As we noted this morning, most of the DFL representatives on the Public Safety Finance committee spent a good chunk of the time during yesterday’s hearings not listening to testimony about the gun grab bills their caucus was
copying and pasting from Andrew Cuomo introducing, and letting a registered lobbyist sit in for one of them.
And then there was this; a Second Amendment activist (writing on Facebook) noted that he approached Duluth DFLer Erik Simonson – who introduced a dumb gun control bill of his own, of which more later – about a bill to “ban body armor” – based on the canard that mass-murderers just love to use body armor. The bill is written so broadly that it’d include – and require a $100 fee and a background check – protective gear for motorcyclists, paintball players, snowmobilers and, near as I can tell from reading the bill, Highland drummers (whose drumheads are made of Kevlar these days).
The activist went to Simonson (I’ll add emphasis):
I approached Rep Simonson after the hearing in a very polite manner and introduced myself. I told him that some snowmobile and motorcycle jackets not only contain Kevlar but state it right on them. Helmets are made of Kevlar and I believe but am not sure paintball jackets could have Kevlar in them. The Rep said “I am not going down that road. I am not going to have a bunch of exemptions carved out”. I replied “So you want me to have to pay a $100 dollar fee to register my snowmobile jacket? Very curtly he said “I am not going down that road” and turned away…
In other words, “Don’t bother me with the details, peasant!”.
So many questions. Did Representative Simonson even know what was in “his” bill? Because all of the DFL’s raft of gun grab bills read like they were cribbed from someone else. Andrew Cuomo, maybe?
And all of you snowmobilers, Highland drummers, paintballers, and industrial protective equipment users? You need to contact Rep. Simonson. His number is 651-296-4246; call him (email doesn’t have enough impact these days).
Especially all of you snowmobilers, motorcyclists and industrial protective equipment users in Duluth. To say nothing of Second Amendment supporters.