BENTON, Ky. (AP) — Jeff Dysinger’s daughter survived a shooting at her Kentucky high school, but he and many others in the rural community haven’t joined the national outcry over guns.
Disagreements about gun control are often drawn along urban and rural lines. A Pew Research poll from April 2017 shows 63 percent of Americans in rural areas say it’s more important to support gun rights than gun control, compared to 37 percent in cities.
Dysinger owns an AR-15 rifle, the same weapon used by a gunman who killed 17 people at a Parkland, Florida, high school in February.
He says people in rural Kentucky are raised to use and respect guns, but people in urban areas don’t understand that.
Laws that curb gun ownership have made progress in Florida but are a hard sell in Kentucky.