gun violence


Cincinnati Police are looking for a motive in a downtown shooting that left 4 dead including the gunman. Just after 9 a.m., police say that suspect started shooting in the loading bay of the Fifth-Third Bank tower at 5th and Walnut. Chief Eliot Isaac says it continued into the lobby of the building. He says the gunman died after exchanging gunfire with officers. Isaac spoke  to the media at the scene:

A bill that would allow a select number of Tennessee teachers to carry guns in school is 

advancing in that state’s legislature. 

The measure passed a Tennessee House subcommittee at a time when the nation is debating gun control measures following the killings in Parkland, Florida. 

The Tennessean reports the bill would empower school boards and school directors to create policies that allow select staff members to carry a concealed firearm on school grounds. 

Under the measure, schools could have one employee with a gun for every 75 students. 

Stu Johnson

A ‘culture shift’ is what representatives of a gun violence awareness group are hoping for in Lexington and communities across the U.S.

The local chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America sponsored a "Wear Orange" gun violence awareness ceremony last week

Stu Johnson

A large group of orange clad people gathered in Lexington city hall Friday morning.

They were part of Lexington’s first public observance of Wear Orange National Gun Violence Awareness Day.

Gun Violence in Lexington on Eastern Standard

Mar 29, 2017

In recent years, Lexington’s headlines have been filled with the results of gun violence.

On this week's Eastern Standard, we will be talking about gun violence, live from Lexington City Hall with Mayor Jim Gray and Police Chief Mark Barnard. We will also have Laura Hatfield, Executive Director of Partners for Youth on the show as trends show many gun-related homicides involve young adults.

Kentucky Council on Churches

The leader of the Kentucky Council of Churches believes faith communities can help reduce gun violence. The comments come as the Lexington community deals with three shooting deaths in the past week.


Lexington police have  charged a 16-year-old the fatal shooting of  Robert Durrum.

Durrum, 15, is the second Lafayette High School student involved in a shooting the past three months.

Police have charged a 16-year-old male acquaintance of Durrum with murder, robbery, and tampering with physical evidence. The name of the teen charged has not been released.  

Lexington Mayor Seeks Input on Gun Violence

Oct 19, 2016
Stu Johnson

Lexington city leaders are asking police how local government can help to reduce gun violence.  The issue came up for discussion at Tuesday’s council work session in reaction to the shooting death of Lexington Lafayette High School Sophomore Trinity Gay.  She died after being hit in an exchange of gunfire in a restaurant parking lot.  

Police Chief Mark Barnard says some of the best help could come from citizens who have information about those involved in violent crimes.

Firearm Regulation in Kentucky on Eastern Standard

Jan 28, 2016

  Last year, Kentucky received a grade of "F" from the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence for its firearm legislation.  During the 2016 General Assembly, lawmakers have introduced multiple bills that defend the rights of gun owners in the Commonwealth. 

On this week's show, we'll discuss Kentucky's Relaxed Stance on Firearm Regulation. 


Joe Kalil, a former military officer & pilot and an NRA certified Concealed Carry Instructor, and the designer of the School POST Program which is designed to mitigate active shooter threats in schools.

The fatal on-air shooting of two television journalists in Virginia on Wednesday was a common topic of conversation among Kentucky political leaders the next morning.

Q&A with EKU Public Safety Official on Gun Threat

Feb 6, 2015

On Monday evening, officials at Eastern Kentucky University were made aware of a threatening graffiti message found on the bathroom wall in a campus dorm. 

Preventing Gun Violence on Eastern Standard

Jan 13, 2014

Over a 100,000 people are injured or killed by gun violence in the US each year.  That’s according to a report commissioned by the Centers for Disease Control.

The report recommends a “public health approach” to preventing future harm and injuries.

On this week’s Eastern Standard, our topic is “preventing gun violence.”  Is it through tougher and more restrictive laws or education and firearms training.