On Friday Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) said that it is too soon after the mass shooting in a Lafayette movie theater to discuss gun control reform. By that logic it will never be a good time to talk about gun safety laws in Louisiana, since the rate of gun deaths in the Pelican State is the highest in the country. Discussion of rational policies to reduce firearms violence will always be preempted as citizens mourn Louisiana’s new gunshot victims.
Come to think of it, that kind of neglect is perfectly consistent with the rest of Governor Jindal’s public health policy.
“After Lafayette Shooting, Jindal Says It’s ‘Not the Time’ to Discuss Gun Control,” Polly Mosendz, Newsweek
“6 Times Bobby Jindal Insisted Gun Control Was Not, Repeat Not, On The Agenda For Louisiana,” Chris Tognotti, Bustle
“Another mass shooting, and yet again we’re told: don’t politicize, pray,” Jeb Lund, The Guardian
“Bobby Jindal, Does Louisiana ‘Love Us Some Guns’ Now?” By Zoë Carpenter, The Nation
“Bobby Jindal Enabled Louisiana’s Gun Violence Problem,” Rebecca Leber, The New Republic
“Spare me your crocodile tears, Governor Jindal, you’ve got the blood from this massacre all over your NRA-approved hands,” Piers Morgan, Daily Mail
“Louisiana’s Gun Problem,” Ian Millhiser, Think Progress
“If You Live in Louisiana You’re Nearly Twice as Likely to Be Killed by a Gun,” Chase Woodruff, The Trace
“There have been 204 mass shootings — and 204 days — in 2015 so far,” Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post
“Prayer won’t stop guns: The cruel hypocrisy behind the right’s refusal to talk about gun violence,” Robert Mann, Salon
“Lax Gun Laws Are Becoming a National-Security Issue,” John Cassidy, The New Yorker
“States With Gun Control Have Fewer Gun Deaths,” Taegan Goddard, Wonkwire
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