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Locals give their thoughts on recent shootings

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - America has seen a record number of mass shootings in 2015. And as tension and confusion continues to escalate across the country, thoughts about what should be done vary from person to person.

Just a week before the mass shooting that killed more than a dozen people, Robert Dear was charged with killing three people at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood, including a police officer. In June, the violence hit close to home when nine people were murdered inside a Charleston church.

Those shootings have left Americans reeling and debating whether changes in gun laws would help stop the shootings.

"Well I don't think we need more laws, I do think we need more people to enforce the law. I don't think the penalties are strong enough," said Toney, a woman living in Myrtle Beach.

Toney also believes it’s not a lack of gun laws but a lack of faith that’s creating more violence. "I don’t like the fact that they took God out of our lives. And maybe if you put him back in we can have some sort of hopeful outcome."

While the answer to stopping the violence may not be clear, the result of these shootings is. Many say now their main concern is not knowing when it might happen again, including Lenny Belvadere.

"I mean you look law abiding, but you just don't know, do you? You just don't know, and that's the whole problem," Belvedere said.

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