From: Diane V. Petz
Recently, Chris Rogers wrote a detailed article titled “Winonans urge Senator Miller at town hall” published in the May 1 edition of the Winona Post. A very apt title, as Winonans did urge Senator Miller on several topics at the packed, 60-minute meeting with standing room only for latecomers. The article very thoroughly covered all topics discussed at the meeting — with the exception of one very important topic. Not a paragraph, not a sentence, not even a single word was devoted to this topic, even though it was discussed at length for at least 10 to 15 minutes, and 90 percent of the individuals attending stated they were in favor of it. What was the topic? Gun safety legislation.
I kept rereading the article, thinking that I had missed it. No, it wasn’t there. Why? Why would one important discussion topic be so obviously left out of the article? You’ll need to determine that for yourself. But there are a few things that you need to know first regarding the important gun safety legislation currently in front of the Minnesota legislature.
The Minnesota House has passed two bills: one closes background-check loopholes and the other establishes a court procedure to temporarily remove guns from individuals who demonstrate a danger to themselves or others. The two bills do not take away any rights for responsible, law-abiding individuals. They only help ensure that guns do not fall into the hands of those who may harm themselves or others. The two bills also have the support of our law enforcement. Apparently, though, Senator Miller has thus far not allowed the Minnesota Senate to entertain discussion on this important legislation to protect our children, schools, churches, and public buildings — places where the public gathers.
Contact Senator Miller and Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka. Urge them to take immediate action to pass these two bills as part of the Public Safety omnibus bill so that Minnesotans can be safer across the state.
Editor’s note: Gun legislation is a topic we plan to explore in its own story in an upcoming issue.