MN’s GOP-Lead Safety Committee Blocks Basic Gun Control Measures

“Unlike other states, Minnesota is not likely to pass any new gun laws. In the Republican-led Minnesota House and Senate, there are currently 26 separate bills pending that restrict guns and gun violence — 21 of them introduced after the Florida school shooting last month.

The bills range from gun violence protective orders (HF1605/SF1262) to universal background checks (HF1661/SF1261) to a ban on bump stocks (HF2781/SF2601) and assault-style weapons (HF3022).

Only two of the 26 gun bills at the capitol even got a hearing — one for universal background checks and one for gun violence protective orders. They were voted down — twice.

That’s despite 85 percent of Americans who favor stricter gun laws, according to a recent CBS News Poll. That poll also found 87 percent favor better mental health screening, 75 percent favor tougher background checks, 56 percent favor a bump stock ban and 53 percent agree with a ban on assault weapons.” ~Reality Check, WCCO, March 21st

Minnesota Medical Association Calls for Assault Weapons Ban

“The Minnesota Medical Association, the largest physicians’ organization in Minnesota is calling for a ban on “assault weapons” or semiautomatic weapons. Following the school massacre in Florida last month where 17 students and educators were killed, the group says there’s no time for inaction and that gun violence has become a public health crisis. . .

Gun violence and firearm-related accidents kill more than 30,000 Americans each year. In Minnesota, there were more than 400 firearm-related deaths in 2016. The doctors are calling for a “renewal and strengthening” of the assault weapons ban, including the high-capacity magazines guns like the ones used in the Parkland high school shooting, and the Las Vegas concert massacre that claimed 58 lives.” ~KTTC, March 8th

Minnesota Students Demand Gun Control Reforms

“At least 21 threats have been made against Minnesota schools in the last three weeks, resulting in recent lockdowns and school closures at Minneapolis’ Patrick Henry High School, schools in the Cambridge-Isanti Public Schools and Orono Public Schools districts.

While these responses have helped curb any fatalities from occurring, Minnesota schools are not immune to gun violence. In 2005, a shooting at Red Lake Senior High School claimed 10 lives. And two years before that, in Cold Spring, a Rocori High School student shot and killed two of his peers at school. ” ~Minnpost, March 8th