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  • Discuss the issues of gun control, school safety and the treatment of the mentally ill.
The tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut which left 20 children and six adults dead has started a national discussion about the issues of gun control, school safety and the treatment of the mentally ill. LPB’s award-winning Louisiana Public Square gives average citizens a chance to weigh in on these issues on Wednesday, January 23 at 7PM on LPB and 9PM on WLAE-TV32 in New Orleans. The program will have an encore showing on LPB on Sunday, January 27 at 11AM.

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?

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?

Panelists will include Louisiana State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson; attorney Lewis Unglesby; Child Psychiatrist, Lafourche Parish School System consultant and faculty member at the Tulane School of Medicine Betty Muller, MD; and State Sen. Neil Riser of Columbia who sponsored the Louisiana gun rights constitutional amendment. LSU Media Law professor Craig Freeman will moderate.

The program will be simulcast on KRVS-FM in Lafayette and air on Thursday, January 24 on WRKF-FM in Baton Rouge.

For more information, visit the LPB website at or call Kevin Gautreaux at 1-800-272-8181, ext. 4218.
Published: January 16, 2013

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