LINCOLN — Gov. Dave Heineman, whose wife, Sally Ganem, is a former elementary school principal, said Monday that he spent the weekend talking with his wife about the massacre at a Newtown, Conn., school.
But answers to stop another similar tragedy were elusive, he said.
“This is just an evil tragedy,” Heineman said in a conference call with reporters. “It’s unthinkable, it’s unspeakable.”
When asked about gun control, the Republican governor said “all the facts” need to be gathered first.
When asked about added security at schools, Heineman pointed out that the Newtown schools had done “more than most” to stop unwanted, threatening visitors. But the gunman on Friday thwarted those steps by shooting out a window to gain entrance.
“I’m not sure what more that school could have done,” he said. “Someone who’s determined, it’s very hard to stop them.
“I don’t think there are any easy answers,” Heineman added.
He said the “complex” problem entails issues such as family structure, mental illness, television violence and the judicial system.
State Sen. Brad Ashford of Omaha, who chairs the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee, said he plans to focus on inadequate mental health services for kids up to age 21. The committee, he said, may also look at additional requirements for the use of trigger locks, which prevent unauthorized use of a gun.