SCENE: At the Minnesota State Capitol. Mitch BERG, laptop in hand, is walking between the House and Senate chambers when he encounters Dorbert AARONSON, chairman of the group “Gun Owners of Minnesota”, a non-profit incorporated in Des Moines, Iowa.
AARONSON: Excuse me – do you know the way to the Minnesota state capitol?
BERG: Er – you’re in it.
AARONSON: Ah. Sorry. I just got into Des Moines,
BERG: Saint Paul.
AARONSON: Right. Saint Paul. I”m here for a hearing on a gun rights bill.
BERG: Ah. So am I. The Constitutional Carry bill.
AARONSON: Yeah. We’re supporting the bill that we drew up. It requires immediate dropping of all firearms regulations.
BERG: Wow. Who’s carrying it?
AARONSON: Nobody has the balls to carry this bill!
BERG: Wow. So how’s it ever going to pass?
AARONSON: It’s not supposed to pass. It’s supposed to educate the voters.
BERG: Educate them…that the way to change policy and win freedom is to demand things that are politically impossible?
AARONSON: You have to have the courage to demand the impossible, and nothing less! It’s called the Politics of Confrontation, and we are masters of it!
BERG: Masters of…what? What bills are you behind the passage of?
AARONSON: We passed “Shall Issue” carry permitting in 2003…
BERG: No, you didn’t. That was GOCRA!
AARONSON: We passed the Capitol Carry, Silencers, the prohibition against confiscating guns after natural disasters…
BERG: All of those were the result of GOCRA, MNGOPAC and the MNGOC. Your group had nothing to do with any of those!
AARONSON: We educated voters to demand nothing less than everything!
BERG: But by demanding things that can not ever pass, you open the door for our rights to be further
AARONSON: Anything less than everything is nothing, and anyone who settles for anything less than everything is a complete sell-out!
BERG: You mean the legislators bringing the bills today…?
AARONSON: Sellouts! Cowards! Worthless collaborationists!
BERG: So in other words, you and your group are focused exclusively on things that can only be reached incrementally – and you reject incrementalism. Which means the goals can never be reached.
AARONSON: Only by people who are worthy!
BERG: Huh. But if it can never be reached, and you keep fundraising forever on the issue…
AARONSON: Pretty sweet deal, huh?
BERG: Huh. Yes. Yes it is.
AARONSON: See this watch? It’s a Rolex, wrapped around another Rolex.
BERG: Pretty cool.
(NOTE: Any similarities between the fictional character above and the Iowa-based “Minnesota Gun Rights” are purely coincidental, and probably unintentional. Honest).