Backers of gun rights in Louisiana haven't leaped to the defense of the 2nd Amendment since the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings in Connecticut that killed 20 children and six adults. A political analyst says you can bet that will change as the gun debate grows.
Robert Hogan, professor of political science at LSU, says the lack of words on the part of 2nd Amendment advocates like Sen. David Vitter or Governor Bobby Jindal is probably a smart move.
"The events of Connecticut are too close in people's minds," Hogan said. "I think in the short term, people are focused more on the tragedy in Connecticut."
But already, the White House is talking about renewing bans on so-called "assault weapons." Hogan thinks when the new Congress begins in January, the White House will begin its legislative push to restrict firearms sales and ownership.
"At that point, in the new year," predicts Hogan, "you're going to see a renewed and very vigorous debate about the gun issue."
Even the National Rifle Association maintained silence until late yesterday, when it issued a statement saying it's members are "shocked, saddened and heartbroken by the news of the horrific and senseless murders.''