Recent Murder-Suicides Renew Conversation on Expanding Gun Control Laws

November 06, 2017 10:59 PM

Two separate murder suicide cases occurred in two Minneapolis homes within a matter of days, according to police.

And in the ensuing days, some officials are hoping to renew the conversation on expanding gun control laws, with a focus on who should have access to the weapons.


Sunday's incident happened on the 2200 block of Polk Street Northeast. There had been a report of a man threatening someone inside his home with a gun. Minneapolis police confirm they set up a perimeter and that a standoff ensued, during which officers heard a gunshot. Authorities say it was a murder-suicide. As of Monday, the couple's name had not been released.

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Last Thursday, a hostile environment turned deadly on the 2700 block of Cedar Avenue South. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner confirmed the deceased were Homero Salinas and Martina Garcia. Police say Salinas shot Garcia and then shot himself. Neighbors, like David Preda, reacted: "I think there needs to be stronger control over who can have a gun and on what kind of guns they can have."

The conversation over expanding domestic abuse and stalking gun protections is especially important right now, according to State Sen. Dan Schoen, DFL-St. Paul Park. 

"The conversation does help because more people need to see their neighbors engaged," he said.

A few years ago, Schoen pushed through what gun control legislation he could at the State Capitol. It required suspects or those convicted of domestic abuse crimes with a no-contact order in place to temporarily surrender their firearms. They would be required to transfer them to a family member who doesn't live with the suspect until the case is resolved. 

Andrew Rothman is head of the Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance, and helped write the 2014 bill. He is also a staunch defender of the Second Amendment. 

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"Not only do we have a right to bear arms, we think self defense is a human right," he said.

Rothman is on the record as saying he wants fewer people to die by murder, suicide or accidentally by a gun, but there is disagreement on how to make that happen. 

Schoen said Monday he'd like to take the 2014 law a step further.

"We have 80 percent of society that thinks we should close the gun show loophole and have universal background checks."

Canvas Health provides resources for domestic violence victims. Find a link here


Beth McDonough

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