In an interview on Fox News Sunday, Congressman Louie Gohmert said he wished the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary had been armed. Tuesday, KLTV spoke to the congressmen as well as the Smith County Democratic Party Chair about what our country must do to stop mass shooting tragedies.
"We've got to have more than a quick fix. Those little faces of those sweet little children that were massacred are just too precious not to deserve something better than a quick fix," said Congressman Gohmert.
Tuesday, Gohmert said a conversation about arming certain people within the walls of a school is a conversation worth having.
"I think there's a way to do this and to not have guns be completely prohibited in a school... if they're locked up and only in a place where the right people can get them," Gohmert said.
"We probably need greater security in schools, but in a frenzied situation, someone who is not trained, either in law enforcement or the military handling of a weapon, is likely to do more damage than good," said Smith County Democratic Party Chair David Henderson.
Henderson says the most important issue that needs to be addressed now is mental health.
"It's virtually impossible for a family to forcibly put a member of the family in a mental institution against his or her will if they're over 18. Those laws obviously need to be addressed, at the same time, protecting the rights of the individual," he said.
Henderson said we have a social responsibility to treat mental illness as an illness, and to recognize how many families it affects.
David Henderson said he doesn't anticipate legislators having a rational conversation about gun control any time soon.
Congressman Gohmert said we owe it to the people who lost their lives at Sandy Hook Elementary to get to the bottom of the violence in a conversation where nothing is off the table.
Saturday, July 26 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:09:07 GMT
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