Residents vocal on city joining coalition against gun violence
Updated: Wednesday, April 17 2013, 08:41 AM EDT
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Battle Creek residents packed city hall on Tuesday to speak their minds about whether the city should join a national coalition of cities against gun violence.
The organization called "Mayors Against Illegal Guns" currently has more than 900 members. It was started by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.
But not everyone is okay with the coalition.
City hall was so packed at the meeting that not everyone made it in, but those who did, were vocal about their opinions.
"Some people believe it's a god given right, but it's a human right to carry a gun and defend yourself and those around you,” said one resident.
“We got to have control, we have got to have a reasonable amount of common sense. We can't just let anybody go out there carrying a gun." said another.
There was no decision made at the meeting on whether Battle Creek will join the coalition.
13 cities in Michigan have already joined, including Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo.