Many gathered Thursday for a community meeting about the issue.
"So we have a loaded shotgun in our bedroom. So if we had to, we would use it," said Mandi Davis, who was also a victim.
"My name is Shirley Irwin. I'm 68 years old and in my hand I have my protection," said Shirley Irwin, holding up her pistol. The widow was one of the victims.
"I have this in my purse because I fear for my family and I intend to protect us, so I carry it," said Debbie Watts, who was at the meeting. She's started carrying a gun in her purse out of fear.
"The sheriff being ill has nothing to do with the crime increase in Grainger County," said Sgt. Tim Weems, with the Grainger County Sheriff's Office, also present at the meeting.