Lawmaker speaks to KSU students about the importance of gun control

Nyla Morris

FRANKFORT, Ky.– Several weeks before deadly shootings in Louisville, state Rep. George Brown told students at Kentucky State University the nation needs tighter gun control and weapons should be outlawed.  

“We have multiple mass shootings in this country, and we have people who sit on the federal level that don’t think gun control should be enforced,” he said. 

A gunman opened fire April 10 at the Old National Bank in Louisville, Kentucky where the gunman worked, according to CNN, killing five and injuring eight.  

Several days later, two people were shot and killed in Louisville’s Chickasaw Park. 

These shootings followed a shooting at a Nashville private school that led to six deaths.  

Brown, a Lexington Democrat, has called for action to tighten gun laws in America.  

According to Brown, he has filed gun-safety legislation in the past.  

President Joe Biden has called for a ban on assault weapons.  

Brown was on Kentucky State University’s campus in late March to talk to students in journalism and speech classes. 

During his hour-long talk, he also voiced his support for the CROWN Act, which would forbid employers from discriminating against employees and job seekers based on hairstyles. A similar measure was passed by the Frankfort City Commission, Brown also informed the students.  

Laws protecting hairstyles have also been established in Covington and Louisville. CROWN is the abbreviation for “creating a respectful and open world for natural hair” according to 

Brown also told the KSU students they should continue to be proud of their institution, despite an audit revealing financial mismanagement by a previous administration. 

“Auditors are supposed to find the problems that they have enunciated in the audit report” stated Brown, a Tennessee State University alumnus.  

Kentucky’s Auditor of Public Accounts found during the audit poor communication within the university, including regarding federal funding and internal financing and weak to nonexistent internal controls.