Governor Bevin says gun control won’t solve gun violence

01/26/2018 09:49 AM

Governor Bevin released a video saying more restrictions on guns won’t prevent mass shootings.

In the more than ten minute video, Bevin attributed an increase in shootings to change in culture, saying even with more gun restrictions, shootings would still happen.

“The gun is not the problem. Do we need to be thoughtful and intentional about who has access to what and what that ultimately means. Of course, but there is no responsible gun owner who doesn’t believe that,” he said. “We have a cultural problem. The mores of America, there will be many that will confuse that with morality is certainly part of it, but the mores that define who we are. And what is or is not acceptable. What we do or don’t tolerate. Where we draw lines and were we put boundaries. These things have been changing and not for the better.”

Bevin ended his video urging others to ‘start a dialogue’ to figure out how to ‘repair the fabric of America’.

Governor Bevin’s message comes after a 15-year-old male opened fire at Marshall County High School on Tuesday, killing two and injuring more than a dozen others.

The video was released a day before Governor Bevin was set to go to Marshall County to hold a ‘special ceremony.’

Watch Bevin’s full address here.

Michon Lindstrom

Michon is a producer for Pure Politics. Michon comes to Kentucky from Springfield, Illinois where she served as the statehouse reporter for the NBC affiliate. During her time in the Land of Lincoln she covered the state’s two year budget impasse and the largest school funding overall in Illinois history. Pure Politics airs weeknights at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Michon on Twitter at @MichonLindstrom or reach her by email at michon.lindstrom@charter.com

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  • Heza Putz wrote on January 26, 2018 11:32 AM :

    Well said, Governor. When the stories of Harvey Weinstein first started getting legs ol’ Harvey said he was sorry and that he would dedicate himself to fighting…wait for it…the NRA. When the floodgates opened and good ol’ Harvey was credibly accused of rape, Hollywood and Oprah wore black and acted as if ol’ Harvey’s predations were unknown and shocking… and many Americans, like me, said riiiiight you bunch of hypocritical, lying, sacks of excrement. A common refrain from liberals is that the Second Amendment was written when people owned flintlocks. Well, the First Amendment was written when all they had was ink and paper and rudimentary printing presses, and now we have cyberbullying so what’s their point? Never mind the effects of saturated, media romanticized violence on our young, but have you noticed how many times music industry events celebrating rap and hip hop result in brawls and shootings? I actually like some rap and hip hop, but, have you ever listened to gangsta’ rap? It’s the music of choice for too many fifteen year olds ruining our inner cities I can tell you that. So, to our liberal media elites so separated from real life…if the times and technology have made the Second Amendment obsolete, how about the First?

  • Ricky Lee Williams Jr. wrote on January 26, 2018 12:04 PM :

    This is a very well delivered message by Gov. Bevin. Right tone and substance of the underlying problems in our society today.. RL

  • Bill Adkins wrote on January 26, 2018 12:41 PM :

    Usual lip service and no solution from Kim Jong Bevin. Prayers and thoughts — empty.

  • Ricky Lee Williams Jr. wrote on January 26, 2018 01:29 PM :

    Bill , these kids are exposed to so much today. This music is garbage. Even Country music has went way down the last 20 years or so. Every song is about getting drunk. TV is all sex and violence. Porn today isn’t like it was back in the 80’s. The kids don’t have a chance today with this 24/7 filth. I do think we need to have a lot more dialogue on gun violence but I thought Gov. Bevin did great in this speech. One of his best while Governor and at a critical time.

    We have got to think differently about parents having kids they can’t afford. This will run into opposition from the church but it needs to be addressed. We should allow 2 kids to be born on the Government Dime ( max ) than they should get fixed until they can afford to have another. Many of these kids today are raising themselves. These parents have done checked out. Either on pain pills , nerve pills, or depressants. We have got a mess on are hands today..A civilized society is not to far away from the breaking point… RL

  • Heza Putz wrote on January 26, 2018 03:08 PM :

    Come on, Bill. If Matt Bevin pulled you from a burning car you’d probably sue him for tortious interference ;-)

  • KY Venom wrote on January 26, 2018 10:17 PM :

    I wonder EXACTLY what he would suggest that would have a meaningful impact, such as upon this shooting?

    Require all teachers to carry? Of course parents want teachers to fight to defend their children. Of course parents would not want prohibited persons from being in the classroom room with their children. As obvious a solution as this is, it would never be implemented. Heck, some people don’t want armed resource offices in some schools. Some must want their offspring to be able to terrorize others in school.

    Background checks are already required, by federal law. Obviously, that is a mute point. Besides, the kid did not buy the gun he used.

    Stealing a firearm is already illegal. However, making theft of a privately owned firearm a mandatory capital offense would reduce crime.

    Possession of a handgun by an unsupervised minor is, generally, illegal.

    Possession of a firearm on an elementary or secondary school’s grounds is generally illegal.

    What, realistically, would make a difference? Ban firearms? Sure, right along with pain killers, alcohol, cigarettes, and cars.

    What is different today? It isn’t the guns. 9mm handguns go back to the 1890’s. Handgun magazines holding 13 to 15 rounds go back to the 1930’s. Assault rifles go back to the 1940’s. The design of Armalite Rifle (the design behind the M16, M4, and AR-15) dates back to the 1950s. Clearly, it isn’t the guns.

    What has obviously changed and is a key component of these situations? The following have changed, and not necessarily for the better…

    The educational systems and educators
    The family dynamic
    The legal/justic system

    All of these things have changed and influenced … the students.

    Somehow, these things started going down hill, rapidly, about 50 years ago. That won’t change until society accepts that fact and corrects its direction.

  • Ky Venom wrote on January 26, 2018 10:25 PM :

    Here is my follow up, like that of the Governor, in response to a surgeon, who treated the Marshall victims, reveals his disgust for politicians’ “thoughts and prayers”

    http://www.kalb.com/content/news/Nashville-surgeon-reveals-disgust-for-politicians-thoughts-and-prayers—471346894.html

    Note the first comment:

    I wonder EXACTLY what he would suggest that would have a meaningful impact, such as upon this shooting?

    Require all teachers to carry? Of course parents want teachers to fight to defend their children. Of course parents would not want prohibited persons from being in the classroom room with their children. As obvious a solution as this is, it would never be implemented. Heck, some people don’t want armed resource offices in some schools. Some must want their offspring to be able to terrorize others in school.

    Background checks are already required, by federal law. Obviously, that is a mute point. Besides, the kid did not buy the gun he used.

    Stealing a firearm is already illegal. However, making theft of a privately owned firearm a mandatory capital offense would reduce crime.

    Possession of a handgun by an unsupervised minor is, generally, illegal.

    Possession of a firearm on an elementary or secondary school’s grounds is generally illegal.

    What, realistically, would make a difference? Ban firearms? Sure, right along with pain killers, alcohol, cigarettes, and cars.

    What is different today? It isn’t the guns. 9mm handguns go back to the 1890’s. Handgun magazines holding 13 to 15 rounds go back to the 1930’s. Assault rifles go back to the 1940’s. The design of Armalite Rifle (the design behind the M16, M4, and AR-15) dates back to the 1950s. Clearly, it isn’t the guns.

    What has obviously changed and is a key component of these situations? The following have changed, and not necessarily for the better…

    The educational systems and educators
    The family dynamic
    The legal/justic system

    All of these things have changed and influenced … the students.

    Somehow, these things started going down hill, rapidly, about 50 years ago. That won’t change until society accepts that fact and corrects its direction.

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