Gov. Tim Walz condemns statements made by Republican State Lawmaker as 'unacceptable'

February 24, 2019 10:45 PM

Gov. Tim Walz and Minnesota House Speaker Melissa Hortman lashed out at Rep. Cal Bahr, (R) Bethel for comments Bahr made to a Gun Owners Caucus at the State Capitol Saturday.

Rep. Bahr streamed video of his six-minute speech directly to his Facebook page and it shows him criticizing proposed legislation to strengthen Minnesota gun laws.


"There are a lot of us in this room who've had enough, and it is time to start riding her on these people who want to take away your rights from you," said Bahr. "They will not go quietly into the good night and they need to be kicked to the curb, stomped and run over a few times."

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In a written statement, Walz said, in part, "Encouraging violence endangers our communities and undermines our democracy, particularly when the statement is made by an elected official. This type of language is unacceptable and demands condemnation from all political parties."

Hortman also issued a statement that said, in part, "Rep. Bahr's comments were reprehensible and have no place in civilized political discourse. Encouraging violence is irresponsible and dangerous."

Bahr told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the criticism from Walz and Hortman is a political ploy to discredit him and anyone else who opposes the proposed Red Flag Bill and the Universal Background Check Bill.

"They used one sentence from a six-minute speech and it was taken out of context," said Bahr. "I would not advocate for killing people. Why would I advocate for killing people?  But, this is a very bad policy idea that needs to be killed--a policy idea that needs to be killed."

The so-called Red Flag Bill would give police and families to the right to seek protective orders allowing police to confiscate guns from people who are determined to be a danger to themselves and others.

The Universal Background Check Bill would require a criminal background check for anyone in Minnesota who wants to buy a firearm.

Both bills have hearings this week at the Capitol.

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