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Peggy Karsten letter: Support a Red Flag law for Minnesota

Summary: Letter writer urges support for a Red Flag law in Minnesota.

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I was a member of the NRA (National Rifle Association) for one year.
During that year, I must have gotten weekly letters urging me to send money because “they” want to take our guns away.

I don’t know of any reputable politician who wants to take guns away from responsible gun owners.

However, some people should not have access to guns. Obviously, criminals and domestic and foreign terrorists should not own guns. People who post on social media that they plan to shoot up a school or create a riot should not have guns.

In other words, anyone who might do harm to themselves or others should not have access to a gun.

These people are explained in Red Flag laws, so that family members or the police can go to a judge and get a court order to remove a gun temporarily. States that have passed Red Flag laws have a measurable decrease in suicides.

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Many voters are single-issue voters and vote for the candidate who is “pro-life.” Unfortunately, the right to life seems to protect children in the uterus, but not children in a classroom because the people these voters elect do not support reasonable gun laws. Nor do they support the extension of Medicaid which would help poor mothers who are pregnant get pre-natal care and cover the babies once born with medical care that can extend until they are 10-years-old and onward.

Does the right for an 18-year-old to buy two AR-15 assault rifles and 200 rounds of ammunition outweigh the right to life for 10-year-olds?

Does his right to buy weapons outweigh the right to life of police?

What does an 18-year-old need with that much firepower?

No wonder the police were afraid to confront him without protective gear.

Urge your legislators to support a Red Flag law for Minnesota. You might save the life of a loved one.

Peggy Karsten
Willmar

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