The Free Press, Mankato, MN

February 19, 2013

Your View: Families take oath to protect selves

By Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Good Thunder

— In a Feb. 13  letter to the editor, Keven Henslin questioned my statement that police officers have no more right to defend themselves than citizens do. He then weakly paraphrased a peace officer's oath and after it, stated: "If every citizen commits to follow the above, then yes, I agree with Cornish's statement."

We must be in agreement, since I believe every citizen takes an oath to protect their family and themselves, very similar to a policeman's oath to protect the public while affording protection for themselves. Every father and mother or anyone else rightly deserve, if they so wish, to own an AR 15 with a 30 round magazine the same as peace officers do. You won't find a peace officer that wishes to trade in his 30 round magazine for a 10 rounder.

Many peace officers seem to agree with me. The Minnesota Sheriffs' Association and the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association and our two law enforcement heads in this county do not support an assault weapons ban or a magazine ban. Even where most of the murders are committed in this state, which is Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Police Union president recently chided Mayor Rybak in writing for jumping on the "gun control bandwagon."

Instead of trying to take away legal hunting firearms, I am working with the NRA to make it more difficult for bad guys to obtain firearms through better mental health information transfers, more information on crimes of violence included in background information and help for mental illness with early prevention techniques.

Leave our law abiding citizens alone and go after those who are the problem.