Many gun control advocates see gun ownership as a Catch-22. Guns are too dangerous for mentally unstable people. Anyone who wants a gun is mentally unstable. Get yourself out of THAT one. Meanwhile, I believe that gun owners have a responsibility to use their weapon responsibly—even when they’re not using it. By not wielding a gun like a much macho religion-clinging “there but for the grace of God go you” proto-psycho-killer, responsible gun owners disprove the notion that the average firearms lacks the emotional intelligence to own a gun. Come to think of it, not really. If gun control groups see ONE legal gun owner lose their cool and shoot someone—a statistically insignificant occurrence that happens on a regular basis—it “proves” their theory. Still, it’s always a good idea to be a good example. Unlike, say, Mark David Lassila. duluthnewstribune.com tells the tale . . .
At 12:55 a.m. Jan. 5, Cloquet police responded to a call from a private snowplow driver who reportedly had been threatened while plowing the parking lot of the Lost Tavern in Cloquet. The plow driver stated that Lassila, who lives adjacent to the Lost Tavern, allegedly made an obscene gesture at him through the window of his home before later returning to the window with a rifle in his arms and then turning out the lights.
When the driver alerted police, two officers confronted Lassila in his home and confiscated a Remington 7400 Model 30.06 rifle from his residence.
Lassila’s going down for “making terroristic threats,” though he’s pleaded it down from a felony to a gross misdemeanor non-weapon offense. We here at TTAG add IGO OTD to his list of accomplishments