Melissa Harris-Perry, 5/18/13, 1:06 PM ET

Amid rampant gun violence, Louisiana legislators aim to loosen gun laws

Louisiana is the state with the worst gun murder rate in the nation. But while children take bullets on the streets of New Orleans, Louisiana legislators are making sure that guns are more available than ever. NBC Latino’s Raul Reyes, MSNBC host Ari...

‘What the hell is going on?’ Questioning gun culture in the South


“You have a quote in this piece that I want to turn into a billboard all over the state of Louisiana,” said host Melissa Harris-Perry to msnbc national reporter Trymaine Lee on her show Saturday. The passage from Lee’s newly published report to which she referred is stark, indeed:

Between 2001 and 2010, 4,519 people were killed by guns [in Louisiana], more than a thousand more losses than U.S. combat troops suffered during the Iraq War.

“What the hell is going on?” Harris-Perry asked about her home state, which has the worst gun murder rate in the nation and just experienced a tragic shooting in New Orleans at a Mother’s Day second line parade. Nineteen people were wounded in the shooting, including 10-year-old Ka’Nard Allen, who suffered his second gunshot wound in less than a year.

Find out what Lee and the rest of the “MHP” panel had to say about how states like Louisiana are handling the gun violence epidemic (or not handling it) by watching the videos above and below.

'What the hell is going on?' Questioning gun culture in the South