In the state of Minnesota over the past few days there have been three people killed by gun violence. A beloved teacher was shot and killed by a man with a history of mental illness and suicidal tendencies. Two teenage boys found a gun in their home and played cop and robbers ending with the 15-year-old shooting and killing his 13-year-old brother. Finally, after his family contacted the police that something would happen, a man who had had a long list of felonies went to New Hope City Hall and shot and wounded two officers before he was shot and killed.
There is not one solution that will stop gun violence, but there is more we can do to prevent senseless deaths like the ones recently in Minnesota. We have to start working to pass laws with gun sense. We need more education on gun safety in the home — including the safe storage of firearms. We need to pass laws that keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people like criminals, domestic abusers and the dangerously mentally ill. Common-sense gun laws do protect the Second Amendment while protecting our children and families.
Parents don’t think their child will be the victim of gun violence, yet it happens — and it changes those families forever. I know all too well the unthinkable can and does happen — sometimes more than once. My first husband committed suicide with a gun and my daughter committed suicide with a gun, too.
I urge our lawmakers to make passing gun safety legislation a priority.
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