Every time I leave a classroom I've just taught in at the University of Minnesota, I see posters instructing me what to do if a hostile intruder enters the building: I have been trained to “Get Out, Hide Out, Keep Out.” I’m angry that our response to gun violence has been to train our students and teachers to hide. They should not have to be the brave ones who are forced to face hostile intruders and deal with the stress and distractions of a potentially-unsafe learning environment. Instead, it is the gun manufacturers, violent gun users, and the NRA who must change to fit our desire for a peaceful and safe society.
At the same time, I come from a hunting family, and I understand the needs of hunters. I’m not interested in taking guns away from responsible and law-abiding individuals.
At a minimum, I will work to pass the “red flag” laws and universal background check laws that have stalled in our GOP-controlled State Senate. These laws will ensure greater safety for our students and for everyone in Minnesota.