Don’t worry. We’re sure he’ll have no problem adapting his positions to please the Moms . . .
Tim Walz might not have been the first choice for governor of many of those who attended a meeting Wednesday in a St. Paul brewery. The DFL congressman did not have the bona fides on the issue that members of the group Moms Demand Action is organized around: gun safety laws in response to deadly school shootings around the country.
While the six-term congressman has changed some of his positions on gun laws over the last several years, Walz wasn’t Erin Murphy, the DFL primary candidate who backed the strictest gun control measures. Walz had that pesky résumé item of having been endorsed by the NRA in the past, and then there were the photos: pictures of Walz wearing a camo hat with the message, “Tim Walz: NRA Endorsed.”
Then came the primary. Not only did Walz easily defeat both Murphy and state Attorney General Lori Swanson, his victory set up a general election against a Republican candidate whose positions on the issue are the opposite of Moms Demand Action. Unlike Tim Pawlenty, who was expected to win the GOP primary right up until he didn’t, Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson opposes any additional controls on guns.
Read the shockingly controversial statement above . . .
With at least one city council member threatening to leave the room if a “Firearms Awareness and Safety Day” proclamation was read at last week’s meeting, Longmont Mayor Brian Bagley opted for unity.
He canceled the reading, saying his desire to keep the council unified outweighed his promise to gun-rights advocates that he would read the proclamation.
“The whole point of doing this is to maintain cohesiveness with council,” Bagley said. “I am going to stand by my council. Together, that is where the strength lies.”
Council emails show Mayor Pro-Tem Polly Christensen less than an hour before Tuesday’s council meeting sent a message to Bagley that she would not pose for a photo with the mayor or the proclamation’s supporters and would leave the room if the proclamation was read.
Despite the proliferation of these systems, in 2018 it appears that guns have largely fallen out of favor. In the land forces modernization plan that planned to give the Marine Corps additional SHORAD, a missile only system was proposed. New Russian air defense vehicles are mounting only missiles as well, eliminating the gun component of the Pantsir system. The same situation is occurring with militaries around the globe.
But why are militaries moving towards missile only solutions? There are a multitude of reasons.
Missile systems are becoming more and more capable. When the M163 VADS came out, it was paired with the M48 Chaparral medium surface-to-air missile launcher. The Chaparral fired modified AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles.
Police say they were called to downtown Greenville about a man who was presenting himself as a SWAT officer, complete with tactical clothing, a badge and a gun belt with a visible weapon.
An officer responded to a nuisance call about a man appearing to be acting as a SWAT officer. The officer said he found Corey Moore dressed in green tactical pants, a black polo shirt and police/military boots, with an exposed badge on a chain around his neck.
When questioned, Moore could not verify that he was any kind of credentialed law enforcement officer and said the gun on his belt was a toy, the officer said.
Police said the badge Moore was wearing read “private investigator.”
Eliminate gun-free zones and this will be much less of a problem . . .
On one hand, Jason Boek, who did not have a firearm at the time, and David Katz were willing to use deadly force to cause harm to themselves and others.
On the other hand, Robert Westlake was willing to put himself in harm’s way to defend himself and his passenger from being victims of violence.
The biggest factor in both of these cases, only days apart, is how Boek’s and Katz’s reactions to emotional distress were met with violent outcomes. Katz lashed out at his fellow gamers in reaction to his loss at the tournament. Boek exhibited the inability to control his emotional response to his estranged girlfriend supposedly leaving the bar. To the general population of America, these overreactions are well outside the norm, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.