Hours after a mass school shooting in Connecticut, Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken said now is not the time to discuss reforming the nation’s gun-control laws.
“This is the day for us to have the victims and their families in our hearts, in our prayers and in our thoughts,” Franken said Friday.
The Minnesota senator was at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus to hear from residents about the potential impacts of the so-called fiscal cliff.
He began a news conference after the meeting by discussing the school shooting in which a gunman killed 20 elementary school children and six adults.
“This has been a very sad day,” Franken said. “It’s a horrific event and certainly every Minnesotans' prayers and thoughts are with the families and the friends of those who were killed or wounded, and those who are heeling from those wounds.”
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During an MPR interview in front a live audience, Dayton reiterated his support for middle class tax cuts, a big boost in transportation funding and universal prekindergarten during next year's legislative session, all priorities he was unable to achieve in the 2015 session.
State Auditor Rebecca Otto, reeling from a new law allowing counties to hire private audit firms to review their finances, said in a statement she has hired outside counsel "to help me assess the implications of this law and its impact on the core function of auditing."