Legislators react to school shooting
MORGAN CITY, La. — Area legislators offered condolences as well as their thoughts on what it might take in Louisiana to prevent a Sandy Hook-like tragedy from occurring here.
The Connecticut shooting is “so horrible I don’t want to even look at the TV and see those kids’ faces,” Rep. Sam Jones, D-Franklin, said.
“That guy should have been in a mental institution,” he said, referring to the shooter, Adam Lanza.
Jones criticized the way the “governor keeps closing those institutions down. There needs to be a place for those people who are suffering to go and not be in the population.”
The state “did the right thing for 40 or 50 years in recognizing mental health issues … I do not support the governor’s take down of the charity system. There will be all sorts of problems with the mental health system if he keeps doing these take downs,” Jones said.
Sen. Bret Allain, R-Adeline, was more measured.
“As parents, Kim and I are heartbroken over the massacre of innocent children and adults that care for them. I cannot imagine how hard it must be for the parents of all the victims to deal with such a loss. Our prayers go out to the entire Newtown community for strength in such a difficult time. When the grieving is over it will be time to take a hard look at school security in this state and to give principals and their staff a means to defend themselves and the children they care for,” Allain said.
The U.S. Postal Service has created an outlet for an outpouring of emotion following the mass school shooting in Newtown, Conn. Letters and packages should be addressed to Messages of Condolences for Newtown, P.O. Box 3700, Newtown, CT 06470.