To: President Obama
From: Mitch Berg, Cranky Peasant
Re: Your visit.
Your visit to the Twin Cities yesterday, the media assures us, was not just because it was yet another city that is utterly safe territory for you. It’s because, supposedly, Minneapolis is a leader in “curbing gun violence”.
Let’s put it on the table.
While Minneapolis has the highest violent crime rate in Minnesota, its crime rates have been dropping over the years not because of anything the Minneapolis DFL establishment has done – they have been utterly useless, in fact – but because Minnesota is, despite being a purple-addled state, a very gun-friendly place. State law prohibits cities from having different gun laws from the rest of the state – and the rest of the state is as solidly pro-Second-Amendment as anyplace west of the Mississippi. We have good, solid carry permit law; law-abiding Minnesotans aren’t harried by excessive stupid laws…
…like people in your native, crime-ridden Chicago are, and like you want the rest of us to be.
Minneapolis, along with Saint Paul, are the parts of this state that most aggressively hassle gun law-abiding gun owners. Left to their own devices, both would happily turn into little Chicagos (in more ways than just guns). And they are the parts with the most crime.
That, as they say, is all.
(PS – Well, OK – not “all”. Henco Sheriff Stanek actually has the right idea:
As a strong supporter of the 2nd amendment, Sheriff Stanek talked about how the problem is one of access.
“Gun ownership isn’t a privilege, it’s a right guaranteed by the Constitution,” said Sheriff Stanek. “We have an access problem; people already prohibited by law from owning or buying a gun should never have access to firearms. We shouldn’t impose on the rights of law abiding citizens to try to solve this problem. Gun control alone will not solve the complex problem of guns and extreme violence.”
Indeed, as Chicago shows us, it’ll only make it worse).