Panel urges more cops in Capitol area

  • Article by: JIM RAGSDALE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 17, 2012 - 8:45 PM

But it stopped sort of backing weapons screening.

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jarlmnDec. 17, 12 9:18 PM

Under current law, firearms carry permit holders are required to notify, in advance, the Commissioner Of Public Safety, whenever they plan to visit the capitol complex while in possession of a firearm. Any person, permit holder or not, who fails to do so, is guilty of a felony. Not to mention the other laws someone might be also breaking; carrying concealed without a permit, felon in possession of a firearm, etc., etc. We have a plenitude of heavy-penalty laws already on the books, which, if touted and enforced, should adequately provide for the safety of the capitol complex .... without turning it into a Fuhrer Bunker.

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birchtreeDec. 17, 12 9:31 PM

No additional security should be put at the capitol. Politicians need to experience the same things regular people experience, otherwise they will never change anything. The slaughter of people by shooters with assault weapons does not move them to action. Security should be exactly the same at the capitol as it is in an elementary school. Then when the slaughter occurs at the capitol they might vote to finally ban assault weapons. They don't change health care because they have voted themselves the best health care for life, they don't change investing rules because they get inside information they can use for their own investments, they don't change the minimum wage because they give themselves generous pay raises every year. They care nothing for the people, the state or the nation, only for getting reelected and continuing to collect obscene amounts of campaign contributions from their rich donors.

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furguson11Dec. 17, 1210:21 PM

Maybe additional security would benefit North Minneapolis or parts of St. Paul, but I don't know that there is evidence of a crime wave at the capital. All security will catch there are pocketknives and finger nail clippers from citizens. I doubt that legislators would have to go through screening, though it could be fun to see what Cornish is carrying.

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EleanoreDec. 18, 12 7:20 AM

"Then when the slaughter occurs at the capitol they might vote to finally ban assault weapons." - They don't have the authority to negate our constitution. I agree with ferguson that maybe crime ridden areas could benefit from more security. Seems like a no brainer. Let the elected experience the plight of those they represent seems like a good idea to me, how many cops in your neighboorhood?

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reader15Dec. 18, 12 7:49 AM

Wouldn't the politicians feel more secure if there were fewer guns in the Capitol area?

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seaclearDec. 18, 12 7:52 AM

Dayton walked away from his congressional job because of security concerns. Why the conservative approach in St. Paul?

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roymercerDec. 18, 12 7:53 AM

Politicians aren't fools - they take care of themselves first.

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k3k30sDec. 18, 12 8:03 AM

Whether this is NOT in response to the Newtown massacre or not - - I totally disagree with increasing the security at the capitol. 40 security officers is not enough?????????? Good grief! What would troubled residential areas in both Minneapolis & St. Paul give to have 40 new police officers. Crime is not running rampant at the capitol. Where are your prioirities?

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philpyramDec. 18, 12 8:55 AM

There is actually a crime wave in the Capitol area. The current security force has been unable to stop it. Numerous vehicle break-ins, vandalism and auto thefts in the state parking lots. Not sure if more forces will necessarily work, though, as the existing forces don't seem to be all that effective individually.

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rickbmnDec. 18, 12 9:29 AM

This is utterly absurd! Do people realize that a 40-person police force is the size of a police force for a city of about 35,000 people? (And 67 cops for a city of about 60,000.) And they want to increase it by over 60%!!! There is just no sense of reality in ANY matters anymore in St. Paul.

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