A ci­ti­zen stopped the shoot­ing in Texas. How close to vig­i­lan­tism?

Star Tribune - - EDITORIALS READERS WRITE - LISA WERSAL, Vad­nais Heights

The re­ports that I have read about the events in Suther­land Springs, Texas, in­di­cate that the shooter was en­gaged by an armed ci­ti­zen as he was leav­ing the church, and that the armed ci­ti­zen then pur­sued the shooter in a truck. Was it law­ful for the armed ci­ti­zen to chase af­ter the shooter, or should he have left that to law en­force­ment? At what point does self-de­fense or de­fend­ing oth­ers end and vig­i­lan­tism be­gin? Per­haps le­gal ex­perts could en­lighten us on Min­nesota’s laws in this re­gard.

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The Star Tri­bune Edi­to­rial Board has ex­pressed its ad­mi­ra­tion for the Ja­panese pol­icy of to­tally ban­ning pri­vate own­er­ship of hand­guns (“Thoughts, prayers aren’t good enough,” Nov. 7). There are 300 mil­lion hand­guns in pri­vate own­er­ship in this coun­try. For­mer pres­i­dent Barack Obama once stated that there are those of us whose val­ues sup­port a cul­ture of God and guns, which you have told us in your edi­to­ri­als is in­ad­e­quate. Tell us what pol­icy you would carry out here. Re­peal the Sec­ond Amend­ment? Raids? Ar­rests? Pros­e­cu­tion? Now that we know what the Ja­panese think, how about pub­lish­ing the opin­ions of those of us in this coun­try who op­pose their views and be­lieve that the best way to deal with bad peo­ple with guns is good peo­ple with guns. We not only sup­port the Sec­ond Amend­ment. We sup­port the First Amend­ment

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