Local residents, Ohio's governor sound off on curbing gun violence in America

TOLEDO, Ohio (13abc Action News) - It's hard to forget horrific scenes like those from the mass shootings in Nevada and Texas.

"It's sad. It's just very sad," said area resident Kristy Voss.

Back in October, a gunman opened fire on a Las Vegas concert killing 58 people. A little more than a month later, 25 people were killed in a mass shooting at a small Texas church.

In the wake of all the violence, people are looking for solutions, including Ohio Gov. John Kasich on ABC's "This Week."

"I want to get a group of reasonable people, pro-gun people and those who favor limits on gun ownership, and I want to put them in a room and see if we can find some common ground," Kasich told ABC's Martha Raddatz.

But people in Northwest Ohio are also searching for an answer to the bloodshed.

"It's just a sad world that we're living in right at the moment," said Voss.

She says she has nothing against owning guns, but wants to see something done about the types people can get.

"I mean, a rifle maybe for protection, but other than that, I don't think you need a high-power assault weapon," said Voss.

But others believe protection of the second amendment—the right to bear arms—is something that needs to be carefully considered before enacting restrictions.

"I don't, personally, support infringing people's constitutional rights," said area resident Steve Huffman. "However, if it's something that saves lives and has a reasonable chance of success, then I'm all for it."

With differing opinions reaching far beyond Ohio, leaders like Gov. Kasich believe a serious conversation is needed to reach some sort of a solution.

"If we can get pro-gun and those who want to have limits on some of the things that we see...that is the best chance to be able to advance something," said Kasich told ABC's Martha Raddatz.