School Shooting
12:54 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Bells Ring for Sandy Hook

In Louisiana and across the country church bells were rung at 9:30 a.m. this morning in memory of the women and children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT a week ago.

Without fanfare, the bell at St. James Episcopal Church in downtown Baton Rouge chime 26 times, once for each victim of the shooting at the school.

Bells chimed at St. James Episcopal Church for the victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, Dec. 21, 2012.
Credit Amy Jeffries / WRKF

Gov. Bobby Jindal called for Louisianians to pause for a moment of mourning in response to a request from Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy.

As elsewhere, the tragedy has sparked renewed debate here over gun control.

Shreveport  Rep. Barbara Norton has asked for a statewide committee to craft safety legislation. She says she’d like to see a law to make gun owners keep their firearms secure at all times.

That could be trumped by a recently passed state constitutional amendment requiring strict scrutiny be applied to any attempt to restrict gun rights.

Meanwhile, gun purchases have reportedly spiked in Baton Rouge.