Statement from Kristin Bahner on Wednesday’s tragic shooting in Southern Florida:


“For seventeen families, yesterday morning’s ‘goodbye’ before school was their last. My heart breaks for every soul impacted, including our children here in Minnesota who saw this tragedy unfold on social media.

“Gun reform is not about putting an end to hunting or keeping people from being able to protect themselves. I believe in fixing gun show loopholes, safe storage to keep guns out of the hands of minors. I believe we can prevent unforeseen tragedies by not allowing permitless carry or permit holders in other states from skirting Minnesota state law.

“This may earn me a low grade or “?” from the gun lobby, but I’m not afraid to say what I believe. These aren’t controversial statements. Numerous polls show that a majority of Americans support background checks for all gun sales and other common sense reforms.

“I greatly thank Reverend Nancy Nord Bence and her organization for having the courage to have these difficult conversations with friends, family and neighbors and call on all of us to do the same. Let’s have these tough conversations in our community with respect and let’s do what’s right for the children of Minnesota.

“I invite everyone in our great district to join Protect Minnesota next Thursday, February 22nd to a Lobby Day at the Minnesota Capitol.

“Enough is enough. We need gun reform NOW. Contact your representatives and let’s get sensible gun safety laws on the table for this legislative session.”