Is gun control necessary?

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Gun control created a big divide amongst our community. Some believed a change in access could help prevent tragedies like the massacre in Connecticut. Others argued it's not the access, it's the people.

"A lot of people have the perception that it's the gun that carries out the crime in these horrible tragic events and in many places across the United States and it's not the gun that's causing the tragic event. It's the person who is behind the gun," said Representative Brad Klippert, District 8.

Representative Brad Klippert covered voter in Prosser. He didn't want to see a change in gun access. Representative Bruce Chandler covered voters in a large portion of Yakima County. He didn't want to take a stand on gun control. He said now is not the time to make this tragedy political. Other lawmakers agreed families should have time to grieve before they took action.

"We're just in shock and I think grieving for both the parents and the children in Connecticut and I think that's the focus right now," said Representative Brad Chandler, District 15.

However, Representative Chandler was supportive of changes or recommendations schools made.

"There are a lot of schools and school districts around the state that even here in Central Washington are re-examining their security," said Representative Chandler.

Dianne Mabry grew up around guns and believed they're a necessary solution to protect our homes, families, and businesses.

"There may have been a way to prevent the tragedy that happened on Friday if someone had been armed in school and knew how to use a gun," said Dianne.

No matter where you stood on the issue, the conversation on gun control was underway.