Earlier this morning at the House Public Safety Committee hearings on the “Stand your Ground” billl, a “pro-bill” testifier erupted in a caracature of a pro-Trump, white supremacist tirade; at one point, he reportedly said it was time for gun owners to return to “lynching” people.
Then he got up and walked out.
He’s utterly unknown to Minnesota’s close-knit 2nd Amendment activist community.
The moment I saw the photo (a screen grab from video), that voice in my head that monitors stereotypes screamed “Carlton graduate and non-profiteer paid to be a false-flagger”.
Sometimes you can judge a book by its cover.
“He” registered for the event as “Ross Koon”
And, sure enough, searching for “Russ Koon” leads you to a Facebook profile.
And here’s his publicly-visible post:
So he misrepresented himself about being a pro-gunner, and his “testimony” was a “satirical” sham designed to defame people he pretty much hates.
That’s pretty much the whole story, right?
Of course not. Anti-gun ghoul Joan Peterson tweeted instantly:
Coincidence that the doyenne of Minnesota criminal-safety is right there ready to go with a tweet in support of this bit of “satire?”
But that’s just a clenched old liberal exercising her penchant for overheated hypberbole – right?
Of course not. Mr. Koons’ pro-criminal-safety pedigree goes back a ways. Turns out Mr. Koon’s mother is one Mary Koon. And Mary Koon is a pastor at ultra-liberal Oak Grove Presbyterian Church, and publicly lists as her “likes”…
…Moms Want Action.
(“But” you might say, “that doesn’t make her a member!”. Perhaps. On the other hand, it’s pretty much all you need to do to be counted as a member, so we’ll run with it).
So let’s sum it up:
- The scion of one of Minnesota’s white, privileged “elite” liberal families lied about his personal beliefs, in order to…
- Slander gun owners in front of the legislature, and did it…
- …with the obvious, full knowledge of Minnesota’s anti-gun/pro-criminal-safety “elite”.
This was just the most egregious episode in a hearing where the anti-gunners essentially beclowned themselves, treating the hearings like a private flash mob.
Keep up the good work, Reverend Bence!
(Thanks to the crew from MNGOC for all the research on this post)
UPDATE: From a witness:
He didn’t immediately leave the building. I watched him get hugs and attaboys from several of the anti-gunners present, including the lady in charge of handing out red Everytown shirts.