When a lone shooter took the lives of 20 children and 6 adults at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, his actions started a national conversation about the issues of gun control and treatment of the mentally ill. President Obama has vowed to make reducing gun violence a “central issue” of his second term and has created a task force to help prevent a future Newtown-style massacre. Members of Congress have begun a dialogue about mental health and privacy issues.
Where does Louisiana stand in this national discussion on guns and mental health? Louisiana voters recently passed a state constitutional amendment making its citizens’ right to bear arms, the strongest in the nation. How would national gun control proposals affect the state’s new “strict scrutiny” standard?
Medicaid provides about half of state mental health budgets, but Governor Jindal is opposed to expanding the program. And budget cuts have hit mental health care services and facilities statewide. Will reduced funding of mental health services put a vulnerable population at further risk of harming themselves or others?
Louisiana Public Square explores the answers to these questions and more on “Newtown: A Louisiana Perspective” airing Wednesday, January 23rd at 7 p.m. on LPB HD. (Taping Tuesday, January 22nd.)
This survey is in regard to recent mass shootings that are affecting the country.
This survey has no policy agenda, or ultimate goal. We are only interested in your opinion.