Adversaries on gun issues agree to hear each other
ST. PAUL -- Donovan Kuehl wore a button proclaiming "I support the 2nd Amendment."
He shook hands with Linda Winsor, sitting next to him and wearing a sticker declaring "Minnesotans against being shot."
The Willmar man and St. Paul women produced a rare example of Minnesotans on two sides of the divisive gun debate wanting to learn about each other's views.
"It was a good conversation," Kuehl said.
The two met waiting in line to attend a Tuesday House gun hearing, and sat next to each other during a third gun meeting on Wednesday, shaking hands before the committee began.
"We need to take some common-sense measures," Winsor said about ways to control gun violence, such as mass shootings.
She said that she was "struck by the sense of Second Amendment rights and erosion" expressed by people like Kuehl.
The Willmar man voiced an opinion that gun-control supporters like Winsor often call extreme.
"I think guns in schools would be good," Kuehl said about proposals some Republicans support to allow teachers and other school workers to carry weapons.
"I'm concerned that there is an erosion of the Second Amendment," he said about the federal constitutional provision that conservatives say guarantees them the right to carry guns.