A group of Democratic Minnesota lawmakers is demanding immediate action on anti-gun-violence measures at the state and national levels, following the elementary school shootings in Texas. Representative Carlos Mariani from Saint Paul says says the Minnesota House passed universal background checks and a “red flag” bill, they did not pass the Senate, and it’s time to bring them back. Mariani says “I have failed to do so” because “I now don’t have the votes to pass these, as we did four years ago.”
Mariani and colleagues are calling on Minnesotans to elect senators and representatives who support what they call common sense gun safety laws. Rob Doar with the Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus says the Texas shooter passed a background check and the two sides should work on areas they agree on — mental health resources in particular.