WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- A tragic shooting at Fort Hood military base in Texas on Wednesday that killed four and injured several has brought the topic of gun control back to the forefront of the minds of many in White Plains.
The incident is, unfortunately, not the first of its kind. A similar tragedy occurred at the base in 2009, when a soldier opened fire and killed 13 people. It is regarded as the deadliest shooting on a military base in American history.
In light of the incident, shoppers in White Plains took a few minutes to weigh in with their views on gun control.
Melissa Amaya, who studies at SUNY Purchase in Harrison, hadn't heard about the shooting, but had a strong stance on gun control.
"It's probably a good idea to screen the people we're licensing to carry deadly weapons," she said, "The problem isn't the guns, it's the people who we're licensing to use them that don't do so responsibly."
"Last semester in a sociology class I took, there was a young man who felt it should be everyone's right to own guns. I have to disagree. We should be checking criminal histories and doing background checks before we give out guns so less people get hurt," she said.
John Wilson of Greenburgh said, "I don't really have an opinion on it, but it's terrible that this kind of thing is still happening. I absolutely support gun control, but it's never going to happen here."
Jennifer Johnson of Cortlandt Manor said the U.S. should be doing more to help its military maintain mental health.
"It's definitely scary that this is happening on military bases, with people who are supposed to keep us safe," said Jennifer Johnson of Cortlandt Manor. "A military base is supposed to be secure. These soldiers are obviously not getting the help they need when they come back."
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