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Reporter in the Kentucky shooting knew that the suspect was his son



One of the reporters who ran to a Kentucky high school on Tuesday after reports that the shots had been fired was probably not prepared for what he discovered at the scene.

The suspect, a 15-year-old boy, was his son, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported.

The shooting in Benton, which left two students dead and 21 wounded, shook the united community of about 4,500 in southwestern Kentucky.

The mother and other family members declined to comment, said the report

Authorities have not yet announced the suspect's motive.

& # 39; Cultural problem & # 39;

As school shootings become more common, debates are raging in Kentucky and in state legislatures across the country how to prevent them.

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, a Republican and social conservative, has made it clear he will not sign laws that restrict guns.

Bevin called on Americans to "wake up," recognize that school shootings are a "cultural problem" and see the "root causes."

"Our culture is crumbling from the inside," he said.

Bevin said that desensitization to death and death has an "extraordinary price."

"We can not celebrate death in video games, celebrate death on television programs, celebrate death in movies, celebrate death in musical lyrics and eliminate any sense of morality and superior sense of authority and then expect things like this are not going to happen, "he said.

State Senator's Plan

  The parents of the late 15-year-old Bailey Holt, left, mourn while Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin signs the proclamation of the prayer on Friday, January. 26, 2018 in Benton, Kentucky. Marshall County High School reopened its doors Frida and as the school day began with an assembly. Police say two students were killed, 14 were injured by gunfire and another seven suffered other injuries when the boy opened fire at the school on Tuesday before the classes began. (AP Photo / Robert Ray)

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, seated, signs a prayer proclamation when Marshall County High School reopened in Benton, Kentucky, on January 26, 2018.

(Associated Press)

Just hours after the shooting, his Republican colleague, State Senator Steve West, hastened to introduce a bill to put more guns in schools.

Its legislation would allow local districts to hire armed marshals to patrol public schools, make arrests of citizens and protect people from "imminent death or serious physical injuries."

Sheriffs should not be police officers, but employees of the school district with a good reputation who have a license to carry concealed weapons.

West's law is one of at least two in the state that would allow more firearms in Kentucky's public schools and college campuses. They reflect a feeling that has found bipartisan support.

"We need armed officers in all Kentucky schools, that's a small price to pay if it saves a child's life," said State Sen. Ray Jones, a Democrat.

In the conservative state where politicians habitually pose in warnings with firearms, the National Rifle Association has an inordinate influence on many state elections and on the arms policy debates resulting in those legislatures.

Some Democrats, however, believe that the pressure for more weapons lost.

Democratic representative Attica Scott of Louisville said she is "definitely an advocate of gun safety and for me, more guns is not the response to gun violence."

Scott introduced legislation that would prohibit conviction of hate crimes for carrying a firearm and allow local governments to pass laws that require gun dealers to use "responsible business practices."

"We are sending prayers and thoughts to children who cling to the last faith they have in the system of government that is supposed to keep them safe."

Meanwhile, Democratic Rep. Jim Wayne of Louisville has introduced a bill that would make it an offense for adults to store a gun "imprudently" without a trigger lock, a measure intended to prevent children and adolescents access the arms of their parents.

  People attend a vigil for the victims of a fatal shooting at Marshall County High School on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at Mike Miller County Park. Benton, Ky. The 15-year-old, accused of fatal shooting on Tuesday, which left more than a dozen wounded, was ordered on Thursday on preliminary charges of murder and assault. (AP Photo / Robert Ray)

People attend a vigil for the victims of a fatal shooting at Marshall County High School on January 25, 2018, at Mike Miller County Park in Benton, Kentucky.

(Associated Press)

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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