Footage shows Indiana legislator displaying gun in holster to pupils.

On February 1, 2024 at 7:05 AM EST, a video surfaced of an Indiana lawmaker brandishing a gun to a group of high school students who were visiting the statehouse to discuss gun control with legislators. The students, from Burris Laboratory School in Muncie, were participating in a day of advocacy with Students Demand Action, a branch of Everytown for Gun Safety.

According to 17-year-old student Alana Trissel, state Rep. Jim Lucas engaged the group in a conversation about their reasons for being at the Capitol and proceeded to defend gun rights. The interaction was filmed by one of the students and later reported by the Statehouse File, a student journalism news site at Franklin College.

In the video, Lucas can be heard stating that people have the right to protect themselves and referencing the failures of law enforcement in preventing mass shootings in Parkland, Florida and Uvalde, Texas. He also expressed his belief that individuals are not truly free unless they can defend themselves. When a student off camera asked if he meant carrying a firearm, Lucas responded, “I’m carrying right now,” and revealed a holstered handgun. It is unclear what type of gun Lucas was carrying.

After Lucas showed the weapon, a student off camera stated, “Nothing about someone carrying a gun makes me feel safe.” The Associated Press attempted to reach Lucas for comment but was unsuccessful. In public Facebook posts, Lucas did not mention the incident but stated that the conversation was “respectful” and based on “facts, reason, and logic” rather than emotion.

Trissel described the conversation as taking a “turn for the worst” after Lucas revealed the gun. When asked why he feels the need to carry a gun, Lucas responded that it is for self-defense. Trissel disputed this claim and stated that the group’s purpose was to advocate for stricter gun control measures.

In a post on Wednesday, Lucas linked to news articles about the Parkland and Uvalde shootings and stated, “I fear for, and pity those that are being indoctrinated to fear that which is their best means of self-defense.” He also expressed his belief that people are being taught to rely on the government for safety, despite the fact that the government has stated it is not responsible for protecting individuals.

The conversation between Lucas and the students has sparked controversy and raised questions about the role of guns in society and the responsibility of government in ensuring safety.  

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