HH: Terrible story out of Oregon at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg. At least 13 people have been killed, at least 20 other people were wounded by a shooter who is now dead. We will bring you updates as we learn of them. I am joined by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, also a candidate for president. Governor Jindal, I do not believe you’ve had a mass shooting in Louisiana of this sort during your time as governor, have you?
BJ: No, Hugh, but we did have the tragic shooting at the Lafayette movie theater, but not on this magnitude. Obviously, any loss of life is tragic, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the families, the parents. This is just an awful, awful day. I know the details are still trickling in. We did have that incident in the Lafayette theater, but not of this magnitude. But again, our thoughts and prayers are with those families in Oregon.
HH: Some of the early reports have the shooter asking about people’s religion. That doesn’t tell us much, and it’s always, I don’t like to speculate, because the story is always wrong at the beginning. But it seems as though the killers fall into two groups – ideological and just plain schizophrenic crazy. On either case, what is your response as a presidential candidate? In the second debate I saw you at two weeks ago tonight, on the second debate, I asked Jeb Bush what he meant when he said we have to get into the mental backgrounds of people when they have guns. And then Ted Cruz talked about that. What’s Bobby Jindal think about this issue?
BJ: So first off, thank you for moderating that debate. There was such a rush afterwards, I didn’t get a chance to come and personally thank you. I think you all did a great job, and I enjoyed being in the debate at the Reagan Library. A couple of things, and in general, and I want to be very careful. I mean, obviously, there will be a time to talk politics and talk about what happened with the shooting. In general, I’ll tell you what I think about what should be done with mental health records and the issues of gun ownership and gun laws. But I do want to give space and respect to the families that are grieving in Oregon. But in general, this is what I believe. Look, I’m not for additional restrictions on law abiding citizens. What we’ve done in Louisiana, and this is endorsed by the NRA, we passed a law a few years ago that made sure that the mental health records of those that for example have been forcefully admitted into a mental hospital, those that have been through a process, whether it’s a judicial process or another process, that those records are entered into their national background check system, because there are folks that are, under our current laws, you know, if they didn’t do that process, if a court has decided that they’re not supposed to have guns, they’re not allowed to buy those guns. And we did that law to make sure those records were entered into the system. What I’m not for, too many times politicians try to use these tragic events as an excuse to pursue their agendas when it comes to gun control. I’m not for restrictions on law abiding Americans’ right to have guns. I think we’ve got to be very careful. There needs to be a due process. There needs to be, and in this case, there is. We passed a law to make sure those records would be entered into the national background check system. Continue Reading