Matt Bevin on Gun Control



Guns aren't problem in schools; kids in my school had guns

Hours before Kentucky lawmakers presented bipartisan school safety legislation, a House Republican filed a bill that would let people carry guns into schools. House Bill 30, filed by [Bevin's GOP primary opponent] Rep. Robert Goforth, would scrap most location restrictions for persons with a concealed deadly weapon license. Goforth said his bill is intended to address a loophole in state law, which allows individuals to carry concealed weapons into bars, restaurants & other private establishments as long as the firearms aren't loaded.

Goforth's bill appears in lockstep with Gov. Matt Bevin's stance on guns in schools. A day after the 2018 high school shooting in Parkland (FL), that left 17 students and staff dead, Bevin said that guns weren't the problem. When he went to school in New England, students would bring guns in for show-and-tell, he said. "Sometimes they'd be in kids' lockers," Bevin said. "Nobody even thought about shooting other people with them. So it's not a gun problem."

Source: Louisville Courier-Journal on Kentucky voting records: HB30 , Jan 9, 2019

Culture of violence, like zombie shows, cause mass shootings

Gun regulation isn't the solution to mass shootings in the U.S., Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin said, and America's culture of death, illustrated by Americans' obsession with zombie television shows, is more to blame.

In a radio interview, the Kentucky Republican said new laws aren't the solution to violence, but addressing a "culture of death" in media is the start. "It starts with everything from the type of entertainment that we focus on," Bevin said. "What's the most popular topic that seems to be in every cable television network. Television shows are all about, what? Zombies! I don't get it ... that's what we are."

Bevin added that violent shows are morphing the minds of young, impressionable children. "When a culture is surrounded by, inundated by, rewards things that celebrate death, whether it is zombies in television shows, the number of abortions ... there's a thousand justifications for why we do this," Bevin said.

Source: USA Today on 2019 Kentucky gubernatorial race , Nov 13, 2018

School shootings caused by "culture of death" in media

In 2018, two deaths came in a shooting at Marshall County High School in Kentucky. Little action has been taken to address the issue of school shootings on a state level. The legislature established a study group on school safety after the legislative session wrapped up and a bill that would have required mental health counselors in schools, HB 604, died in the Senate.

For his part, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin has focused on the "culture" around gun violence. In a video after the Marshall County shooting, he blamed a "culture of death" in America and attributed the violence to video games, films, television and social media.

In a meeting with the Federal Commission on School Safety last week, Bevin brought up the impact of smart phones on students' mental health "We need to start being very very intentional and thoughtful and data driven as it relates to the impact of these devices in the hands of young people," Bevin said.

Source: Lexington Herald-Leader on 2019 Kentucky Gubernatorial race , Jul 3, 2018

Second Amendment is the lynchpin of the Bill of Rights

Matt & his wife are both proud, conceal-carry gun owners and Matt believes the Second Amendment is the lynchpin of the Bill of Rights, as it was designed to protect all of the other Amendments. The right to bear arms is not just limited to ownership but includes the right to carry as well. Matt will fight to fully restore the Second Amendment by pushing for national right to carry legislation. He will also fight off any attempt to dictate the types of guns and ammunition that Kentuckians choose to own.
Source: 2014 Senate campaign website, MattBevin.com, "Issues" , Oct 25, 2013

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Andy Beshear
Ben Chandler
Elaine Chao
Jim Gray
Robert Goforth
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KY Senatorial:
Amy McGrath
C. Wesley Morgan
Jim Gray
Mary Ann Tobin
Mitch McConnell
Rand Paul
Steven Cox

Gubernatorial Debates 2019:
Bevin(R) vs.Goforth(R,lost primary) vs.Adkins(D,lost primary) vs.Beshear(D) vs.Edelen(D,lost primary)
Edwards(D) vs.Rispone(R) vs.Abraham(R) vs.Kennedy(R,declined)
Bryant(R,retiring) vs.Foster(R) vs.Hood(D) vs.Reeves(R) vs.Waller(R)

Gubernatorial Debates 2021:
Murphy(D) vs.Ciattarelli(R)
Northam(D,term-limited) vs.Herring(D) vs.Chase(R) vs.Fairfax(D)

Gubernatorial Debates 2020:
DE: vs.Carney(incumbent) vs.Williams(D)
IN: vs.Holcomb(incumbent) vs.Melton(D) vs.Myers(D)
MO: Parson(incumbent) vs.Galloway(D) vs.Neely(R)
MT: Bullock(retiring) vs.Fox(R) vs.Perry(R) vs.Gianforte(R) vs.Stapleton(R) vs.Olszewski(R) vs.Neill(D) vs.Schreiner(D) vs.Cooney(D) vs.Williams(D)
NC: Cooper(incumbent) vs.Forest(R) vs.Grange(R)
ND: Burgum(incumbent) vs.Coachman(R) vs.Lenz(D)
NH: Sununu(incumbent) vs.Volinsky(D) vs. fsFeltes(D)
PR: Rossello(D) vs.Garced(D) vs.Pierluisi(D)
UT: Herbert(retiring) vs.Huntsman(R) vs.Cox(R) vs.Burningham(R) vs.Newton(D) vs.Hughes(R)
VT: Scott(incumbent) vs.Holcombe(D) vs.Zuckerman(D)
WA: Inslee(incumbent) vs.Bryant(R) vs.Fortunato(R)
WV: Justice(incumbent) vs.Folk(R) vs.Thrasher(R) vs.Vanover(D) vs.Smith(D) vs.Ron Stollings(D)
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