The MNDFL, as part of their languid dawdling in social issues this past session, introduced two deeply controversial sets of bills.
One was the raft of gun grab legislation that came out at the top of the session – everything from magazine restrictions and confiscations to background checks. As we chronicled in this space, the bills spawned an epic turnout of opponents, and the re-mobilization of the Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance. Notwithstanding this, and overwhelming disapproval in public feedback, the DFL kept on pressing to try to squeedge one form of stupid, crime-non-affecting gun grab or another through the legislature, until the effort finally petered out (with a bill that expanded the state’s data reporting, which the NRA and GOCRA favored all along, and which may actually have a useful effect on crime, and which the local leftymedia is treating as a non-event, since they wanted confiscations, dammit).
Another? The daycare/Personal Care Assistant (PCA) union jamdown. Even though opposition among the public and especially among the subjects of the forced unionization opposed the bill by cataclysmic margins, the DFL jammed the bills through, and the jamdown looks likely to become law – raising daycare costs and crimping availability in a market that’s already among the tightest and most expensive in the country.
Both of the bills were deeply stupid. Both encountered massive public resistance.
One ended in a humiliating defeat for the Metro DFL. The other was an embarassment, but looks likely, barring a miracle, to become law.
What’s the difference?
No major DFL donors are going to be getting millions and millions of dollars from gun grabs.