Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton questions limiting guns in Capitol

  • Article by: Jim Ragsdale , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 14, 2013 - 9:53 PM

He says the weapons screening system at U.S. Capitol has “chilling effect” on public involvement.

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freedumb86Aug. 14, 1310:54 PM

If we all carry guns at the state capitol, then we will be much safer and no one will have to worry about anything. That's the purpose of the 2nd amendment.

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furguson11Aug. 14, 1311:54 PM

I always wonder about why government needs to lock themselves behind bulletproof glass and screening, especially when all the rest of us are just out in public.

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bflyAug. 15, 13 6:14 AM

I'm a gun rights supporter, but all you need to do is read any comment section on any Star Trib article to know why there are security measures at the Capitol.

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owatonnabillAug. 15, 13 6:17 AM

...Just another wearisome attempt by the-sky-is-falling crowd to keep this imagined "controversy" in the public eye. This is the peoples' house. If free, lawful exercise of rights cannot happen there, then where can it?

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barbjensAug. 15, 13 6:39 AM

Why do some people think they have to always have a gun with them. There should be places where you should not be "armed". When I went to some of the annual stockholder meetings, they searched everyone. When tempers flair at places there is no telling what they will do if they have a gun.

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wingophersAug. 15, 13 6:44 AM

Dayton's focus is really correct. The screening process at the US Capitol really does have a chilling effect on citizen participation. It adds to the frustration of "government" just having to wait 15 to 20 minutes to get screened. I once had to wait over an hour to be screened for a Sun Country flight and I don't think I will fly Sun Country again because of the experience. Thank you, Governor Dayton.

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suprpoleAug. 15, 13 6:54 AM

I agree with furguson11. The Politicians pass the laws allowing guns, but then want to be protected from them.

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sanddogsnarlAug. 15, 13 6:55 AM

"I always wonder about why government needs to lock themselves behind bulletproof glass and screening, especially when all the rest of us are just out in public."

You're not seriously suggesting you don't see any reason for a difference, are you? Who's a more likely target for unhinged crackpots with an agenda, you or some government agency and what it symbolizes to them?

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tomstromieAug. 15, 13 7:17 AM

I find it insulting that some allege that gun owners, especially those that carry guns legally, are so unstable that they are likely to become unhinged at a moment’s notice. Legal carry gun owners are among the most responsible and law abiding citizens.

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ontherecordAug. 15, 13 7:37 AM

freedumb86: "If we all carry guns at the state capitol, then we will be much safer and no one will have to worry about anything. That's the purpose of the 2nd amendment." Really?? The founding fathers thought that everyone should pack a sidearm for safety?? You mean all that stuff about a well-regulated militia was just window-dressing? You really need a course in constitutional law before making such absurd statements.

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