Crack down on criminals, say Republican lawmakers in the wake of a mass shooting in Saint Paul that left one dead and 12 injured — including two shooters.  Ham Lake Senator and candidate for governor Michelle Benson points out those arrested have criminal records:

“The problem goes beyond a lack of police officers.  I think it also includes prosecutors not charging to the full extent possible, and judges not trying to keep criminals off the street during this time when we really need to get crime under control.”

Democratic Senator Sandy Pappas, who represents the district where the shooting occurred,  says “it’s too easy to get a gun — legally and illegally — and there’s too many guns in our society”:

“We haven’t been able to get anywhere.  I just think we have to elect people who care more about gun safety than they do about so-called Second Amendment rights.”