Minneapolis mayoral candidate proposes disarming police of guns


He thinks you can bring a night stick to a gun fight. Criminals enthusiastically approve.

From Fox9: MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) – State Representative and Minneapolis mayoral candidate Raymond Dehn is calling for major policing changes, proposing to take away guns from the majority of officers.

Dehn is one of several candidates running to beat current Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges in the fall.

He recently won the support of voters at the Democratic Farmer Labor convention and now his call to disarm police of their side guns is garnering major attention. “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,” said Dehn.

Dehn says there needs to be drastic changes in how officers are trained. He would be open to officers using other means to protect themselves like a night stick or pepper spray. “I think as we look at how to change policing and how we get officers to not react to use their gun in situations, but learning skills around de-escalation training I think are important,” he said.

Mayor Hodges disagrees with Dehn’s proposal. “And if we are going to talk about changes in gun policy, we shouldn’t start with police officer who are going to be operating in a world with people who have guns,” said Hodges.

Dehn says the details of his no gun proposal are still in the early stages and he wants to sit down with police officers and come up with a strategy that keeps both the community and law enforcement safe.

But the head of the police union, Lt. Bob Kroll, says there’s not a chance this idea would fly with any cop. “I don’t think the people in Minneapolis are logically ready for anything like this,” said Kroll. “Who would ever do the job of policing again? It’s absolutely an absurd thought.”

Fox 9 reached out to several of the other candidates running for mayor. All agreed that there needs to be substantial reform within the police department, but they say stripping officers’ guns is going too far.

h/t Weasel Zippers


24 responses to “Minneapolis mayoral candidate proposes disarming police of guns

  1. Is Raymond Dehn insane?

    U.S. News & World Report said in 2011 that Minneapolis tied with Cleveland, Ohio as the 10th most dangerous city in the United States

    Another interesting piece of info.: Among U.S. cities as of 2006, Minneapolis has the 4th-highest percentage of LGBTs of 12.5% (behind San Francisco, Seattle and Atlanta).


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    • “Is Raymond Dehn insane?”
      He obviously IS !!!
      without guns to protect the People and THEMSELVES,Minneapolis will shoot (no pun intended) to the top of the “Most Dangerous City” list.
      Are they gonna teach the Cops how to beg in multiple foreign languages,so they can beg the Terrorists,thugs,Tongans and Gang members NOT to shoot all those innocent people? How will they implement “de-escalation” tactics on the inner-city thugs who would rather shoot someone than listen to their pscho-speak as they try to convince them to give up their weapons and surrender?

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  2. Just when I think we have hit the pinnacle for stupidity, someone like this guy shows up. If he wins, they deserve what they get. Expect lots of fraud.

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  3. Maybe they should just give every citizen a squirt gun and do away with the police force.

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  4. traildustfotm

    Let’s pray that this candidate loses the election.

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  5. Is his grey matter intact? Glad Mr. Dehn (m.f.)’s proposal is a “proposal” because the police officer would be a dead duck, and would never finish his shift. Leave it to me I’d arm every police officer with whatever necessary weapon is out there, and I’d ask questions later. The voters need to find Raymond a comfortable “den” and put his a@@ out to pasture.

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    • I propose to Mr Dehn to put on a police officer’s uniform, a weapon in his car by all means, give him a night stick AND pepper spray, then let him patrol at 9 pm on a weekend in Minneapolis, when all the cockroaches come out to “play”. See what happens, Ray!

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      • Alma . . . That is a brilliant idea. This guy is a certain kind of chump! I hope the voters are not so stupid as to vote him into office.


        • I’d even go one better-send him through some GOOD Self Defense courses,to learn how to fight a half-dozen Criminals with only a nightstick and pepper spray. THEN send him out and let’s see how he does in the REAL world.

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  6. Kevin J Lankford

    If they had not spent the last 50 years or more stigmatizing firearms, embedding the fear of firearms in the minds of our youth, and adult fools, and stripping the true U.S. citizens of their second amendment right, and the right to defend themselves, we would not have to worry about police for our protection, any how.

    The sad truth is, we often have as much to fear from law enforcement as from any criminal element. There are plenty of examples.

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  7. If an individual is not doing anything wrong he does not need to fear the police.

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  8. I suggest he starts with his body guards to show everyone how wonderful it can be to have those who are supposed to protect you, not be able to protect you….he should tell all his liberal buddies about his “great” idea, and they should follow suit.

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  9. Such a move would duplicate what Bill Clinton did (most likely at the behest of Hillary) in disarming military people on military bases. That move allowed or green-lighted the Ft. Hood Massacre to proceed.
    And another thing needs to be said. I think this “Heartland” crap has to stop! Any State that would elect a POS like Walter Mondale (MN) or George McGovern (SD) is no conservative state at all. It sure seems like enough people in the Midwest are just as politically insane as those on either coast! Hell—they moved into Vermont over 20 years ago and ruined it!

    Liberalism is a mental disorder, as Michael Savage—no “Barry Goldwater conservative, he—has said, and now we have been witnessing the institutionalization of mental illness.
    And the morose, maudlin, moribund madness marches on, marauding and mauling anyone and anything in its way!

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  10. He should first walk around, unarmed for six months as a “tryout”. Does he know the mayor of Seattle?

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  11. Because it’s worked so well in Britain versus jihadists…

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  12. not so outrageous but a metaphor if Police didn’t have their guns they would think twice and deescalate situations rather then being the antagonist


  13. In Britain, before the Jihadists, it worked pretty well. When I was there people respected the “bobbies” who patrolled with only a whistle and a nightstick. Of course, shootings were almost unheard of. There were a lot of cat burglaries and that sort of thing.

    I remember watching one bobby take down a vicious drunk with his bare hands, without raising his voice and calmly informing him that he was under “Her Majesty’s arrest”. They came and got him and he displayed no animosity toward him even though he’d been in a brawl with him.

    Those cops earned respect because they were on the street with the people and they were polite. Given the mix there today, and the change in tactics, worldwide, it wouldn’t work.

    I agree that there needs to be a bigger emphasis on deescalation. There also needs to be a return to minimum force necessary instead of emptying your magazine.


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  15. IF this IDIOT wins and does disarm the police make sure his bodyguards are also unarmed!!!! Is he also going to make sure ALL criminals are also unarmed??????

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