture plays a huge part in how we view guns.
Representatives from Moms Demand Action, the NRA and academia talked to a crowd about how gun control and the pro-life movement are connected.
“There is already so much stuff on the books that not either being enforced, that’s already there, and more legislation only puts a hamper on those of us that are law-abiding gun owners,” said Wayne Shook, and N.R.A. Certified Instructor.
Debra Price, a member of Moms Demand Action, noted some statistics about gun legislation and the people of West Virginia.
“Independent polling shows that upwards of 86 percent of West Virginians favored having to have a permit to conceal carry but the West Virginia Legislature didn’t listen,” said Price.
Some people in the audience also brought up concerns about why people need to own assault weapons and they felt massacres might not be as deadly if civilians didn’t have access to those types of weapons.