For ‘real’ work?
After my post on gun control legislation in Minnesota and its impact on jobs in that state, I started looking at the legislators who were sponsoring this legislation. Other than the fact that they were all Democrats, or as they are called in Minnesota – Democrat-Farmer-Labor, they had another similarity. They had made their careers, for the most part, in the public sector. Some, like Rep. Alice Hausman and Rep. Phyllis Kahn, even listed their occupation as “Legislator”. Look at the list below of the sponsors of HF 241 which is Minnesota’s version of an assault weapons (sic) ban.
Rep. Alice Hausman (DFL-St. Paul) Legislator/fmr Teacher Rep. Frank Horstein (DFL-Minneapolis) Community Organizer Rep. Erik Simonson (DFL-Duluth) Asst Fire Chief Rep. Jim Davnie (DFL-Minneapolis) Financial Educator Rep. Linda Slocum (DFL-Richfield) Teacher Rep. Rena Moran (DFL-St. Paul) Parent Leader Coord. Rep. Raymond Dehn (DFL-Minneapolis) Sustainability Consultant Rep. JoAnn Ward (DFL-Woodbury) Retired Teacher Rep. Phyllis Kahn (DFL-Minneapolis) Legislator/University Research Assoc.
This made me wonder if the sponsors of gun control legislation in other states shared the similar characteristics of being primary from the public sector. With hearings on gun control legislation in Colorado and New Jersey scheduled for this week, I looked at those two states in particular.