Chris Kranz, left, who said he had a gun permit, openly carried his Glock handgun during the public hearing at the Capitol Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013. Kranz said it was his 'God given right" to carry a firearm to protect himself, adding that he had been assaulted at age 19 and nearly killed.](DAVID JOLES/STARTRIBUNE) firstname.lastname@example.org During the second day of hearings on gun-carrying at the Capitol, comments from public were heard with both sides of the issue weighing in Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, at the State Capitol in St. Paul, MN.**Chris Kranz,cq
No longer will I encourage my children and grandchildren to visit the Minnesota Capitol. It’s hard for me to believe that our political leaders actually think that it’s just fine and even encourage people to walk around in the building carrying loaded handguns (“Tough-talking gun advocate taken to task,” Aug. 27).
Consider some of the heated debates that have taken place there. Add to that picture loaded handguns. You’ve obviously not been closely touched by the recent shootings in Minnesota and throughout our country. You’ve apparently been conned by the National Rifle Association into believing that returning to the Wild West is a great idea. I’m sorry, but I strongly disagree. Those of you who refuse to keep loaded firearms out of our Capitol certainly will never again gain my vote.
LYNN MADSEN, Golden Valley
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