Minnesotans Rally for Civil Rights

A group of civil rights activists assembled outside the Minnesota State Capitol on Monday in support of the right to keep and bear arms, reports Minnesota Public Radio News. This marked the first time that two gun advocacy groups — Minnesota Gun Owners Political Action Committee and the Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance — jointly organized an official lobbying day. They were joined by Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt, who “told the rally that he will stand with gunowners to protect their rights,” MPR reports . . .

“I’m a sportsman myself, and I have a permit to carry a handgun,” the Speaker was reported as saying.

The assembled people had several items on their plate.

Andrew Rothman, president of the Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance, said they want Minnesota to join 46 other states that have the right to keep and bear arms spelled out in the state constitution. He said they also want a law that would prevent police from confiscating firearms during times of emergency.

Rothman told the crowd he was very disappointed to hear that state Sen. Kathy Sheran, DFL-Mankato, was proposing to ban guns in polling places on Election Day.

“We have 185,000 permit holders in the state, and have we ever had an incident at a polling place?,” Rothman asked. “No, but someone saw a gun and it made them frightened, so let’s pass a law. I’m tired of that.”

For her part, Senator Sheran has not actually filed a bill yet, and was noncommittal in the report:

‘I’m trying to figure out why it isn’t a reasonable request to keep the polling place safe,” Sheran said. “I’m listening to all these different ways of thinking about how to improve the feeling of safety and security for these election judges. That’s as far as I’ve gone with it.”

I certainly wish our friends in Minnesota well. It is good to see how much progress has been made in the state so quickly; the state has only had a shall-issue concealed carry law since 2005, and ten years later, even a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Laborer Party can’t even voice full support for the idea of a bill to roll back a small portion of the gains the state has enjoyed in expanding the civil right to keep and bear arms for its residents. Even in an interview for public radio, no less.

I’d also like to gently suggest that the manner in which this rally was conducted sounds like a better example of how to have to win friends and influence people amongst the denizens of legislative bodies (vice simply making a splash in the news) than some other recent examples.

comments

  1. avatar Usriflecaliber.30m1 says:

    I wish we could own suppressers here in MN.

    1. avatar Eric Crear says:

      Agreed. Besides that, I find most of the firearm laws here in MN to be fairly straightforward. Our carry law is pretty simple. Most people don’t know it’s open carry in MN, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen it.

      1. avatar John in Ohio says:

        If you have a mind to, I encourage you to get involved and make a change towards OC.

        OC synopsis for MN: http://www.opencarry.org/?page_id=259
        http://forum.opencarry.org/forums/forumdisplay.php?107-Minnesota

        1. avatar Eric Crear says:

          Thanks, I have checked it out. Open carry appeals to me, but I feel the stigma on me when I’m the only one.

        2. avatar John in Ohio says:

          You’re welcome and I understand. If it helps, over time that feeling goes away. In fact, for some (myself included) it becomes slightly uncomfortable when not carrying openly. For me, it feels like I’m not carrying when my main sidearm is concealed and I have to remind myself that it is still there in the holster.

  2. avatar Sixpack70 says:

    An absence of guns does not equal safe.

    1. avatar JasonM says:

      She’s not claiming it will. Look again:

      improve the feeling of safety

      Feeling safe matters more than being safe.

      1. avatar Sixpack70 says:

        Ooops! I’m sorry! I forgot it is all about feeling safe, not about making yourself safe. I should have learned that from this mornings full retard hoplophobe article.

        1. avatar LarryinTX says:

          Out amongst strangers without my gun, I rarely feel “safe”. The law she wants passed, once she figures it out, would force everyone who even wants mere admission to the voting site to display a loaded firearm to the armed judges. No gun, no vote, everybody present will feel safe because they are armed, and everybody present will BE safe, because they are ALL armed. Only problem, of course, is that during the time all armed citizens are at the polls, local criminals will have a field day robbing those who stay home unarmed.

    2. avatar Pieslapper says:

      Seems thousands of concealed carriers is what keeps the polling places safe. Just saying.

      1. avatar LarryinTX says:

        Always has been.

  3. avatar Gov. William J. Le Petomane says:

    I’m boycotting Minnesota because they don’t recognize my Iowa permit to carry. Iowa recognizes Minnesota permits but Minnesota won’t return the favor. Bastards. Maybe they should protest that. Fix that and I might go shopping at the Mall of America. Ride the roller coaster at Camp Snoopy with my gat.

    1. avatar Grindstone says:

      Oooh, hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Camp Snoopy closed down in MoA in 2006.

      1. avatar Gov. William J. Le Petomane says:

        Well I guess I’ll have to go Valley Fair then. It still exists? Over in Shakopee. I’ve got a new retention holster I need to test out.

        1. avatar Adub says:

          Everything is still open at MoA. You can have your gat on the Ninja Turtles ride. 😉

        2. avatar Gov. William J. Le Petomane says:

          Well, not with an Iowa weapons carry permit.

    2. avatar Dustin Doyle says:

      Fixing reciprocity was one of the goals we were discussing last November, not sure how we are doing.

      The big push for this year is suppressors, constitutional carry, improving the current carry law, namely removing the notification requirement for certain government buildings, banning gun confiscation during emergencies, and a few others.

  4. avatar pwrserge says:

    “I’m a free man and I have the permits to prove it.”

    God, every time one of these lickspittles opens their mouth they make me wonder about their intelligence. If a politician thinks that they have the authority to infringe on your rights, it is your duty to prove that they lack both the authority and the means.

  5. avatar AnhydrousWater says:

    “I’m listening to all these different ways of thinking about how to improve the feeling of safety and security for these election judges”

    Feelings, that’s right. It’s all about the feelings. Good that they have started admitting it recently.

  6. avatar Eric says:

    Getting real sick of the redirect ads on my phone.

  7. avatar Former Water Walker says:

    I dunno. This is a state who elected Al “Stewart Smally” Franken senator and Jesse the Body Ventura governor. That’s pretty rabidly FU’ed. I would advise carry your legal concealed weapon anyway. And don’t print…

    1. avatar Eric Crear says:

      Ventura is a nutcase now, but he was actually a decent governor. He was in favor of a carry law before we got our current one. He also got our current light rail system started, as well as eliminated emissions testing. He held the highest office ever by a green party candidate, and generally said exactly what was on his mind.

  8. avatar DerryM says:

    So, “feeling safe” can only be defined as the Progressives define it? Interesting…verrrry interesting…but also schtoopidt!

  9. avatar mattt says:

    As a Minnesota resident, I was glas to hear about this. I’m lucky to live in a mostly gun friendly state, but a state that is increasingly liberal. Unfortunately we cannot own supressors at the moment… But I have heard that soon there will be a push for legalization of supressors.

  10. avatar John in Ohio says:

    ‘I’m trying to figure out why it isn’t a reasonable request to keep the polling place safe,” Sheran said. “I’m listening to all these different ways of thinking about how to improve the feeling of safety and security for these election judges. That’s as far as I’ve gone with it.”

    She already draws the conclusion that banning guns keeps the polling place safe and then does the ol’ switcharoo… “what’s unreasonable about that.”

    Notice that it is to improve the “feeling of safety and security” and not actually about improving real safety and security. ‘Muh feels! ‘Muh emotions! FFS

    1. avatar JR_in_NC says:

      Yep. Tautology reveals a progressive, statist mindset with consistency.

  11. avatar John in Ohio says:

    At the end of your writing it is clear that you have an axe to grind, Johannes Paulsen. The responsibility is on you to prove that what you claim changed votes, assuming votes actually changed.

    You seem to be concerned about alienating people. Well, how many gun people do you think that you are alienating by beating that same drum? Are you sure that YOU aren’t doing your part to create division amongst those who carry firearms?

  12. avatar IAB2 says:

    So the War on Wimmen Dems and trendy SJWs are banding together with the faux Mommies and professional gun grabbers, claiming their triggering trumps the facts, and justifies taking god given rights.

    More female solipsism and victim-claiming that un-does the good that was done by the early feminist movement, in the last dying gasp of post-modern, tranzi-nazi, cultural marxism, revealing the sordid truth behind every fascist movement- a simple play for power, no matter what the cost. Ends justifies the means.

    Go ahead, double down, push thru the resistance, Progtards. Its working so well for you so far.

    You know, those nice Lutherans up there in Minn-e-Soda are nice, and will go pretty far to put up with their kooky neighbors.

    You dont want to invoke the old Viking impulse, when you mess with their family. Then the square-heads will write you off, for a long, long time.

    Ya sure you betcha.

  13. avatar Gabe says:

    I didn’t hear about this until it was too late or I would have been there. MN is strong with gun owners who will fight for their rights. There are even a lot of Democrat voters here who are on the same page when it comes to 2A. I want to start pushing hard for suppressor legalization and better state carry reciprocity. (common sense gun laws) I want us to push it hard and overwhelm them.

    1. avatar Elephant Rider says:

      Unfortunately we’ve got four more years of a Dayton veto looming over suppressor ownership if we could even get it past the progressive controlled Senate.

      1. avatar Dustin Doyle says:

        Luckily Dayton seems to notice which way the wind is blowing. He has said many pro-gun things in the last year or so. He even spoke out in favor of capitol carry.

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