Recent shooting deaths in the Twin Cities, California and elsewhere have ratcheted up the push for anti-gun-violence measures during the upcoming special session of the Minnesota Legislature.  House Speaker, Democrat Melissa Hortman says it will make a difference:

“In countries that are similar to ours,… we have more police… more guns on the street than in any other society, and yet we have more gun deaths.”

But Senate Republican Majority Leader Paul Gazelka says what’s needed is more police on the streets — *not* new gun laws:

“Changes in Minnesota gun laws is not the issue or the problem:  It’s criminals that have guns.  It’s criminals that are willing to do violent acts — and that’s what we need to stop.”