MN Sheriff Blasts Gun Control Effort On Social Media

Some in the state of Minnesota are bound and determined to pass gun control. With a GOP-controlled Senate, it’s not very likely, but they’re going to try it anyway. The House recently passed a number of gun control bills and not everyone is happy with them about it.

One such person is Minnesota Sheriff Joel Brott who lashed out at the effort to infringe on the constitutional rights of Minnesotans.

See the attached letter from Sheriff Joel Brott re: gun control legislation

Posted by Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office on Monday, March 9, 2020

In particular:

“I too have concerns for the safety of our children and all citizens, but I don’t believe more restrictive gun control laws will resolve the problems of escalating gun violence in our society,” the post reads.

He’s right.

Look, I get that some people really do believe these laws make people safer. Nevermind that they do no such thing, of course, but I get that some people really believe it.

However, it’s imperative for those who understand how they don’t to make our stands. We simply can’t allow gun grabbers to run roughshod over us in their fervent but, at best, misguided effort to infringe on our Second Amendment rights. Time and time again, we’ve seen how these laws fail to accomplish their goals and yet the attempt to cram them through continues.

Take red flag laws, for example.

One of the things we’re told is that they’re useful for combatting suicide. While there are a number of other ways for someone to commit suicide, the focus is always on firearms. Experts say guns are more effective so limiting gun use for suicide attempts will save lives, hence red flag laws for suicidal people.

If that’s true, though, why are suicide rates climbing for states with red flag laws?

I mean, it’s like they don’t work or something.

Sheriff Brott makes reference to the factors that cause violence, and he’s right that we need to focus our attention there. Violence is violence, whether it’s with a gun, a knife, a hammer, or a car. Removing one weapon from the occasion doesn’t make society less violent. You just remove an effective means to combat that violence from the hands of law-abiding people.

Yet if you get to the causes of violence, the roots of it, you can change the entire nature of the discussion.

Are people violent because of single-parent homes? I don’t know, but if they are, then that’s something worth addressing.

Are they turning to violent crime because of poor job prospects? If so, that can be dealt with.

There are many potential factors and, more than likely, several play a synergistic role in fostering violence. That violence won’t care about the tools available to them. A violent criminal can hurt or kill someone with their bare hands if they want to, after all. Weapons aren’t a requirement by any stretch.

Sheriff Brott’s comments are accurate in pretty much every way and I’m glad to see more and more sheriffs speaking out about these unconstitutional and wrong-headed gun control laws some seem to believe will make our world all better.


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