Gun laws: Issue may come to a head in January

A national conversation about gun laws in America could come to a head in January, when President Barack Obama demands concrete proposals on gun violence and mental health regulations.

U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee, R-Tupelo, said the conversation needs to be less about gun control and more about the way we protect our schools and treat mental health.

“I don’t think that we need to go so far as to have second-grade teachers packing heat in a classroom,” Nunnelee said Thursday. “But, I do think having trained law enforcement officers in the schools, who have the skills to act with deadly force if needed, would help.”

He said he believes that people who commit crimes of mass violence find a way to hurt people regardless of their access to weapons, noting that Timothy McVeigh used fertilizer and a rental truck in 1995 to bomb the Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

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