ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — Representative Erin Murphy says it’s time to study gun violence like a public health crisis.

On Thursday, she announced the steps she would take to curb gun violence if she’s elected Minnesota’s next governor.

It includes universal background checks on all gun sales. And banning the sale of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. The DFL-endorsed candidate says Minnesotans support common sense solutions.

“And frankly they are frustrated that their powerful voices are being ignored by a kind of politics inside that Capitol building that is more interested in protecting their status quo interests. More interested in the appeasing and doing the bidding of the NRA for advancing solutions that will protect our kids in school and protest people by the violence of suicide by gun,” Murphy said.

We looked into how the other top candidates for governor felt on gun control.

Fellow DFL candidate Lori Swanson is calling for gun safety reforms that include enhanced background checks and banning bump stocks.

And opponent Tim Walz supports universal background checks and a ban on assault weapons.

Republican-endorsed candidate Jeff Johnson says self-defense is a fundamental right. He believes creating new gun restrictions on law-abiding citizens will leave guns in the hands of criminals.

Tim Pawlenty’s campaign says he supports gun rights for law-abiding citizens.

Comments (3)
  1. Flex Kay says:

    I can’t for the life of me comprehend that these so-called intelligent people still haven’t figured out that guns ARE NOT the problem, WE ARE. You can legislate gun from here to hell and back and it’ll do NOTHING to stem the tide of killing. Look back in history, society then blamed alcohol for all it’s problems and banned it. What happened? Criminals took over and ruled until people finally got smart and repealed the ban, stifling the criminal element. And it’s happening all over again because our society is too afraid to blame itself for it’s problems. So sad.

  2. I think these gun control advocates and these politicians who pander to them seem to forget something very real and fundemental about the NRA! the NRA is not some corporate lobbiest group it is truly the one and only true grass roots organization made up of not corporations or gun manufacturers but LAW ABIDING AMERICAN CITIZENS!! It would be best if they think before they continue to attack an organization of citizens that have no problem voting them out of office if they continue to attempt to infringe on our Rights given to us by the US Constitution