One week after a gunman opened fire, killing two people in a Lafayette, Louisiana, movie theater, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said people should be allowed to carry guns anywhere, including movie theaters.
During a segment on July 29 on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer,” Blitzer asked whether Jindal agreed with his fellow GOP presidential candidate, former Gov. Rick Perry of Texas. Blitzer was referring to Perry’s statement on July 26 that people should be allowed to carry guns in movie theaters and other places, reports The Hill.
“I'm a big believer that where you are legally allowed to be, you should be able to have your Second Amendment rights as well” Jindal told Blitzer. “There are private property issues, I understand that. Somebody has a right to say what they want to do with their property, but I think the fewer restrictions on law-abiding citizens, the better for them and the better for our country.”
On July 26, Jindal spoke of the shooting on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” saying, “Every time this happens it seems like the person had a history of mental illness. We need to make sure that the systems we have in place actually work,” reports National Sun-Times.
On Blitzer’s show, the Louisiana governor made calls for strengthening background checks to include information about mental illness so guns don’t fall in the hands of those who should not have them legally, echoing his remarks from three days earlier.
“I’m a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, I’m not in favor of new laws restricting the rights of law-abiding citizens, but what we’ve done in Louisiana, we’ve strengthen the reporting of those who have been involuntarily committed,” Jindal said.
The gunman the July 23 shooting in the Lafayette, Louisiana movie theater had a history of mental illness but was able to purchase a firearm in Alabama because he had never been involuntarily committed.
“He never should have been able to buy a gun, clearly he should have been involuntarily committed,” Jindal told Blitzer.