Twenty-odd years ago, when I first got involved in Second Amendment politics, the DFL controlled both chambers of the Legislature and the Governor’s office as well.
And so there was a constant tug of war every time a putative gun control measure came up. Real Americans from greater Minnesota would pack hearings at the Capitol to oppose the bills. So the DFL would jockey the hearing times, dates and places around to try to shake off as many outstate voters as possible.
It worked, to an extent; the Real Americans would only outnumber the orcs 600:20 instead of 1200:20.
In the days before there was an internet, that took some doing.
There are more hearings planned for 10AM and 6PM today. For the latest information, go here.
Democracy. To the 2nd Amendment movement – it’s about showing up and being counted. To the DFL, it’s about keeping the wrong people from showing up.