(Montgomery) --Alabama officials held a ceremony today in honor of those killed in last week's Connecticut school shooting. Governor Robert Bentley led the event beneath the Connecticut state flag on the Circle of Flags at the Alabama Capitol Building.
Bentley called for a moment of silence, remembering the 20 children and 7 adults who died in
one of the worst school shootings in U.S. history--exactly a week after it happened. Afterward, Bentley said the shootings made him pay special attention to his own grandchildren:
"We need to do everything we can to keep these kinds of tragedies from occurring. It's just such a tragedy. If you really look at those sweet children and the pictures of them, you can see your grandchildren and you can see your children when they were that age. And it's just totally senseless."
We asked if the
"Do people really need a clip of weapons that hold 100 rounds? Not unless they enjoy target practicing, and there's nothing wrong with that, but we just kind of have to be careful, I think, into whose hands those things are placed." "
Governor is in favor of renewing the ban on assault weapons like the one the Connecticut gunman used.
he Governor says aAlabama was already working on improving school security before the shootings, and will continue that work now.