The issue of gun control is currently a hot button one in this country, and on Wednesday, a discussion to crack down on illegal gun use and trafficking turned into a heated debate at the Jefferson Educational Society.
Rob Conroy of CeaseFirePA
was in Erie Wednesday to talk about ways to keep our neighborhood safe, and free from illegal guns, but instead, it turned into a pro-gun versus anti gun debate.
The gun violence talk in Erie came on the heels of Vice President Joe Biden beginning a series of gatherings aimed at creating a consensus on what do about gun violence on a national level.
Biden met with victims and gun safety advocates on Wednesday, and on Thursday, he'll talk with gun advocacy groups.
The issue being talked about in Washington, D.C. are the same ones being brought up here. Many people throughout the community, showed up to work on a solution, including political figures and police officers.
Those we spoke to say now is the time for something to be done, but it seems there are many differing views on what exactly needs to change.
John Steiner of Erie says he's worked in the juvenile system for years, and its important to look at mental health records.
"We need to focus on the folks with mental health issues, because they're the ones that are committing the crimes," said Steiner.
Others like John Sestak of Erie say more rules and regulation are not the answer.
"The answer is in the federal law," said Sestak. "If we force the US Attorney Office to enforce the federal law, you can get these guys off the streets for 10, 20 years."
There are many viewpoints and opinions that people have, and legislators are going to have their hands full when talking about what to do with gun violence not just in Erie, but nation wide.