Raymond Dehn is going for the hoodlum vote in the race for the job of mayor of Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has come up with the bright idea of forcing the police to leave their guns in their cars until they are absolutely sure they need it. To call Dehn a complete idiot would be the epitome of understatement. In many cases the police would not be able to retrieve their guns either because they are pinned down or dead.
No doubt the most violent criminals in the city have found their candidate. Other candidates have said that something has to be done about police shootings but no other candidate has made the suggestion to disarm the police. How many police would immediately start looking for new jobs if that proposal took hold? I certainly would not want to risk my life with my gun way back in my squad car, would you?
Raymond Dehn, candidate for Minneapolis mayor, is proposing police officers leave their guns in their cars, but says it’s okay for them to have nightsticks or pepper spray.
Raymond Dehn, who is also a State Representative, is running against current mayor Betsy Hodges in this fall’s election, according to Fox9.
He said, “Officers don’t need to carry guns on their person all the time…I’m not saying they don’t have access to that, just like they have access to more lethal weapons in their cars, I would believe they would still have access to their guns in their cars.”
In a statement from Friday, July 21, he said, “We must divest resources, disarm officers, and dismantle the inherent violence of our criminal justice system,” according to the StarTribune.
Dehn also said that “drastic changes” need to be made in police officer training, including “how we get officers to not react to use their gun in situations, but learning skills around de-escalation training.”
Several other candidates are also running against Mayor Hodges, but none have proposed officers leaving their guns in their cars.
Mayor Hodges is not in favor of this proposal, and said, “And if we are going to talk about changes in gun policy, we shouldn’t start with police officers who are going to be operating in a world with people who have guns.”
Dehn said that he is working on the details of his proposal, and that he wants to meet with police officers to come up with strategies to keep the community and officers safe.
Yeah, taking guns away from the police is a great way to keep them safe. I suggest they take Dehn on a ride along, where he can be defended by police without guns against thugs who have guns.