Minnesota State Senator Jeff Hayden is pushing legislation that would give $200,000 of taxpayer’s money to gun control groups annually as a “gift.” He announced this idea in a recent press conference where he thanked Michael Bloomberg-funded Moms Demand Action for their “organizing power.”
The bill reads:
This act may be cited as the “Taylor Hayden Gun Violence Prevention Act.” To reduce the number of injuries and deaths of innocent individuals in the community and to increase community safety, the commissioner of human services shall develop a competitive bidding process to award grants to nonprofit organizations with expertise in gun violence prevention. A nonprofit organization awarded a grant must use the money for gun violence prevention or public awareness and education campaigns on gun violence prevention.
Hayden’s efforts stem from the death of his sister, Taylor Hayden. She was killed in July 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia when she and her friends were out for a night on the town. When they departed the establishment they were at, the group happened upon a dispute between two parties. Taylor was used as a human shield by one of the parties and was shot twice, which ultimately killed her. The altercation was a drug deal gone bad.
“My sister represented everything that we want our children to represent. Gun violence is a public health crisis,” Hayden said.
Hayden supports gun control in Minnesota with prevention and outreach. He plans to use the $200,000 annual “gift” in order “to get people to understand what happens when you use a gun.”