Representative Shannon Savick is a first-term Democrat from House District 27, the Albert Lea area, south of the Metro. She’s a member of the Democrat Farmer Labor party. She’s blessed with a fairly well-off rural community for whom the consequences of DFL control aren’t yet life-or-death, and the presence of the Albert Lea Tribune, a newspaper that gives the City Pages and Star Tribune a run for their big-city money as mouthpieces for the DFL. The paper has, of course, endorsed Savick.
Everything seems hunky-dory for Ms. Savick, who is running for a second term.
Everything but one; an especially noxious vote against Minnesotans’ human rights and civil liberties during her freshman session in 2013. It was a bill by Rep. Paymar that would have:
- Banned “Ugly Guns”: The bill would have banned firearms with scary military-looking cosmetic features
- Banned Large-Capacity Magazines: Paymar wanted to force law-abiding homeowners and citizens to be forced to reload 2-3 times as often if they are beset by determined, dissociative or chemically motivated attackers.
- Private Transfers: While even some Second Amendment people think this – requiring all purchases to go through a federally-licensed firearms dealer (FFL), to close the non-existant “gun show loophole” – doesn’t sound too noxious on the surface, its byproduct -a paper trail for all guns – makes the next step, universal registration, trivially easy.
Savick was one of four outstate DFLers – including John Ward, Erik Simonson and Paul Rosenthal – who voted for this atrocity of a bill.
At the risk of sounding crass, I’ll tell the truth; the bill was an attempt to kick in the teeth of every law-abiding gun owner in Minnesota.
Even worse? During the public hearings on these bills – where pro-Human-Rights activists outnumbered Victim Disarmament activists by close to 30-1 – Savick joined her Metrocrat colleagues in walking out of the hearings when it came time for opponents to testify against the bills.
Despite this deeply misguided vote, and deeply stupid bit of theatrics, the conventional wisdom had Savick as a pretty sure bet for re-election.
The calculus must have changed. Savick is pulling an Ann Wynia – protesting her history with firearms:
I remember when my dad gave me my first gun when I was 16. It was a Marlin .22 bolt-action rifle. I have many fond memories of carrying that gun as I went hunting with my cousins. Over the next 30 years or so, I acquired another five guns, some for shooting and some for collecting.
I share this because I have recently been asked about how I feel about guns. People are concerned that I might be a gun-hating politician who wants to take away their guns.
Nothing could be further from the truth. I own and shoot guns. I have a permit to carry. A few months ago I hosted a permit to carry class in my basement so others could get their permit. And actually, I am a pretty good shot.
Just thought I should set the record straight.
If you have questions about this, please don’t hesitate to call me.
Oh, I’ll call.
Because owning guns is easy (thanks to us Second Amendment activists, anyway). Mark Dayton says he owns guns. Carl Rowan owned guns. A rabidly anti-gun Missouri state Senator was arrested with a gun in Ferguson a few weeks back.
But the Second Amendment isn’t about hunting.
Representative Savick: Can you name a single vote you took in the past two years that supported the rights of the law-abiding Minnesotan to keep and bear arms for self-defense?
Can you find some action on your part to atone for your votes for Paymar’s agenda?
Have your people call my people. But just in case my people are calling your people anyway.
Savick’s opponent, Peggy Bennett, is having a forum at the Hayfield American Legion tonight at 7PM.