After my go-around earlier this week with Heather Martens – where she seemed to challenge the Twin Cities media to hold the Gun Rights movement’s factual feet in the fire – and my attempt to send a letter to the Strib accepting that challenge, I figured it’d be fair to try to actually have that “conversation about guns” with Ms. Martens.
Y’know – to let her win that cataclysmic victory of fact over superstition that she seems to think the media will conjure up when questioning the Second Amendment movement.
So I called “Protect MN’s” phone number – and got through to Heather Martens. For the first time.
And I invited her to appear on the Northern Alliance with me on Saturday. Or next Saturday. Or any Saturday – live in studio, or via phone. Or if Saturdays don’t work, we could record an interview in studio or via phone any time, 24/7, at her convenience. Or, for that matter, I could come out to wherever she wanted to meet and tape an interview.
She said she’d get back to me.
Which, to be fair, she did, in about 15 minutes, via email, saying she’d be happy to do the show…
…for a $1,500 fee.
Of course, we don’t pay for interviews. Nobody does. Presumably Martens knows that asking a fee for an interview is a polite-yet-condescending way to say “F**k you” to an interview request – as well, in Martens case, as an admission that she doesn’t pack the gear to a point anywhere but an echo chamber where the media is painting her toenails.
The truth remains:
- I invite any significant Twin Cities gun control activist to appear on my program, at a time of their choice.
- I challenge any Minnesota gun control activist, “gun safety” leader or lobbyist, or anti-gun politician to a public debate, on neutral turf, with an audience, with mutuall-agreed rules. I keep challenging them; their continued avoidance simply means none of them is up to defending the indefensible.
- Heather Martens has never, not once, said or written a single, substantial, factual thing about the gun issue.
This isn’t over.