Cumberland Times-News

April 10, 2013

Survey: More regulations wanted

Randy Griffith
Associated Press

— WINDBER, Pa. — With the U.S. Senate wrangling its way toward its first showdown vote today on new gun restrictions, a local health advocacy program is showing leaders how those concerned about school violence feel.

The Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at Windber Research Institute on Tuesday released survey results from those participating in February’s public forum, “School and Community Safety: Lessons Learned from Sandy Hook.”

“The results of this survey ... are indeed enlightening and hopefully informative,” center director Dr. Matthew Masiello said in the report’s executive summary.

“Enlightening, in that the message in this survey may be quite different from what our politicians and others are delivering to the public. Informative, in the hope that our legislators are listening and will use community data to support and direct them in their decision-making activities.”

Most of those responding reported they own guns, but an even larger majority support tightened regulations.

Nearly half of the forum participants responded to the 27-question survey developed through discussions at the Feb. 7 event. Participants included law enforcement officers, educators, mental health workers, healthcare workers, government representatives and concerned citizens.