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Primary Candidate's View: 'More laws are seldom the answer'

From the column: "I respect the limits that constitutions place upon the Legislature."

Allan Kehr
Allan Kehr
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If you would have told me in high school what society would be like when I reached my 60s, I would not have believed it.

We live in an age where many think perversion is just an alternative lifestyle; where theft is OK as long as the government does it; where many clamor for a justice system based on the assumption that the accused is guilty until proven innocent, as with red-flag laws; where property can be the accused (as with RICO statutes, or the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act of 1970); where students are taught what to think, not how to think; where the media have become an advocate for the left (consider the coverage of the riots of 2021 and Jan. 6); where Facebook and Twitter stifle the political speech of those they don’t agree with, including President Donald Trump and others; where some (like the groups Everytown for Gun Safety and the Million Mom March), with no evidence that gun control works, clamor for it anyway; and where we can't learn from life's experiences, like the Holocasut, which could not have happened if Jewish citizens had been armed.

From the column: "I was on the Duluth School Board for eight years, and what an eye-opener that was."

Why haven't we heard more about arming school staff?

For these and many other reasons I decided to run for state representative in House District 8A. Many of our problems are not within the power of the Legislature to solve, however. More laws are seldom the answer. I respect the limits that constitutions place upon the Legislature.

Allan Kehr of Duluth wrote this at the invitation of the News Tribune Opinion page.

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ABOUT THIS PRIMARY: In the Aug. 9 primary election, Republicans Art Johnston and Allan Kehr are vying for the chance to run against incumbent DFL Rep. Liz Olson in Minnesota House District 8A. The district covers central and western Duluth. The general election is Nov. 8. Early voting for the primary begins Friday, June 24.

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