Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Heather Martins talking. Lying. Same thing.
“There is no history of someone like that being a meaningful deterrent or being able to stop an attack,” she said. Seriously?
Someone should inform Abby Simons, the Star Tribune journalist who wrote the article, of some facts about permitted carry holders stopping crime, just for the variety of citing actual truth for a change.
It strikes me: Rep. Paymar says the presence of armed citizens in the legislative chamber intimidates legislators. Pistols carried openly are intimidating. Really? All of them? How about when cops testify while in uniform, openly carrying their firearms, is that intimidating? If so, then you should disarm everybody in the hearing room, which you’re not going to do because there’d be nobody to provide protection.
If openly carried pistols don’t intimidate you on a policeman’s belt, why not? Cops shoot far more innocent people every year than permitted carry holders. Why are pistols carried openly on cops’ belts not intimidating? Because you trust cops implicitly but not citizens? Why is that . . . and what does it say about your attitude toward the people you’re supposed to be representing?
If intellectual honesty and logical consistency were gasoline, Heather Martens couldn’t drive around the inside of a Cheerio.