How can these tragedies be avoided? Simple: follow the law, says Pete Orput.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
The month of December has been devastating for at least two families in the Twin Cities. Both families had a child find a gun in the home and shoot his sibling. One of those cases ended with a 4-year-old shooting his 2-year-old brother to death; the other involved a 2-year-old shot by his 9-year-old brother while the parents were away. Unfortunately, these cases are neither rare nor confined to our communities. In fact, a cursory Google search for toddler gunshot deaths just this month shows kids accidentally killing their siblings in Texas, Tennessee, Colorado and California. How can these tragedies be avoided? Simple: follow the law! In Minnesota it is a gross misdemeanor to negligently store or leave a loaded firearm in a location where…
The East Metro Crime Prevention Coalition will include resources from Washington, Dakota and Ramsey counties.
County officials from across the East Metro area have announced the creation of a new initiative aimed at fighting crime at the regional level while engaging communities at the local level. According to a release from the newly annointed East Metro Crime Prevention Coalition, Washington, Dakota and Ramsey counties have designed the partnership to be "a unique multi-jurisdictional initiative to unify and share crime prevention strategies and resources to achieve better outcomes for our community." No details were given as to whether the coalition would have powers of enforcement similar to a task force or whether it will be merely analytical in nature. The Coalition has scheduled a press conference for Tuesday (Feb. 28) at 12:15 p.m. Law …