According to Twin Cities, Democratic Governor Tim Walz has condemned GOP lawmaker Rep. Cal Bahr for saying that gun control advocates should be ‘stomped on and run over’ at a Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus rally on Saturday. Walz said the Republican's comments risked causing violence.
“There’s a lot of us in this room that have had enough, and it’s time to start riding herd on the rest of these people that want to take your rights away from you,” Bahr said. “They will not go quietly into the good night. They need to be kicked to the curb and stomped on and run over a few times,” he continued.
Bahr is a small business owner and a member of the New House Republicans caucus. The group has broken off from the House GOP recently.
“Encouraging violence endangers our communities and undermines our democracy, particularly when the statement is made by an elected official,” Walz said about Bahr’s speech. “While heated debates are a healthy part of the political process, this type of language is unacceptable and demands condemnation from people of all political parties.”
Walz supports two safety proposals that will be presented in the House public safety committee this week: universal background checks for firearm purchases and a “red flag” law that would give police the right to take guns from people that they deem to be dangerous.
House Republicans and gun owners also criticized Democrats for preparing to hold a hearing on the bills Wednesday at Edina Middle School. House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler said that this would make it easier for parents and students to give their opinions on the proposals. Winkler said the venue was moved back to the Capitol when “the gun lobby directed their activists to badger local school district officials.”
Bryan Strawser, chair of the gun owners caucus said, “Had they chosen not to use students and schools as a prop for their anti-gun agenda, this entire issue could have been avoided.”
Although the bills are likely to pass in the House, they don’t seem to stand a chance in the Republican-controlled Senate.
Senate Majority leader Paul Gazelka said of the proposals, “Ain’t gonna happen.”