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Health
2:21 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Beshear: Open Debate on Gun Control, Mental Health is Needed

Newtown area residents at a vigil in memory of the 26 killed at Sandy Hook elementary

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.

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.

“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.

The governor also says the issue must be discussed on a national level, because state-by-state regulations would have a weak effect.

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Regional
8:21 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Gov. Beshear Asks for Moment of Silence Friday in Honor of Newtown Victims

Gov. Steve Beshear is asking Kentuckians to join in a moment of silence for victims of the Newtown, Conn., elementary school massacre.

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.

A gunman armed with a military-style assault rifle also killed his mother at her home.

Beshear previously directed all flags at state office buildings to be lowered to half-staff in honor of the victims.

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.

Houses of worship and other buildings with bells are encouraged to sound them 26 times.

Education
8:52 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Kentucky Lawmaker Wants School Safety Study, Post-Newtown

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.

State Rep. Richard Henderson, D-Mount Sterling, said he will form a task force to look into the matter.

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.

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Health
12:08 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Haslam: Sandy Hook Massacre Likely to Impact Gun Debate in Tennessee

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.

Gov. Haslam says he believes schools and universities in Tennessee should be allowed to legally ban their workers from bringing guns to work. The Tennessean reports 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.

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.

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