The Free Press, Mankato, MN


August 20, 2013

No need to ban guns at Capitol

Why it matters: Gov. Dayton is correct in saying there are no compelling threats to drastically tighten security at Minnesota's Capitol.


Minnesota’s Capitol has always been a very accessible building for citizens who want and deserve access to their representatives and to the process of law making. Trained Capitol security officers have provided a level of scrutiny and screening necessary to prevent violence at the Capitol while maintaining its accessibility.

There’s no evidence at the time that those security measures need to be significantly increased.

Other views on this topic

“There are good arguments that it decreases the possibility of bad things happening.”

“What makes us special in Minnesota is our access to elected officials,” he said. “We have a long and storied history of direct access.”

— Rep. Kelby Woodard, R-Belle Plaine

“There are so many controversial items being debated at the Capitol, we don’t need to bring weapons into that environment,”

— Steven Swensen, retired U.S. Marshal

“Newtown didn’t know or expect that they were going to have a problem either.” ... “We need to be prepared in some way. We can’t just keep pushing it aside.”

— Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon

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