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Reader's View: Reject gun bills in name of safety

As a mother of two young children, I have become increasingly concerned about what seems to be a rise in senseless gun violence, not only nationwide but here in Duluth. I am not anti-gun but rather pro-common-sense gun laws. It stands to reason t...

As a mother of two young children, I have become increasingly concerned about what seems to be a rise in senseless gun violence, not only nationwide but here in Duluth. I am not anti-gun but rather pro-common-sense gun laws. It stands to reason that anyone allowed to carry and operate a deadly weapon should have proper screening and training. We require that of our law enforcement officials. Why shouldn't we require it of everyone?

Unfortunately, there are two bills currently under consideration in the Minnesota Legislature that would do away with background checks, required gun-safety training, and required permits (via the "Permitless Carry Bill"). The measures also would make it acceptable to shoot someone in self-defense simply because the shooter "felt afraid" ("Stand Your Ground"), even if there was no actual threat.

Both these pieces of legislation increase the risks of senseless gun violence and are not in the best interests of all Minnesotans. Please ask your elected officials to vote "no" on these bills. The safety of our children and communities depends on it.

Carin Skoog

Duluth

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