Community discusses how to move forward after Las Vegas shooting

Voices unite in effort to move forward

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - After events like the recent attack in Las Vegas, many people are asking what can be done to prevent these horrible massacres from happening again.
 
What do people want to see happen moving forward and how is the community reacting after such a devastating event? Amanda Jaeger went to the Little Rock River Market District with nothing but two chairs, cameras and a sign.
 
The sign asked people how they felt about the tragedy in Las Vegas and their hope for this country moving forward.
 
It was a chance for us to listen and have genuine, face-to-face conversations with people in Little Rock about something that affects us all.
 
For Lisa Phelps, the attack made her question why so many things like this keep happening. 
 
“I am trying to figure out the rhyme of the reason why it keeps happening over and over,” said Phelps. 
 
She said she is still amazed by the good in Americans.
 
“We come together and that is something very profound about the United States,” she said. “It seems no matter what we’re hit with we keep rebounding in a positive way.”   
    
For Linda Stone, she finds the whole thing devastating, yet she's unsure of what policies, if any, should change.
 
“It’s a tough call because we do have the right to bear arms and we have the right to keep arms,” she said. “I feel that some weapons shouldn't be allowed and 40-plus weapons for one person is a lot of weapons.”
 
For Brandon Roberts, he feels gun regulation isn’t always the best answer.
 
“It’s not necessarily gun regulation that we need, it’s less illegal guns out there,” he said. “We need more documented and registered weapons.”     
    
Beyond the policy questions, the whole situation has impacted Roberts emotionally.
 
“Not knowing the underlying motives for someone’s actions is really disturbing,” he said. “Imagine what someone else thinking like this could do.” 
 
He's ready to see change in leadership to solve problems.
 
“Right now I think it’s in the garbage,” he said. “It’s trash.”
 
Renita Brown thinks we need better leadership to help solve these types of issues.
 
“We're in a rocky place for sure and we need a lot of guidance a lot of leadership,” she said. 
 
She said she isn’t going to let the fear of copycat attacks destroy her life.
 
“I’m going to a concert this weekend,” she said. “I can’t live my life in fear but every time I go out I am going to be aware of my surroundings.”
 
Kayla Esmond is also not going to let fear impact her choices, but she does want the events to impact our actions to make change. 
 
“We haven’t done anything to change the culture or the laws to protect ourselves from this happening over and over,” Esmond said. 
 
She said change has to start with all of us.
 
“Do something beyond complaining on Facebook,” she said. “Whatever you think the solution is, fight for that solution.”

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