The liberal mind is a stunning thing to behold. It’s like a Russian contortionist in its attempts at logic. For example, Larry Oakes wrote an article for the Minnesota Star about the number Minnesotans who own permites to carry a concealed firearm.
You don’t have to go past the sub-headline to see how big a failure this article will be:
One in 40 Minnesota adults now has a permit to carry a handgun, and there’s no consensus on whether we’re safer.
Oh really? Minnesota started issuing permits in 2003.
It would seem that after six years of handing out permits, nearly 60,000 of them, you would have seen a stark rise in shootings if the liberal talking points were in any way factual. The reality is something quite different.
It seems that people who jump through the hoops to get a permit, aka “law abiding citizens,” are generally not the ones out shooting up the neighborhood.
Four paragraphs into the article, we see the first logical leg go behind Oakes’ head:
It’s become another thing Pat Cannon makes sure he has on him each morning before heading out the door of his south Minneapolis bungalow.
Wallet? Check. Keys? Check. Handgun?
“Actually, the gun usually goes on with the pants,” said Cannon, who tucks his loaded Ruger .357 Magnum revolver into a holster he conceals inside his waistband. He positions it far enough forward on his right hip so that he can drive comfortably, but far enough back so that the grip doesn’t poke out and alarm someone at work or in the grocery store.
He’s not a vigilante. He’s not a nut. He’s just another average Minnesotan who has acquired the power to kill.
You know who else has the power to kill?
and this guy:
Even this guy:
And that last guy has actually contracted wet work out!
There are so many different ways to kill people that getting a permit to carry a concealed weapon does not equal acquiring the power to kill. If you have a 10 pound jar of pickles, you have the power to kill.
In fact, if you have two hands, you have the power to kill.
What a permit to carry a concealed weapon gives you is the power to defend against someone with a 10 pound jar of pickles. Or a banana.
This gives you a good idea about where a liberal’s mind is. They trust government, not the people, despite the fact that government is nothing but…wait for it…people.
Somehow getting elected, as a Democrat anyway, makes you worthy of “the power to kill.”
And while we’re focused on men, let’s remember, women carry too, and for very good reasons:
Though only 13 percent of the state’s permit holders are women, Rothman said that proportion has increased.
One, a 40-year-old professional from the Twin Cities, asked that her name be withheld for the same reason she started carrying: A man with a violent history is stalking her.
She got a restraining order, but even the judge who signed it told her it wouldn’t necessarily protect her. So both she and her husband got permits and carry.
“I don’t want to ever have to use it, and I would rather not have the responsibility,” she said.
The gun is the great equalizer.
Minnesota’s shall-issue law was some of the most hotly debated legislation of its era, with supporters promising it would deter crime and detractors predicting a surge in needless bloodshed. Neither prediction has come to pass.
The law “has not been a net benefit to our society in any way,” said Heather Martens, executive director of Protect Minnesota — Working to End Gun Violence. “They promised that if lots of people had guns everybody would be safe. Here just [recently] we had a 5-year-old child killed while sleeping on a couch. I think we were sold a bill of goods.”
I doubt proponents of concealed carry permits said “everyone would be safe.” This, as you know, is a:
It’s a common tactic of the left. While it’s doubtful any supporter of concealed carry made such a universal claim, anti-permit activists have claimed over and over again that issuing permits will result in wild west style shoot-out.
That never happens.
If anyone has been “sold a bill of goods,” it’s the willing automatons who ceaselessly nod along with liberal blather regarding gun ownership.
The clear fact is, gun ownership is up in Minnesota, while crime is down. Old west shoot-outs have not occurred.
It reminds me of something Charlton Heston said:
Exactly. How liberals fail to understand that simple idea escapes me.