Courtesy photo

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Living half a mile away from the house where the alleged shooter in the Feb. 20, 2016 Kalamazoo killings has reinforced one Western Michigan University senior’s belief that fewer guns means less violence.

This unlikely proximity caused Austin Lutz to believe that if guns were taken away from the public market, gun violence could decrease.

“Would there be situations where people had their hands up and got shot if the threat of having a gun on that person is taken away?” Lutz asked.

Despite this belief, Lutz does own a .22 caliber handgun, which was given to him by his grandfather. He keeps the gun under his bed for defense reasons. He has shot it for fun, but hopes that’s all he will ever use it for.

“I hope I never have to make the decision in my life in whether or not to shoot a person in order to protect myself,” he said.

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