It happens all the time, you know. The fanatical gun kooks come up with another crazy proposal for letting anyone shoot to kill with moderate, at best, suspicion or provocation. The vast majority of law-enforcement personnel, well aware that letting your typical would-be vigilantes with their Dirty Harry fantasies, wave guns around pretty much whenever they get nervous, is a very, very bad idea, opposes it. But that doesn’t make a difference.
At a news conference yesterday, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Minnesota prosecutors “unanimously oppose” a bill that would broaden the rights of property owners to use deadly force.
The Minneapolis and St. Paul police chiefs along with representatives of chiefs from around the state joined Freeman in expressing their opposition to the bill.
The bill’s chief sponsor in the House, Rep. Tony Cornish (R-Good Thunder), is a law enforcement officer himself, but apparently he’s immune to his colleagues’ appeals to reason. He tried this last session, too, but like most conservative legislators, he’s not one to give up on a bad idea.
The bill’s Senate sponsor is Sen. Gretchen Hoffman (R-Vergas).
Hoffman said that “In towns and cities where there are people that legally own and use their guns, crime goes down.”
That has been conclusively shown to be absolute right-wing b.s. (PDF download)