Where Minnesota Lawmakers Stand On Solutions For Gun Violence

Where Minnesota Lawmakers Stand On Solutions For Gun Violence

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — After the mass shooting in Boulder, Colorado, the question of how to stop such violence is once again part of the national conversation. James Densley, a criminal justice professor at Metropolitan State University, helped found the non-partisan Violence Project to study the topic. READ MORE: The Violence Project interviews perpetrators of mass shootings, victims’ families, survivors and first responders as part of its holistic approach. “We just want people to act, and we want the shooting to stop,” Densley said. He says mass shooters often have reached a crisis point in their lives that’s noticeable to the people around them. “We need much better de-escalation, crisis intervention and suicide prevention in our schools, workplaces and communities,” he said. Densley also says media coverage must be responsible. It should not glorify shooters’ actions. He says access to firearms is another issue that can at least partly be addressed with legislation. “Things like background checks, wait periods, permit to purchase, red flag laws for those who are in a crisis and shouldn’t be getting access to firearms,” Densley said. “None of these things infringe on people’s Second Amendment rights, but they really would have a big impact.” (credit: CBS) WCCO reached out to Minnesota’s eight U.S. Representatives and Senators asking what they’re doing to stop tragedies like the ones in Boulder and, last week, in Atlanta. We asked if there was legislation they supported or planned to introduce. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith, and Reps. Angie Craig, […]

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