Ret. Lt. General Russel Honore on gun violence
BATON ROUGE- The recent tragedy in Lafayette has added some fire to the national gun debate. This morning, retired Lt. General Russel Honore joined News 2’s John Pastorek about the gun situation in America.
As new details emerge about Lafayette gunman John Houser, more and more people are wondering why someone with a history of mental health problems was able to get his hands on a gun.
Honore says he doesn’t believe Americans understand the full magnitude of the gun problem in the U.S.
“I think we’re in denial that we have a problem,” said Honore. "I spent nine-and-a-half years overseas, in Europe and in Asia. I felt safer on the streets over there than I do in America."
Honore says he wants to see the nation have an open discussion about how to stop the gun violence.
“I think we need to have an honest dialogue and reassess where we are,” said Honore. “We need to tone down the rhetoric from the perspective of determining political affiliation based on guns.”
The Lafayette shooting is just the most recent in a string of gun-related tragedies. Honore says it’s important to have clear lines of communication, but it’s time to take action.
“We’ve got to do something, we need to go beyond just praying about it,” said Honore. “We’ve got to change some laws.”
Check out the video above to see our entire interview with Honoree.