5th Congressional District Candidates Discuss Gun Culture During Forum

August 06, 2018 10:49 PM

The five DFL candidates pursuing Minnesota's 5th Congressional District seat addressed constituents during a forum at Beth El Synagogue in St. Louis Park Monday night.

A crowd of more than 1,000 people filled the temple.  Ahead of the forum, many of them took part in a Facebook poll to help determine what topics voters considered to be a priority.


Each candidate was asked their stance on seven issues, including healthcare reform, dealing with President Trump, fighting anti-Semitism, addressing the Middle East and their experience in politics and qualifications for the job.

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The most fiery conversation involved gun culture.  Below is how each candidate explained their views:

Patricia Torres Ray: "I oppose guns in schools and arming teachers, that has been a proposal of this administration." 

Ilhan Omar: "It's going to be important to have voices who felt what guns do to our society to be in Washington, and we need to loosen the grip of the NRA on Congress."

Margaret Anderson Kelliher: "I will tell you what has most affected me. That was 2012 in my neighborhood, when at Accent Signage a man who was angry about being fired decided to resolve that with a gun."

Jamal Abdulahi: "We need to reframe the argument. It has been one based on simple proposition gun culture. If people want to continue to own guns they can do that, but they don't need to own an AR-15."

Frank Drake: "There is no First Amendment without the Second Amendment. That is a hard one to swallow. But we have a conceal and carry permit in Minnesota with a reasonable law. There's no reason to change it here or across the country."

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Beth McDonough

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