How is Alabama doing on gun violence? Let us know what you think
by Tim Lockette
Apr 18, 2013 | 5156 views |  0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MONTGOMERY — In December, The Anniston Star asked readers to weigh in on what Alabama could do about gun violence. The memory of the shootings in Newtown was fresh, and many observers thought that the shootings in Connecticut would lead to a new era of gun restrictions.

We asked readers what they'd like to see done, and they answered. One reader proposed armed teachers in schools — days before the National Rifle Association made the same proposal a matter of national debate. Others asked for more money for mental health care, or for fundamental change in America's culture of violence.

Four months later, attempts to impose new gun restrictions have foundered in the U.S. Senate. In Alabama, legislators have responded with several competing bills — from armed-teacher proposals to an omnibus gun bill that would allow people to carry guns openly in public. Most of those bills have yet to pass.

We want to know what you think of Alabama's progress so far. Are you disappointed that the state isn't doing enough on gun violence? Happy that gun rights haven't been restricted? Or some combination of both?

You can comment on this page, or on Facebook, or via Twitter at @AnnistonStar or @TLockette_Star or with the hashtag #whatbamacando.

Capitol and statewide reporter Tim Lockette: 256-294-4193. On Twitter: @TLockette_Star.

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