MNGOP Rep. Tony Cornish will introduce legislation to arm teachers

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Cornish believes guns in the classroom could possibly prevent a mass shooting from occurring.
Last Friday, we told you about how some Minnesota conservatives, in the hours after the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting, opined that Minnesota teachers should be allowed to carry firearms in the classroom.

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As loony as that idea might seem to some, turns out it has at least one legislative supporter. Yesterday, WCCO's Pat Kessler reported that Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Good Thunder, "will introduce legislation to arm [Minnesota] teachers after [the Newtown] school shootings."

"It's something that we have to face that all of the laws in the world sometimes aren't just going to work," Cornish said, according to an MPR report. "The cop can't be everywhere so the best person to defend yourself is yourself."

Last session, Cornish authored the Defense of Dwelling and Person Act that was approved by the MNGOP-controlled legislature but ultimately vetoed by Gov. Dayton. But while he's known as a staunch advocate of gun rights, his decision to push a bill arming teachers is still a bit surprising.

During an interview with Chad Hartman last month, Cornish was asked whether he'd reintroduce to the Defense of Dwelling Act in 2013. He said there was "zero" chance.

"It's dead on arrival," Cornish said, alluding to the gun-unfriendly DFL majorities in both chambers. "I'm not going to spin my wheels when I know something isn't going to come to fruition."

You would think the same logic would apply with regard to Cornish's Armed Defense of Classrooms idea, as earlier in the day yesterday Dayton said arming teachers "defies common sense."

"You just increase the danger," Dayton said, according to a Star Tribune report.

But even though he'd likely veto a guns-in-the-classroom bill, Dayton made clear he believes Minnesotans have the right to bear arms.

"My reading of the constitution is that it provides a complete permission for any law abiding citizen to possess firearms, whichever ones he or she chooses, and the ammunition to go with that," Dayton said. "There's a limit on what society can do to protect people from their own follies."



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dd46
dd46

I have read a few quotes and then read a little more on this Rep. Cornish. I have to say I think he is way out there in his views. I read a study today that was looking for differences in between conservatives and liberals and it found that conservatives focused on negatives and maintained a view of the world as a hostile place. I would say that fits Rep. Cornish - it is sad to hear so much paranoia from one person. I think the GOP has been taken over by these ultra conservatives who drive their votes by fear of the world.


dannypasser
dannypasser

Rep Cornish is an extremely articulate leader and an ardent supporter of the Second Amendment to the US Constitution. I am extremely grateful for his leadership role. Thank you, Rep Cornish, for having the mental acuity to thoroughly understand our public safety issues and for having the speaking skills  to clearly  and articulately explain the vital importance of providing unwavering support for the Second Amendment. 

People who blame the weapons instead of blaming the violent criminals for committing atrocious acts of murder are totally missing the boat by attempting to infringe upon the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens to defend themselves and to defend their loved ones.


dannypasser
dannypasser

Rep Cornish is an extremely articulate leader and an ardent supporter of the Second Amendment to the US Constitution. I am extremely grateful for his leadership role. Thank you, Rep Cornish, for having the mental acuity to thoroughly understand our public safety issues and for having the speaking skills  to clearly  and articulately explain the vital importance of providing unwavering support for the Second Amendment. 

People who blame the weapons instead of blaming the violent criminals for committing atrocious acts of murder are totally missing the boat.


Sallyjos
Sallyjos

1. Although Rep. Cornish is the GOP lead on the House Public Safety Committee (and thus cannot be called a backbencher), there's no chance this passes.

2. In 2010, Education Minnesota, our state's teachers' union, endorsed Representative Cornish.

barbekresla
barbekresla

@lovelyleann Cornish is a gun toting tea partier nut. Who unfortunately representing the non-Mankato part of my county. Most annoying.

webcelt
webcelt

Arming all the teachers makes sense, because it could never ever happen that a student could steal the gun and cause trouble. Students never ever never get a hold of something dangerous and cause trouble. Nope, I can't foresee anything bad happening whatsoever.

lawremipsum
lawremipsum

@panopticon13 He looks like he's getting ready to drink our milkshake right after.

Jason Wittich
Jason Wittich

If you think that teachers don't already bring a gun to school...I have some magic beans to sell you.

ScottFremont
ScottFremont

@citypages #Minnesota REALLY wants me to move...and I'm fine with this. #Californiabound

Jean Claude Cau
Jean Claude Cau

Why don't we start with the ability of teachers to control their classrooms with corporal punishment in elementary schools? I'd venture to bet there would far fewer incidents down the road if children had rules and codes of discipline.

tmorbs
tmorbs

@DAbitty @citypages How is it stupidity? Please let me know what the basis of your statement is?

Declan Ring
Declan Ring

OMG we elected these morons. Its time to cut the chaff and get rid of these fools

Dean P. Cummings
Dean P. Cummings

Bullet proof doors wouldn't have stopped Lanza. He shot through the window.

Dean P. Cummings
Dean P. Cummings

MN doesn't need a new law to allow teachers to carry. Any carry permit holder may carry in a school as long as they have written permission from the principal of that school. Minnesota Statutes section 609.66, subdivision 1d, paragraph (f), clause (8). That is, unless Cornish is trying to do an end-run around the principals.

Lisa Smith
Lisa Smith

bad idea!! it'll just be a matter of time till a teacher mistakes something for a gun and shoots a kid....or a student steals the gun and shoots the class.....

blainegarrett
blainegarrett

Does he propose to also train the teachers in the use of guns too?

JessRBolenJr
JessRBolenJr

@DAbitty @citypages A few weeks ago, I had a guy sending me pics of armed Israeli teachers. He asked me if any of the kids looked rowdy

Lisa Cooney Weimar
Lisa Cooney Weimar

oh yeah, great. what kind of world do we live in. fucked up! tell me, whtat happens when the teacher freaks out one day and does something crazy? unreal...

DAbitty
DAbitty

@citypages It seems someone in Minnesota wants to turn it into Wisconsin… or worse, Michigan. God help you all! :/

Gal Shpantzer
Gal Shpantzer

Bob Alberti let me be the not-first (I hope) person to tell you that threatening governors with gunfire is not cool. I know you mean it in a snarky way but we were supposed to not do that, per the Gabby Giffords shooting.

Sara Diedrich
Sara Diedrich

I have been a teacher and my BF is an inner city HS teacher. NO reasonable teacher would advocate this. It is a STUPID idea for about 3 reasons i can think of and about 5 i can't even imagine yet.

Sara Diedrich
Sara Diedrich

If a teacher wants to carry, they shouldn't be a teacher.

Bob Alberti
Bob Alberti

I think it's a GREAT idea.. wait til the next Scott Walker type starts complaining about the Teacher's Union and slashing their pensions. S#!+ will get REAL...

Doug Farone
Doug Farone

how do we know if the teacher won't snap?

Andrew Lee
Andrew Lee

What if a teacher WANTS to carry? Should we tell them they can't?

Benay Nazhikewegahbow Fairbanks
Benay Nazhikewegahbow Fairbanks

arming teachers...hmm, bad idea. teachers are suppose to inspire through presence and example. This is fear mongering.

Elicia Price
Elicia Price

I don't think that is the safest idea. How about a referendum to put bullet proof doors (that can be locked) in schools? As a parent, I would be more than willing to pay for extra security in our schools.

Kate Schmidt
Kate Schmidt

This is literally the worst idea I have ever heard in my life

Andrew Lee
Andrew Lee

Yeah? Is there something untrue about that?

Kieron
Kieron

"stanch advocate."  The word is staunch.  Stanch means to stop or slow bleeding of an open wound.

dd46
dd46

@webcelt  Did you know they had a police officer with a gun on duty at one of the schools that had a multiple shooting? 


webcelt
webcelt

@ScottFremont Keep in mind he's not in the majority anymore and there's no way this is passing.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@tmorbs Have you ever met an elementary school teacher?   My gf works with 1st graders, she is tiny, hates guns, and once was startled into a scream by a butterfly.  She works with a 58 year old woman with bad knees.   Those two have devoted their life to working with children because they hate violence, confrontation, and want to surround themselves with innocent smiling kids not guns.  More guns is a stupid solution.  Adam Lanza targeted the weak and vulnerable.    Add guns and he will just attack a swimming pool, or an old folks home or one of the million places people gather.   Less guns or at least less deadly guns are the only way to make sure this happens less. 

DAbitty
DAbitty

@tmorbs I'm no longer arguing guns, with gun nuts! You are obviously unworthy of my time...

DAbitty
DAbitty

@JessRBolenJr @citypages That photo was only partially true. Not all teachers in Israel carry guns.

tmorbs
tmorbs

@DAbitty i asked politely about your views and you retort with name calling and call me crazy. #mature.

JessRBolenJr
JessRBolenJr

@DAbitty @citypages It was one in a series of pics intended to make a larger point to me. It was about 7 or 8 NRA folks arguing "at" me

DAbitty
DAbitty

.@tmorbs I shall call a crisis intervention team for you!

DAbitty
DAbitty

@JessRBolenJr Never… ;)

JessRBolenJr
JessRBolenJr

@DAbitty Yeah, I am shocked! lol Dishonest Republicans? Naw....

DAbitty
DAbitty

@JessRBolenJr They were also not being honest… I know you're just as shocked as me! LOL

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