April 24, 2003

Concealed Carry Redux - You'll

Concealed Carry Redux - You'll know them by their enemies.

And I'm proud to claim some of the Minnesota Personal Protection Act's opponents as political foes.

Here's what the Strib had to say:

Opponents tried unsuccessfully to pass several amendments. One would have prohibited weapons at the Metrodome, State Fairgrounds, the Target Center, movie theaters and liquor vendors.
That's right. Best to keep those places as sacred sanctuaries for gang-bangers and nutbars who carry with neither training nor permits.
Another would have allowed local governments to restrict possession in their own public buildings.
Creating a "Citizens Can't Shoot You Here" zone in public buildings - brilliant!
A third would have prohibited concealed handguns at colleges and universities.
The DFL obviously wants to avoid scenes like this, at a recent shooting at a Virginia law school, where armed students apprehended a mass-murderer:
When the sound of shooting erupted, panic ensued. "People were running everywhere. They were jumping behind cars, running out in front of traffic, trying to get away," Gross said.

Instead of joining in the chaos, Gross and Bridges ran to their cars and got their guns. Joined by an unarmed Ted Besen, an ex-Marine and police officer, the three men approached the shooter from different sides.

"I aimed my gun at him, and Peter tossed his gun down," Bridges recalled. "Ted approached Peter, and Peter hit Ted in the jaw. Ted pushed him back, and we all jumped on."

The obvious conclusion - the DFL wants to protect criminals.

Back to the Strib's coverage:

An amendment by Rep. Karen Clark, DFL-Minneapolis, would have required a person with a handgun to ask the owner of a private residence for permission to enter.
That's right, DFL - legislate how people interact with each other over personal issues like allowing firearms in the home. Don't allow the individual the dignity of doing any such thing for themselves. Make it government's job.
"I'm ashamed of us," Clark said later during the debate.
She should be.
Opponents said more guns in purses and under suit coats would result in more guns being used inappropriately and more being stolen.
Unfortunately, opponents showed no statistics of any such phenomenon in current shall-issue states.

Because no such statistics exist.

Could it be that the opponents just feel that Minnesotans are that much more depraved than everyone else?

No wonder Karen Clark's so ashamed.

"This is not the conceal-and-carry bill; this is the conceal-and-kill bill," said Rep. Ron Latz, DFL-St. Louis Park.
In 1987, Florida state senator Ron Silver coined the phrase "The Gunshine State", and predicted that the streets of Florida would be like Dodge City East, after Florida passed its concealed carry law. He's had the good grace to eat his crow in public over the past ten years or so.

Assuming Mr. Latz is still in office, I'll be there with my Heinz 57 Crow Sauce ready to go.

But I liked this one, by Rep. Jean Wagenius (Nannystater, Minneapolis, where else?):

The new provision prompted some opponents in the House to display signs in front of their desks saying, " . . . allows no firearms within these premises." Rep. Jean Wagenius, DFL-Minneapolis, suggested that people opposed to the expansion boycott businesses that fail to put up the signs.

"If the Mall of America does not post the whole mall, I've had my last trip to the Mall of America," she said.

Given the trouble the Mall's had with gang shootings in the past ten years, I'm thinking it'd be worth it just to have a Wagenius-free zone.

And I plan, myself, on boycotting any stores that don't have a damn good reason for posting themselves.

More as events warrant.

Posted by Mitch at April 24, 2003 11:42 AM