Newtown http://wkyufm.org en Beshear: Open Debate on Gun Control, Mental Health is Needed http://wkyufm.org/post/beshear-open-debate-gun-control-mental-health-needed <p>In the wake of last week's shooting death of 26 people at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear is joining a chorus of public officials who say a national debate on gun control and mental health is needed.</p><p>Beshear is typically friendly to the National Rifle Association -- and he wouldn't comment Thursday on specific proposals. But Beshear said Thursday that he's keeping an open mind about the gun control issue.</p><p>“And I think it says to all of us, whether you’re in public office or in the private sector, that we all ought to be open to looking and thinking about any and all options out there to protect our children,” he said.</p><p>The governor also says the issue must be discussed on a national level, because state-by-state regulations would have a weak effect. Thu, 20 Dec 2012 20:21:32 +0000 23817 at http://wkyufm.org Beshear: Open Debate on Gun Control, Mental Health is Needed Gov. Beshear Asks for Moment of Silence Friday in Honor of Newtown Victims http://wkyufm.org/post/gov-beshear-asks-moment-silence-friday-honor-newtown-victims <p>Gov. Steve Beshear is asking Kentuckians to join in a moment of silence for victims of the Newtown, Conn., elementary school massacre.</p><p>The moment of silence will be observed at 9:30 a.m. local time Friday, one week after 20 first-graders and six adults were killed in a rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School.</p><p>A gunman armed with a military-style assault rifle also killed his mother at her home.</p><p>Beshear previously directed all flags at state office buildings to be lowered to half-staff in honor of the victims.</p><p>Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy has declared Friday a day of mourning in that state and asked other states to participate in a moment of silence.</p><p>Houses of worship and other buildings with bells are encouraged to sound them 26 times. Thu, 20 Dec 2012 14:21:12 +0000 Associated Press 23791 at http://wkyufm.org Kentucky Lawmaker Wants School Safety Study, Post-Newtown http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-lawmaker-wants-school-safety-study-post-newtown <p>An Eastern Kentucky lawmaker says the state needs to study whether it can put armed officers and metal detectors in all of Kentucky's 1,245 public schools in the wake of the Connecticut school shootings.</p><p>State Rep. Richard Henderson, D-Mount Sterling, said he will form a task force to look into the matter.</p><p>Last week, Jon Akers, director of the Kentucky Center for School Safety, which helps schools develop state-mandated safety plans, said there are 221 public schools in the state with on-site school resource officers. Tue, 18 Dec 2012 14:52:39 +0000 Associated Press 23675 at http://wkyufm.org Haslam: Sandy Hook Massacre Likely to Impact Gun Debate in Tennessee http://wkyufm.org/post/haslam-sandy-hook-massacre-likely-impact-gun-debate-tennessee <p>The mass-killings last week in Newtown, Connecticut have begun a national dialogue about America’s gun laws. In Tennessee, Governor Bill Haslam says the killings will likely have an impact on proposed gun legislation set to be taken up next year in the Volunteer State.</p><p>Gov. Haslam says he believes schools and universities in Tennessee should be allowed to legally ban their workers from bringing guns to work. <a href="http://www.tennessean.com/article/20121217/NEWS/312170040/" target="_blank">The Tennessean reports</a> it’s a position that puts Haslam at odds with some fellow Republicans in the Tennessee legislature. Some lawmakers in the state are proposing legislation that would force employers to allow workers to have guns in workplace parking lots, as long as owners keep those firearms in their vehicles.</p><p>A poll taken for Vanderbilt University before Friday’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown showed 53% of Tennesseans surveyed supported the so-called “guns in trunks” legislation. Mon, 17 Dec 2012 18:08:47 +0000 Kevin Willis 23639 at http://wkyufm.org