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Public Safety | Minnesota

GOP Congressman Blamed Mass Shootings on Antidepressants

By Chad Smith on October 18, 2018.

Rep. Jason Lewis, R-Minn., said antidepressants cause mass shootings and has also pinned gun violence on immigration, terrorism, racism, gang culture and so-called gun-free zones. But one thing Lewis doesn’t believe causes gun violence is guns. In the wake of many of the high-profile mass shootings during the past decade, the Lewis took to Twitter or his radio show to express anger toward politicians who called for restrictions to gun access while theorizing that many factors — but not guns — were responsible.

Public Safety | Wisconsin

Walker Ignores State Prisons After a Career Boosting Private Ones

By Chad Smith on October 16, 2018.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, seeking a third term, has taken a hard line on prison reform, denouncing a Democratic proposal to reduce the state’s prison population as a plan to let out “violent offenders” as he faces criticism that he has mishandled and ignored an abuse scandal in the state’s correctional system while pushing for privatization.

Public Safety | North Dakota

Cramer Takes Cash from ‘Deadly’ Opioid Manufacturer As ND Grapples with Epidemic

By Chad Smith on October 12, 2018.

Rep. Kevin Cramer accepted a $1,000 campaign contribution from drug manufacturer Purdue Pharma this cycle, joining a notably small group of politicians taking the company’s money as it faces lawsuits from multiple states — including Cramer’s — for its role in the opioid epidemic.

Public Safety | Texas

Cruz Ignores His Own Vote Against Bulletproof Vest Funds in False Attack on O’Rourke

By Chad Smith on October 10, 2018.

During the first debate in his re-election campaign last month, Sen. Ted Cruz criticized his Democratic challenger for voting against funding for body armor for police. Cruz didn’t mention his own vote against funding for the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program, a program endorsed by a host of major national police organizations.