Minnesota House abandons plans to vote on gun legislation this year

  • Article by: Jim Ragsdale and Rachel E. Stassen-Berger , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: May 2, 2013 - 12:13 AM

“Neither side has been willing to come to an agreement,” Speaker Thissen said as to why expanded background checks and other bills won’t get votes.

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sharkysharkMay. 1, 13 9:10 PM

The supposed "gun debate" is grist for utopians to chew on endlessly in their search for a perfect World. The reality is that there isn't anything to "debate". Americans have the right to keep and bear arms and for nearly all of us it works just fine the way it is thank you. There is no gun problem that can't be solved by enforcing existing laws. A little less "community organizing" and a bit more law enforcement ought to do it.

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dmulville72May. 1, 13 9:29 PM

cowards.... as if it will be explored next year, being an election year. No one on either side has any courage of their conviction.

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stribblogMay. 1, 13 9:50 PM

In my opinion, the primary responsibility of any legislator is to keep it's citizens safe to the best of their ability. This sickens me beyond belief. My great grandfather was a State Senator and a Member of the US House. He serve during reconstruction. If today's legislators think they have it tough, imagine the polarized country then. My great grandfather must be turning over in his grave to see legislators that are nothing but cowards willing to watch this country's children be slaughtered, while doing nothing. Let's hope that those legislators in Washington are courageous enough to get something done!

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mankato58May. 1, 13 9:59 PM

stribblog, The primary responsibility of any Legislator is to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. Next they move into providing what citizens cannot do for themselves.

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zeldacMay. 1, 1310:03 PM

First off, I don't believe Obama's polls that 90% of Americans want a ban. Secondly, the liberal politicians have overplayed the Ct. shootings to attempt gun control. Obama parading the parents around was over the top,even though I feel deeply for the parents. They were being used by him for his political agenda.

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rampalincMay. 1, 1310:06 PM

At the end of the day 90% of Americans support an issue that govt officials (for the people by the people) will not even vote on. Whether republican or democrat that in itself is something to fear - not just 2nd amendment issues but the concept of democracy in this country.

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photogpatMay. 1, 1310:15 PM

How refreshing that legislators are able to see through the false dichotomies and rhetoric put forward by paid lobbyists and opponents of civil rights in this state (and by national gun control groups too).

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franknjackMay. 1, 1310:20 PM

It's funny how many people who claim to be so passionate about the second amendment have failed to read it. They think it only says they have a right to bear arms, or they choose to ignore the part about a well-regulated militia. Reminds me of the folks who selectively read the Bible, too.

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mtsbrMay. 1, 1310:21 PM

The Democrat legislators have tried to ride the emotional wave of Newtown to push yet more gun control in Minnesota. Guns are used more than 2 million times a year to stop crime. They are used by the law abiding to stop crime far more often than they are used in crimes. I'm glad to see some reality coming to the Capitol.

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stribblogMay. 1, 1310:26 PM

mankato58. Yes, defend the Constitution, while REPRESENTING THEIR CONSTITUENTS. 90% of the people in this country want better legislation surrounding gun purchases. Don't whine to me about the Constitutional rights to bear arms. What about the Constitutional right TO LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS that the legislators are ignoring.

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