The Battle Continues

Minnesota Concealed Carry Reform Now has released its 2006 Voter Guide. The guide - as noted in an offline email by the person who sent it - is a good guide, in general, but it's got problems. It would seem...
Posted by Mitch on November 02, 2006 | Read Whole Post | Comments (0) | TrackBack

A Pack, Not A Herd: Utah

After dozens of school shootings, both famous (Columbine, Red Lake, Nickel Mines, Bailey) and not-so-famous (the shootings at Cold Spring/Rocori, Minnesota a while ago), people are starting to figure out that merely calling a school a "gun-free zone" doesn't necessarily...
Posted by Mitch on October 16, 2006 | Read Whole Post | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Common Sense Erupts

From myh keyboard straight to the halls of power; a Wisconsin legislator suggests allowing teachers to serve as protectors, rather than abattoir minders, when under attack:State Representative Frank Lasee says teachers and principals should be armed with guns. Lasee said...
Posted by Mitch on October 06, 2006 | Read Whole Post | Comments (2) | TrackBack

The System Is Broken

Another school shooting; a man invades a school, systematically takes six girls hostage, and eventually kills one and then himself, while the SWAT team is working its way toward him. Good thing schools are gun-free zones, or who knows what...
Posted by Mitch on September 28, 2006 | Read Whole Post | Comments (10) | TrackBack

No Facts At All

I was going to fisk the recent NYTimes editorial last Tuesday about the Minnesota Personal Protection Act... ...but Joel Rosenberg already strangled the article with its' own innards. The piece - by Verlyn Klinkenborg - may have the lowest fact-to-length...
Posted by Mitch on September 08, 2006 | Read Whole Post | Comments (6) | TrackBack

All The Weight Of The World

When it comes to gun owners' rights, Nick Coleman is neither fish nor fowl. He's taken his little thwacks at gun owners - his classically-bad 1980's column where he fired an AK47 and then spent six column inches pinballing between...
Posted by Mitch on August 07, 2006 | Read Whole Post | Comments (5) | TrackBack

High-Water Mark

San Francisco gun ban struck down in court:The ordinance targeted only city residents, meaning nonresidents in the city or even tourists were not banned from possessing or selling guns here. Warren's decision was not unexpected. In 1982, a California appeals...
Posted by Mitch on June 14, 2006 | Read Whole Post | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Gun Club Destroyed By "Vandals"

Got this simultaneously via email from some RKBA movement friends and from Joel Rosenberg's blog: A legal, taxpaying, fully-in-compliance-with-applicable-laws gun club in Faribault, MN was destroyed in a suspicious fire Friday night or Saturday morning:June 3, 2006 The Faribault Rifle...
Posted by Mitch on June 05, 2006 | Read Whole Post | Comments (24) | TrackBack

What If They Have a Pointed Stick?

In the UK, it's not only illegal for the law-abiding citizen to own a gun; the citizens's right to self-defense has not only been grossly circumscribed; bad as these are, it's at least theoretically possible that citizens could be kept...
Posted by Mitch on May 25, 2006 | Read Whole Post | Comments (54) | TrackBack

Freedom Wins: Dictatorship Loses: Chapter 38

John "Policy Guy" LaPlante notifies me that Kansas has become the 36th Shall-Issue state, with the legislature overriding a gubernatorial veto:Rep. Candy Ruff, D-Leavenworth, who promoted the bill in the House, said she immediately made three phone calls after the...
Posted by Mitch on March 27, 2006 | Read Whole Post | Comments (6) | TrackBack

Carry Permit Holder Saves Cop

From Louisiana, yet another case of a cop's life being saved by a n armed citizen. Scenario: Cop stops pulls over a motorist who breaks into a funeral procession. Motorist attacks cop. Armed, legally permitted citizen responds:Perry Stevens fired four...
Posted by Mitch on February 23, 2006 | Read Whole Post | Comments (6) | TrackBack

Stanley Williams: Picking And Choosing

Ed has more or less summed up what I think about capital punishment in re the Tookie Williams case. It's an issue on which I'm deeply ambivalent, of course, as I've said many times in this space; I'd gladly pull...
Posted by Mitch on December 13, 2005 | Read Whole Post | Comments (11) | TrackBack

Disarmed

Whenever one ponders life in the DFL-throttled Twin Cities, one must always shrug with scandinavian resignation; it could always be worse. San Francisco's city government is considering a proposal to ban guns in the city:San Francisco supervisors want voters to...
Posted by Mitch on November 14, 2005 | Read Whole Post | Comments (8) | TrackBack

I See Dumb People

There was a time when the mainstream media - like our hometown paper, the Star/Tribune - could plop any old crap on a page, and assume people would just buy it. They were the newspaper, after all! And some people...
Posted by Mitch on October 25, 2005 | Read Whole Post | Comments (5) | TrackBack

Você Pode Ter Meu Pistola Quando Você O ergue De Minha Mão Fria, Inoperante

Brazilians decisivelyl rejected a national gun ban supported by - natch - their nation's elites. Reading the piece, from an English-language Brazilian newspaper, it's interesting to see all the anti-gun assumptions that even their media uncritically accept as fact. Interesting,...
Posted by Mitch on October 25, 2005 | Read Whole Post | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Negligence

Question: How can you tell the Star/Tribune editorial board is lying about civilian gun ownership? Answer: Their presses are rolling. Monday's Strib editorial, as usual, carries water for Rebecca Thoman and Citizens for a Supine "Safer" Minnesota. Like most such...
Posted by Mitch on September 20, 2005 | Read Whole Post | Comments (8) | TrackBack

Birth Of A Second Amendment Activist

The looting in New Orleans is like something from "Day After Tomorrow" - it seems so sensational as to be unreal. Thieves commandeered a forklift and used it to push up the storm shutters and break the glass of a...
Posted by Mitch on September 01, 2005 | Read Whole Post | Comments (20) | TrackBack

The Next Battle?

While the Minnesota Personal Protection Act is law again, there are still challenges. Darth Lillehaug still lurks on the legal outskirts, plotting how to get his next lawsuit to a tame, DFL-owned judge. And there might be a more direct...
Posted by Mitch on August 29, 2005 | Read Whole Post | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Evidence of Frivolity

The Twin Cities' religious left is standing up for the right of the church to impose its will on the rest of the state of Minnesota....
Posted by Mitch on August 23, 2005 | Read Whole Post | Comments (6) | TrackBack

Let's See...

...if we can get Ms magazine behind this idea: Take Your Daughter to Shoot Day....
Posted by Mitch on August 16, 2005 | Read Whole Post | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Two Point Reversal?

Now, isn't this...:A man police described as a would-be robber died Tuesday night in St. Paul after he was shot with his own gun while struggling with his intended victim, authorities said....what the anti-gun crowd say is going to happen...
Posted by Mitch on August 11, 2005 | Read Whole Post | Comments (2) | TrackBack

It's Quiet. Too Quiet.

I and a number of other concealed-carry proponents have asked - where's Lillehaug? Joel Rosenberg has a potential answer....
Posted by Mitch on July 18, 2005 | Read Whole Post | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Sky Still Up There? Check.

Amid breathless, ill-informed predictions of carnage, news that the last year's sunset expiration for the federal "Assault Weapon" ban showed us the ban had less effect than even the state "shutdown": This wasn't supposed to happen. When the federal assault...
Posted by Mitch on July 05, 2005 | Read Whole Post | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Note to Kim Ode Redux

A friend of mine sent me an email with this quote that Kim Ode and her friends at Citizens for a Supine "Safer" Minnesota should know about:There's one child drowning per year for every 11,000 residential pools in the US....
Posted by Mitch on June 23, 2005 | Read Whole Post | Comments (1) | TrackBack

A Further Question for Kim Ode

My first piece on your editorial today focused on your side's attempt to have it both ways - to denigrate and insult the law-abiding gun owner, and yet to expect your probing questions about firearms not to be taken as...
Posted by Mitch on June 22, 2005 | Read Whole Post | Comments (0) | TrackBack

So Shall Kim Ode Reap

Nothing in the world can be worse than losing a child. Losing one, especially to a freak, preventable accident, has to be one of the worst gut-shots life can deal out, especially in an age when "child mortality" seems a...
Posted by Mitch on June 22, 2005 | Read Whole Post | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Asleep At The Switch

Joel Rosenberg tackled the same KARE11 "Investigation" that I did yesterday. The "investigation", he finds, is as full of holes as the "8" ring after a go-around with a large-bore pistol....
Posted by Mitch on June 15, 2005 | Read Whole Post | Comments (1) | TrackBack

The Fix Is In

It's not what you know. It's who you know. It's true in the worlds of business, politics, job-hunting. It's moreso in the world of the media. David Lillehaug has cultivated a very broad rolodex in his years in the public...
Posted by Mitch on June 14, 2005 | Read Whole Post | Comments (8) | TrackBack

Somehow Not Covered

The Strib gave near-saturation coverage to a story involving a carry permit holder killing a bouncer in Minneapolis (in a crime that had nothing to do with the permit itself - the shooter was driven home to sleep off his...
Posted by Mitch on June 13, 2005 | Read Whole Post | Comments (11) | TrackBack

Asymmetric Politics

Joel Rosenberg on the asymmetrical politics that led to the passage of the concealed carry reform law:let's look at the big picture: what we have going on here is multi-threaded activism, often coordinated at central points, but powered by the...
Posted by Mitch on June 06, 2005 | Read Whole Post | Comments (2) | TrackBack

This Is Not Scrappleface

It's not Iowahawk. It's not even a Kim Du Toit parody. Brit doctors want to ban long kitchen knives:A team from West Middlesex University Hospital said violent crime is on the increase - and kitchen knives are used in as...
Posted by Mitch on May 27, 2005 | Read Whole Post | Comments (10) | TrackBack

Unaccountably...

...this bit of news slipped past me. Governor Pawlenty signed the Minnesota Personal Protection Act into law on Tuesday. It went back into effect yesterday. Take that, Maoists! As soon as I get my tax refund, I'm in....
Posted by Mitch on May 26, 2005 | Read Whole Post | Comments (12) | TrackBack

Freedom Wins; Criminals Lose

The House passed the Minnesota Personal Protection Act yesterday. Oddly, even though the GOP has about a dozen fewer seats than they did it 2003, the MPPA lost only two votes from the last vote on the subject, passing 86-47....
Posted by Mitch on May 19, 2005 | Read Whole Post | Comments (20) | TrackBack

Desperate Measures

Someone - we don't know who - used the mass-email form on the Concealed Carry Reform Now website to send a threatening email to members of the Minnesota House of Representatives.On the eve of a crucial vote to reinstate a...
Posted by Mitch on May 17, 2005 | Read Whole Post | Comments (7) | TrackBack

Private Data

In today's Strib, Kevin Duschere reveals that Zachary Ourada, the Nye's shooter, was a permit holder:The homicide, Minneapolis' 18th of the year, has drawn special attention because Ourada is believed to be the first Minnesota gun permit holder charged with...
Posted by Mitch on May 17, 2005 | Read Whole Post | Comments (26) | TrackBack

Make Mine Colt

Among the Twin Cities media, I'd imagine about 10% of the reporters, producers and editors know any more about firearms than what you can see in a Tarantino movie. Mark Yost is an extreme exception; a (I'm told) former Marine,...
Posted by Mitch on May 17, 2005 | Read Whole Post | Comments (3) | TrackBack

It Had to Happen Someday

A permit holder shot the bouncer at Nye's. A Minneapolis man fatally shot restaurant doorman Billy Walsh four times in the back after the suspect had been tossed out and pestered Walsh to get back in, according to criminal charges...
Posted by Mitch on May 17, 2005 | Read Whole Post | Comments (13) | TrackBack

MPPA Passes - Redux

Joel Rosenberg was at the Senate today, and passed commentary out to his blog via phone. I couldn't read the posts as they happened - my employer blocks LiveJournal - but I've been catching up. A couple of points:Senator...
Posted by Mitch on May 13, 2005 | Read Whole Post | Comments (3) | TrackBack

MPPA PASSES!

Within the past half hour, the Minnesota Senate passed the Minnesota Personal Protection Act - again. The elected representatives of the people of Minnesota passed the bill by a 44-21 margin - seven votes more than in 2003, when...
Posted by Mitch on May 13, 2005 | Read Whole Post | Comments (11) | TrackBack

Today's The Day?

Today is very likely the day the Minnesota Personal Protection Act will be debated on the floor of the Senate. Keep your calls to your Senators going. As far as this session goes, today is likely for all the marbles....
Posted by Mitch on May 13, 2005 | Read Whole Post | Comments (7) | TrackBack

Condi: Fourteenth Amendment, Front And Center

Condi comes out swinging for the Second Amendment - and the contructionist view thereof - via the Fourteenth. Flashback: After the Civil War, the Ku Klux Klan roamed the old South, taking out its revenge on hapless freedmen who crossed...
Posted by Mitch on May 12, 2005 | Read Whole Post | Comments (34) | TrackBack

The Final Mile

Minnesota's concealed carry law - in a version that should pass even the most anal-retentive legal muster - should be coming to the floor of the State Senate any day now. Keep the phone calls and letters coming. There was...
Posted by Mitch on May 11, 2005 | Read Whole Post | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Where Things Stand

Joel Rosenberg remains the best place to get information about the goings-on in the Legislature re the voting on the Personal Protection act. And there's a lot of information to get, these days....
Posted by Mitch on May 05, 2005 | Read Whole Post | Comments (10) | TrackBack

Blanks

The concealed carry debate is proceeding; in fact, it may well make it to the floor yet this session, where it has votes to pass. Naturally, and suddenly, and not a little bit predictably, the media is all about alternatives....
Posted by Mitch on May 04, 2005 | Read Whole Post | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Call to Action

Friday and Saturday were the days for anger. Today is the day to turn that anger into something else. We had an illuminating talk with Joel Rosenberg, concealed carry activist, trainer and author, on the NARN show last Saturday. Truth...
Posted by Mitch on May 02, 2005 | Read Whole Post | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Star/Tribune Editorial Board: "2+2=5, Minnesota!"

Over the past year, the willingness of the Star-Tribune's editorial board to lie... ...no. That does not do the Strib justice. The sheer bald-faced eagerness they show in their facility at lying to the people to try to influence public...
Posted by Mitch on April 29, 2005 | Read Whole Post | Comments (12) | TrackBack

You Want Angry?

How can you tell when Dean Johnson is acting as a shill for the metrocrat DFLers? When his lips are moving. Of course, being that Johnson is the worst public speaker since Jerry Janezich, you don't want those lips to...
Posted by Mitch on April 28, 2005 | Read Whole Post | Comments (10) | TrackBack

Grow and Candy Don't Mix

Doug Grow is writing about guns. Hide your valuables....
Posted by Mitch on April 21, 2005 | Read Whole Post | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Concealed Carry Fixit Bill

There's a bill in the MN Senate, SF2221, which is intended to fix a few of the issues that have caused Concealed Carry reform's problems in court. MPPA supporters - you need to be reading Joel Rosenberg's LiveJournal daily, if...
Posted by Mitch on April 14, 2005 | Read Whole Post | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Start Digging Through The MN State Register

Our right to defend ourselves against lethal threats to our lives was handed a further, but probably temporary, setback today as the forces of racist, patriarchal authority won a victory in the Minnesota Court of Appeals. The Minnesota Personal Protection...
Posted by Mitch on April 12, 2005 | Read Whole Post | Comments (10) | TrackBack

Deadline

Today is the deadline for the court of appeals to rule on the Minnesota Personal Protection Act. Hopefully our ten-month return to the days of patriarchal, racist, condescending contempt for the right to self-defense will end today. Follow Joel Rosenberg's...
Posted by Mitch on April 12, 2005 | Read Whole Post | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Sanity Prevailing?

The Strib notes that Congress, in the wake of the Red Lake massacre, has broken precedent and failed to try to scapegoat the law-abiding gun owner.The day after the Red Lake shootings, the latest of three mass killings in Minnesota...
Posted by Mitch on April 10, 2005 | Read Whole Post | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Heavy Metal Birthday

On this date in 1911, the Colt M1911 .45 caliber automatic pistol became the standard sidearm for the US Army. The weapon originated in response to problems encountered by American units fighting Moro insurgents during the Philippine-American War in which...
Posted by Mitch on March 29, 2005 | Read Whole Post | Comments (5) | TrackBack

Another Victory for Gun Control

The security guard killed at Red Lake last week, Derrick Brun, apparently tried his best to delay Jeff Wiese. Brun, a former Red Lake police officer, was certainly qualified to carry a firearm. But he couldn't; federal law prohibits guns...
Posted by Mitch on March 24, 2005 | Read Whole Post | Comments (9) | TrackBack

How Can You Tell...

...when Nick Coleman is spreading BS about guns and gun control? Answer: His fingers are moving over the keyboard. It was sometime in the late eighties, I think, when Nick Coleman left the TV beat and, with much ballyhoo, took...
Posted by Mitch on March 18, 2005 | Read Whole Post | Comments (5) | TrackBack

Rebecca Thoman presents Ollie the Ostrich!

Ask Doug Grow what 2+2 equals. If he answers "Orange", you'll have solved the mystery behind today's column. A local gun shop is planning a kids gun safety class. You just know that's going to drive some paternalistic liberal over...
Posted by Mitch on February 24, 2005 | Read Whole Post | Comments (13) | TrackBack

But Not For The Peasants

Michael Moore's bodyguard was arrested for carrying a gun at JFK Airport.Filmmaker Michael Moore's (search) bodyguard was arrested for carrying an unlicensed weapon in New York's JFK airport Wednesday night. Police took Patrick Burke, who says Moore employs him, into...
Posted by Mitch on January 20, 2005 | Read Whole Post | Comments (5) | TrackBack

Democracy Denied: Day 168

Flash is right; as lousy as I feel, I'm following this story; a group of civil rights groups are appealing Judge John Finley's decision last summer that temporarily stayed the Minnesota Personal Protection Act, our "concealed carry" law that went...
Posted by Mitch on January 14, 2005 | Read Whole Post | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Definition of Insanity

Insanity has been defined as making the same mistake over and over, and expecting a different result each time. San Francisco is insane.The city that bucked state law and sanctioned gay marriage (search) is now taking aim at the constitutional...
Posted by Mitch on January 03, 2005 | Read Whole Post | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Rotting in Web Hell

Don't click on this link to the Repeal Conceal website, which formed in 2003 to try to re-disarm crime victims and make Minnesota a safer place for criminals. It's gone. And I'm still here. I feel very good now....
Posted by Mitch on December 12, 2004 | Read Whole Post | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Good Thing They Ban Guns, Huh?

A school massacre in China claims eight lives. The killer used a knife.A man armed with a knife killed eight people Friday at a high school in central China (search) and wounded four others, a government news agency reported. Police...
Posted by Mitch on November 26, 2004 | Read Whole Post | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Firepower Healing

Yesterday, I commented on a piece in Slateinvolving a liberal writer going to a rifle range. Yesterday's bit was mainly on the purpose the gun issue serves - as a bellwether on many other social issues, as they were and...
Posted by Mitch on November 23, 2004 | Read Whole Post | Comments (5) | TrackBack

Here We Go Again

The tragedy came from nowhere:At least five people were killed and three wounded in a multiple shooting in northwestern Wisconsin Sunday afternoon. After a confrontation over the use of a deer stand, a 36-year-old St. Paul man apparently chased some...
Posted by Mitch on November 22, 2004 | Read Whole Post | Comments (10) | TrackBack

Attitude Check

Slate has a regular "column" (the word feels a bit dated in the online world) called the Human Guinea Pig; the correspondent does things that the readers don't, won't or can't try themselves. This week's episode: The Pig shoots a...
Posted by Mitch on November 22, 2004 | Read Whole Post | Comments (0) | TrackBack

One of those "Foreign Leaders" is Storing It For Him

Via the Professor, this interview on Second Amendment-y stuff with John Kerry. OL: Are you a gun owner? If so, what is your favorite gun? Kerry: My favorite gun is the M-16 that saved my life and that of my...
Posted by Mitch on September 21, 2004 | Read Whole Post | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Channeling Wellstone

If the Democrats have learned anything in the last ten years, it's that gun-control is a completele non-starter. John Kerry is trying to channel Paul Wellstone, relentlessly repating strawmen to draw attention away from his cynicism on the issue....
Posted by Mitch on September 21, 2004 | Read Whole Post | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Sunset

The National Bad Columnist Warning Center has issued a Nick Coleman warning. The warning indicates that conditions are favorable for a self-righteous, alarmist, yet ill-informed burst of hot wind from Strib columnist Nick Coleman. Yes - the Feinstein assault weapon...
Posted by Mitch on September 13, 2004 | Read Whole Post | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Democracy Denied: Day Three

As is often the case, Joel Rosenberg has the essential take on Judge Finley's idiotic ruling on Tuesday regarding Minnesota's Shall Issue law....
Posted by Mitch on July 15, 2004 | Read Whole Post | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Democracy Put On Hold; Criminals Safer

If there was a judge in the country that could be counted on to say "Off what?" when the ultra-liberal Twin Cities establishment yells "Jump", it's Ramsey County judge John Finley. Today, citing an extremely dubious interpretation of Minnesota law...
Posted by Mitch on July 13, 2004 | Read Whole Post | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Coverage

Shawn at "American Mind" has a fascinating story about the media's treatment of a "pack, not a herd" story from northern Minnesota....
Posted by Mitch on June 24, 2004 | Read Whole Post | Comments (2)

Self-Defense

Joel Rosenberg's LiveJournal site has the best coverage of the ongoing story - or non-story - of the Minnesota Personal Protection Act, our celebrated concealed carry reform law. The law turned a year old in April. I occasionally get an...
Posted by Mitch on June 03, 2004 | Read Whole Post | Comments (2)

Guns Didn't Cure Cancer Yet

The Strib saw fit to publish this letter, by Ron Carlson of St. Croix Beach, to the editor the other day:The first anniversary of Minnesota's "concealed carry" gun law has come and gone, and the sky has neither fallen nor...
Posted by Mitch on May 19, 2004 | Read Whole Post | Comments (0)

Pound Wise, Penny Foolish

Before John Kerry made counting political waffles a national pastime, we had Tim Penny. Penny, of course, was one of the original "Moderate DFLers" in Minnesota - one of the thin film of DFLers who journeyed toward the political center...
Posted by Mitch on May 10, 2004 | Read Whole Post | Comments (0)

Idiots and Spin

Idiots and Spin - First, the idiots. Former "Republican" governor Arne Carlson is leading an effort along with former Vice President Walter Mondale to try to repeal the Minnesota Personal Protection Act. For starters, the Strib published a logically-incontinent piece...
Posted by Mitch on March 02, 2004 | Read Whole Post | Comments (0)

Can Minnesota Be Far Behind?

Can Minnesota Be Far Behind? - The New Mexico house just passed a law requiring a breathalizer interlock on car ignitions. It would require the devices on new vehicles by 2008 and on used vehicles offered for sale by 2009....
Posted by Mitch on February 20, 2004 | Read Whole Post | Comments (0)

About Time

About Time - Twin Cities writer and activist Joel Rosenberg finally took the plunge and has a blog. Actually, it looks like it's been around for a while, but I'm finally aware of it. Like much of Rosenberg's writing, it's...
Posted by Mitch on February 10, 2004 | Read Whole Post | Comments (0)

I See How This Works

The cover photo in Tuesday's morning Strib showed a half-dozen or so representatives from A Million Pink Moms for Supine "Safer" Citizen Codes, protesting at the opening of the legislative session against the Minnesota Personal Protection Act. One of their...
Posted by Mitch on February 05, 2004 | Read Whole Post | Comments (0)

Buck Up, Bucky Badger

The Wisconsin Legislature's attempt to override Governor Doyle's veto of a concealed carry reform law failed yesterday. By one vote. DC from Brainstorming - Shot in the Dark's favorite cheeseblogger - says:I'm annoyed with people who disregard facts.....No......misrepresent facts......because...
Posted by Mitch on February 04, 2004 | Read Whole Post | Comments (0)

Concealed Carry in Wisconsin

A vote to try to override Wisconsin governor Doyle's veto of the state's proposed concealed carry bill is scheduled for a vote in their legislature today, according to DC of Brainstorming: "[Thirty]-Six states have already passed concealed carry. We need...
Posted by Mitch on February 03, 2004 | Read Whole Post | Comments (0)

The Nightmare Continues

So the guy that was the target of the bullet that killed Tyesha Edwards last year was, himself, shot.: "More than a year after 11-year-old Tyesha Edwards was killed by a stray bullet while doing homework in her dining room,...
Posted by Mitch on January 30, 2004 | Read Whole Post | Comments (0)

Credit Where Credit Is Due

Reader Shawn Sarazin sends this piece from the Chicago Sun Times Last month, Hale DeMar of Wilmette, Illinois shot a burglar in his house. The media reported that the gun was unregistered - as the Sun-Times report says, And, in...
Posted by Mitch on January 23, 2004 | Read Whole Post | Comments (0)

Slumming It

The other day, I posted a link to Alfred Fingulin's "Gunshow Trash", as well as his "What Is Gunshow Trash" essay. Almost as enlightening, surely, is reading what we're not - through the eyes of someone who used to think...
Posted by Mitch on January 20, 2004 | Read Whole Post | Comments (0)

Reading Material

Twin Cities writer, firearms instructor and Second Amendment activist Joel Rosenberg is one of those people that should be blogging. From his website comes this piece, about the biggest "gun control" issue to face the legislature this year - the...
Posted by Mitch on January 19, 2004 | Read Whole Post | Comments (0)

Politics Via Gavel

A Minnesota Appeals court handed a victory of sorts to a church in posh Edina that wants to flout Minnesota's concealed carry law and ban legally-permitted guns in the church parking lot. What kind of a victory? Alfred Fingulin -...
Posted by Mitch on January 15, 2004 | Read Whole Post | Comments (0)

Infantilization Alert, Part MXVII

The Brady Factory Campaign is out with its annual report card on state firearms laws. Minnesota gets a "C-". I was hoping we'd do "worse":This year, ten states received “Sensible Safety Star” awards for taking responsible steps to make children...
Posted by Mitch on January 13, 2004 | Read Whole Post | Comments (0)

36!

36! - Ohio's governor Taft signs a shall-issue bill.Lawmakers passed a bill Wednesday to allow Ohioans to carry concealed guns, and Gov. Bob Taft said he will sign it. Those who apply for the permits would have to pay a...
Posted by Mitch on January 13, 2004 | Read Whole Post | Comments (0)

Hot Off The Press

The RepealConceal website - dedicated to the re-disarming of potential crime victims in Minnesota - has had not been updated since July. Yeah, that issue's got legs for the DFL. Citizens for a Supine "Safer" Minnesota has updated its page,...
Posted by Mitch on January 08, 2004 | Read Whole Post | Comments (0)

Ill-Informed

I can make fun of ill-informed people all day long, when the subject is the Second Amendment. Last April, I stood outside the Minnesota Senate and engaged a member of "Code Pink" - an irritating "Peace" and "Disarmament" group whose...
Posted by Mitch on October 01, 2003 | Read Whole Post | Comments (0)

Keep 'em Barefoot, Pregnant, and Helpless

The BBC wrote an incredibly stupid article about women and guns a little while ago, that's been on my mental "to do" list for this blog for a while. Brian Carnell beat me to the job of fisking it....
Posted by Mitch on August 27, 2003 | Read Whole Post | Comments (0)

Desperation?

As the Legislature reconvenes, the sides are mapping out their positions in the Concealed Carry debate. While Concealed Carry Reform Now of Minnesota prepares to take advantage of the new Republican gains, the measure's newly-renamed opponents are staging their...
Posted by Mitch on January 08, 2003 | Read Whole Post | Comments (0)

National Ammo Day

Powerline reminds me that today is National Ammo Day. Celebrate the Second Amendment by buying an extra 100 rounds of ammunition on November 19th. Great for hunting, self-defense, target practice and annoying the anti-gun lobbyists.A box of 8mm Mauser and...
Posted by Mitch on November 19, 2002 | Read Whole Post | Comments (0)

You Can Fool All of the People Some of the Time

This is the year Minnesota will most likely get a shall-issue concealed-carry law. We came so close in 2001, couldn't fight off a poison-pill amendment in '02 amid the budget fiasco... ...but this year we have a majority in...
Posted by Mitch on November 19, 2002 | Read Whole Post | Comments (0)

Reload

Concealed Carry Reform Now says the proposed Personal Protection Act has been rewritten, already - and, contrary to some opinions in the press, will be bringing the bill back to the floor, despite the knock from the MCPA. Also -...
Posted by Mitch on February 08, 2002 | Read Whole Post | Comments (0)

Police Chiefs, Part II

The media are portraying yesterday's rejection of the Personal Protection Act by the Minnesota Police Chiefs Association as a setback. And I suppose it is, thinking purely in the short term. But think about this: 1) The MCPA has...
Posted by Mitch on February 07, 2002 | Read Whole Post | Comments (0)

Speaking of which...

Channel 9's morning show (Mmmm - Alex Kendall!) is running a poll on what Minnesotans feel about Concealed Carry laws. Go to the site, it'll ping you for a vote. As of about three minutes ago, it was running 3-1...
Posted by Mitch on February 07, 2002 | Read Whole Post | Comments (0)

Bad Chief, No Donut

Today's article in the Strib says that the proposed concealed-carry liberalization bill suffered a big blow when the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association reneged on four months worth of negotiations and went back to opposing the bill. But the MCPA...
Posted by Mitch on February 07, 2002 | Read Whole Post | Comments (0)

A Real Shot in the Dark

In Minnesota, the land of 10,000 Grassroots Groups, there may be no pluckier band of underdogs than Concealed Carry Reform Now. Yet in the 2001 session, MN-CCRN got their bill passed in the Minnesota House of Representatives, and came within...
Posted by Mitch on February 05, 2002 | Read Whole Post | Comments (0)