LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Gun control
and safety continues to be at the center of a growing discussion in Washington.
Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden met
with law enforcement representatives for the first meeting of the President's
task force on gun violence.
It's a topic Governor Steve Beshear
wanted to talk about on Thursday as he looked back on 2012.
"The tragedy in Connecticut it's
almost incomprehensible," said Beshear, "It is very difficult to get our minds
around what happened."
The thought that if it happened there
it could happen in Kentucky caused parents to run in fear this week to pick up
their kids from Pleasure Ridge Park High School, Meade County High School,
North Bullitt High School and Jeffersonville High School, all because of an incident or social media threat.
Beshear explained, "That school in Connecticut
was probably as ready as you could be. Their doors were locked and all safety
stuff was in place and the tragedy still happened."
Twenty six people died inside Sandy Hook Elementary School, 20 of
them little children. The 2nd deadliest school shooting in U.S. history, prompting another argument over gun
control. he number of arguments over the
topic at this point too numerous to count.
"I'm a strong supporter of the second
amendment but to me this is not about the second amendment. This is about the
safety of our kids," Beshear said of his stance on the issue.
Gov. Beshear will let our elected
officials in Washington lead the weapons charge, but feels we do have work to
start at home.
His feels, "What we can do here
locally is look at mental health."
Peter Earley, a mental health advocate
and author said, "We need to fix the system, it shouldn't be easier to get an
assault rifle than it is to get mental health care."
One in 17 Americans lives with mental
illness. Along with that diagnosis comes
the stigma and the high cost of healthcare, but doing nothing may cost us all a
great deal more than money.
Beshear said, "We all ought to be
open to looking and thinking about any and all options that are out there to
protect our children,"
Budget cuts have caused a few
"cut backs" but no problems according to the governor, "We haven't been
able to perform as many school audits in terms of our safety programs but every
school has a safety plan. They are
constantly reviewed and updated."
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