Posted: 07/27/15 16:52
by Dave Mindeman
Minnesota Republicans in the legislature want to propose another gun law....
Some Republicans in the Legislature say they want to allow active military personnel in the state to carry firearms. The move would allow people in uniform to protect themselves if there is an attack on a military base or recruiting station, said Sen. Paul Gazelka, R-Nisswa.
I will probably get myself into trouble with my liberal friends on this, but I tend to think of this proposal as a "reasonable" type gun law. After all, it has been made pretty clear that when these ISIS sympathizers strike out on their own, it is men and women in uniform that will be their primary targets.
But I would want more.
If the objective is to make everyone safer, then in addition to this proposal it is time to make every gun purchase or carrier subject to a full and complete background check. All military bases...all recruiting stations...would have personnel go through a rigorous check. All purchases - retail, private, or gun show - would all be subject to the same type of background check.
If Republicans want to pursue this step, then Democrats will want to lock those background checks into the legislation. If gun safety is the ultimate goal, then how could such a combination of legislation be a bad thing?
Heather Martens of Protect Minnesota, a gun regulation group, will probably fight this legislation...
The director of a gun control group says the proposal would allow military personnel to escape background checks aimed at screening for past domestic abuse cases. Improving the background check system, not arming more people, is a better answer, said Heather Martens of the group Protect Minnesota.
She makes a legitimate point, but if we alleviate her objection with full and complete background checks in combination with the proposal, couldn't everyone come around to a support of the tighter legislation?
These gun debates get long and very arduous. Often, what one side proposes becomes what the other side disposes. In the meantime, no one is being made safer and the deaths mount.
It's time for sensible solutions and forget the political talking points.
Let's all step back and find that third way.