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What sort of gun laws might [St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter] have in mind? In February last year, the Star Tribune reported:

“Democrats and gun control advocates have spent years pushing for a bill to expand criminal background checks to cover most private firearms transfers, as well as for a second bill enacting a “red flag” law to let courts temporarily remove guns from people deemed a threat to themselves or others. The first bill passed the House 69-62, the second 68-62.”

Both of these measures are directed [at] guns which are traded and owned legally. They will have absolutely no effect on guns which are traded and owned illegally, which is to say the overwhelming majority of guns used to commit crimes in Minnesota.

State law already prohibits you from owning a gun if you are a convicted felon (or convicted of a crime in another state punishable by one year and one day or more); have been convicted of, or have outstanding charges, for a felony crime of violence; are on probation for a felony conviction (not a crime of violence); have pending felony charges; have been convicted of domestic assault or an assault against a family or household member; and have been convicted of misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor drug charge within the last three years, among many other reasons. Almost all of those committing crimes with guns in Minnesota – including at least two of the three arrested for Sunday’s shooting – are already legally barred from owning them. The DFL’s proposed laws will do nothing whatsoever to stop them.

The public safety crisis in the Twin Cities is one of the most acute facing our state. In our search for solutions we must be guided by what works, not what the DFL’s leaders think they can sell to their base.

— John Phelan in DFL gun laws won’t help end Twin Cities crime surge

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24 COMMENTS

  1. The old saying; “if ya can’t dazzle em with brilliance, baffle em with bullshit”! We all know what the ultimate goal is.

  2. i’d like to zip in and out for a bob’s java hut tshirt (when my friend bob saw my last one i was relieved of it) but uptown is in flames.
    when it becomes obvious these regulations are not effective they will be rescinded immediately.

  3. Not so fast all you sneaky fixated on Gun Control City Officials. Let’s itemize…

    1) The Second Amendment is one thing.

    2) The criminal misuse of firearms, bricks, bats, knives, vehicles, etc. is another thing.

    3) History Clearly Confirms Gun Control in any shape, matter or form is a racist and nazi based Thing.

    • well, the left want soft-on-crime policies because it’s “racist” to throw violent criminals in prison as it disproportionately impacts black people.

      How ever, the left should look at it as it’s “racist” to NOT throw violent criminals in prison because the violence also disproportionately impacts black people.

  4. Thirty years ago, Boston had the same problem. They implemented a project that (1) prosecuted violent offenders, (2) put pressure on violent gangs by prioritizing them for execution of outstanding warrants, and (3) offered support for gang members who wanted to get out of the life. Results were so good that it became known as the Boston Miracle. Despite its success, the project was abandoned after ten years when new leadership took over in the city and the police department. Violent crime promptly began to increase again.

    • sounds like how Giuliani dropped the NYC murders from about 2,000 per year to something like 300 per year.

      By the time someone is murdering someone else, it’s too late to let the person out of jail with no bail or call a social worker or therapist. It’s time to warehouse that person in prison until they are no longer a threat.

  5. Gun control solution for crime: More gun laws!

    Crime solution for more gun laws: LoL 🙂 “lets open that crate of AK’s now and celebrate.” – criminals likely to commit more crime ’cause, you know, criminals don’t obey laws

    Defensive gun use solution to crime: BANG! and bullets inside criminal – criminal unlikely to commit more crime if defensive gun use person knows what they are doing.

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