As we noted last week, “Stand your Ground” and ‘Constitutional Carry” bills have been introduced in the Legislature.
And they have a shot, potentially – there are enough red-district DFLers with legitimate fears of being retired in 2022 to maybe soften the DFL’s stance, and Governor Klink might need to weigh his fealty to the Progressives against gun control’s dismal record outside 494 and 694. A veto will be held against him, and every outstate DFLer, in 2022. Smart DFLers (like Bakk and Tomassoni) remember 2002, when every single outstate DFLer who opposed “Shall Issue” was defeated in the ’02 mid-terms.
Remember – it took seven years to get Shall Issue reform passed, culminating in the ’02 pro-gun election sweep.
Gun rights are a long game.
This, against a backdrop of 40% of gun buyers in 2020 being new purchasers, and 40% of them being women and, at least anecdotally, a substantial number of them being formerly ambivalent about firearms.
The left gets this. And so we get articles like this in the Strib – all but portraying Constitutional Carry as a tool of the Klan.
My suspicion? Big Left realizes they are losing the gun battle, and has to gaslight the minority who still opposes them into becoming more die-hard, to avoid losing more ground outside the Blue coasts and Chicago.