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For the Record - August 2, 2019

Voices Around Town

Asked in downtown Mountain View. Photos and interviews by Nisha Malley.

Have you ever owned or considered buying a gun?

"No, I haven't. I probably wouldn't (buy one). My grandfather had guns. He had them mostly for hunting. Since I don't really have a use for a gun, I don't see a need to get one."

Hannah Gravius, Mountain View

"I have never owned a gun, and I have never considered owning a gun, and the reason for that is I know the statistics. Guns are more likely to be used against the members of the household than in their defense. So you're more likely to die in a household that owns a gun."

Laurel McClure, Mountain View

"Why, if you live in a functioning society, would you ever want to own a gun? When you live outside of the U.S. and you get a little perspective, you realize how extreme of an idea it is, that you would own a weapon that could hurt you or other people. Gun issues in the U.S. are a lack of self-reflection in our part ... The idea that someone could come into my children's school and shoot them is an intolerable idea."

Carolyn Daher, Barcelona, Spain

"I've never owned a gun. I can't own a gun. I've been 5150'd ... That's a classification for people who have been in psychiatric holds. I don't really want to own a gun."

Erika Montelibano, Mountain View

"I do not own one. I have considered (it) just because people are crazy — I don't know if that's the right way of saying it — but I have not because just the risk of having one at home seems too high with kids."

Tom McMahon, San Jose

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