The media yaks endlessly about the thin film of Minnesota law-enforcement leaders – Dakota County sheriff Bellows and prosecutor Jim Backstrom, Chaska’s Scott Knight and a few others – who bark for gun control when the DFL tells them to.
The following group – related in a news release from the Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance - somehow got less coverage (emphasis added):
Yesterday, Minnesota sheriffs — experts in both crime and politics — joined judges and legislators in proposing fact-based, realistic solutions to the problem of violence in our society.
These proposals focused on enforcing existing laws and making government bureaucracies do their jobs without infringing on the rights of the law-abiding 99%
The Minnesota Sheriffs Association, represented by Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek and Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson, laid out five specific recommendations:
Improving the completeness and accuracy of the state criminal records system
Making Minnesota courts quickly and accurately report civil mental health commitments that result in a firearms prohibition
Making these public mental health commitment records instantly available to street cops so they know who they may be facing when they arrive at a call for service
Providing earlier mental health assessments for jail inmates, so they get the help they need sooner
Reassessing Minnesota’s civil commitment laws to ensure that dangerously ill people get the treatment they need
GOCRA fully supports these policy proposals, and applauds the sheriffs and other coalition members for focusing on real, solvable issues, and not on fear-mongering. GOCRA also congratulates Senator Ron Latz (DFL-St. Louis Park), formerly an opponent of gun rights, for signing on to this practical approach.
These elected leaders and sworn law enforcement officials recognize that their law-abiding, gun-owning constituents are not the cause of societal violence, and that infringing on the Constitutional rights that they swore to support and defend will not make us safer.
Their common-sense, to-the-point recommendations should be given immediate attention by the Minnesota Legislature.
You would do well to contact Sheriffs Stanek and Olson – and especially Rep. Latz. Yes, he’s DFLer, but not only is he one of the DFLers that actually thinks about the issue, he’s one of the first in the metro area to break ranks with the orcs.