Minnesota State Representative Cal Bahr (R) called for violence against Democratic proposers of gun safety measures at a Gun Owners Caucus rally held at the capitol in February. According to reports from Raw Story and other news outlets, Bahr, a second term representative from Bethel, told the rally’s participants, “There’s a lot of us in this room that have had enough, and it’s time to start riding herd on the rest of these people that want to take your rights away from you. They will not go quietly into the good night. They need to be kicked to the curb and stomped on and run over a few times.”
The Minnesota legislature is currently debating legislation to enact universal background checks on bun purchases and to enact a “red flag” law that would give police the right to confiscate firearms belonging to people who have been deemed dangerous. According to VoteSmart, the National Rifle Association approved of Bahr’s positions on gun rights 93% of the time in 2018.
Beyond the article in Raw Story, coverage of Bahr’s speech at the rally appears to have been limited to local news outlets.
Brad Reed, “Minnesota Republican Encourages Gun Owners to Curb Stomp Democrats in Unhinged Rally Speech,” Raw Story, February 25, 2019, https://www.rawstory.com/2019/02/minnesota-republican-encourages-gun-owners-curb-stomp-democrats-unhinged-rally-speech/.
Christopher Magan, “Gov. Walz Condemns Lawmaker for Saying Gun Control Advocates Should Be ‘Stomped on and Run over’.” Twin Cities Pioneer Press, February 25, 2019, www.twincities.com/2019/02/24/.
Mike Mullen, “MN Republican Cal Bahr Wants Gun Control Advocates ‘Stomped on and Run over’.” City Pages, February 25, 2019, http://www.citypages.com/news/mn-republican-cal-bahr-wants-gun-control-advocates-stomped-on-and-run-over/506322941.
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