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Reader's View: Stauber’s gun vote wasn’t a vote for his district

Stauber seems to have become a radical legislator who apparently cannot think for himself but is swept into the crazy patterns of those who control his money and his demanded votes to stay in the circle of GOP power.

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U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber, in his vote against sensible gun legislation (“ In wake of mass shootings, Stauber votes against gun restrictions ,” June 9), once again voted against our District 8’s best interests.

As a former police office, Stauber saw officers in Texas stand in fear in a hallway as a crazed 18-year-old, armed with an assault-style weapon, murdered students and teachers in their school. These trained officers wouldn’t approach, apparently because they feared for their lives as they likely were outgunned.

Yet Stauber voted against minor, reasonable legislation, including red-flag laws, 21 as a legal age for assault-weapon purchases, better regulating bump stocks, prohibiting large-capacity magazines, incentives and penalties for safe gun storage, and crackdowns on gun trafficking and untraceable “ghost guns.” These are reasonable laws.

Stauber seems to have become a radical legislator who apparently cannot think for himself but is swept into the crazy patterns of those who control his money and his demanded votes to stay in the circle of GOP power. Much like after his votes against bolstering our local infrastructure, capping the price of insulin, and helping veterans exposed to burn pits and other toxins, I wonder who Stauber represents. It certainly isn’t average citizens, students, teachers, patients, or veterans of Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District.

Suzanne Davies

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