YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – In the wake of Sunday’s events, WKBN went out to the streets to see how people of the Mahoning Valley were reacting.
Most people said that despite the recent attacks, they will not change their lifestyle. Some said they are now a bit more cautious, but the attacks will not hinder them from going out at night and living their lives.
“Anything could happen at any point, but I think as a society we need to start actually taking care of each other instead of being so angry and vengeful,” said Andrea Mascher, an East Palestine resident.
Parishioners at the LGBT-friendly Unitarian Universalist Church in Youngstown said they aren’t going to live in fear, but they hope attitudes change.
“We have to be reasonable about what’s going on. Not everyone should have a gun and we should have some regulation. I think most gun owners would agree with that. If this doesn’t wake people up I’m not sure what will,” said parishioner Tom Beck.
At the same church, Minister Matt Alspaugh said gun control is just the beginning of a much larger issue, one that needs to be examined immediately.
“It’s a much larger and complex question of simply who gets guns. Even if you don’t agree with the tenants and ideas of groups other than your own, how can we stay connected and love them, have a relationship with all people in this world,” Alspaugh said.
People in downtown Youngstown are horrified by Sunday’s events. But, they aren’t going to stop going to bars and night spots, like those along Federal Street.
“I try to always be self-conscious about what’s happening and not be too insecure,” said Gino West, a Youngstown resident.