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Ron Schara, other outdoors types rip federal gun proposals

Ron Schara and other local outdoorsmen have signed on to a letter to Sens. Klobuchar and Franken objecting to new restrictions on “modern sport rifles” and high-capacity magazines. Dave Orrick of the PiPress posts their letter with no other comment. In it, Schara and the rest say:

We also believe that a number of the measures currently being proposed, such as bans on modern sporting rifles (MSRs) with certain cosmetic characteristics, or magazines exceeding arbitrary capacity thresholds, will do little more than distract us from addressing the real issues. Further, these measures will also impede our hunting and shooting heritage and the many benefits they deliver to our state’s economy and wildlife. Recent data shows that among current MSR owners, more than 80 percent have purchased an MSR since 2008, with 45 percent of all purchases occurring at a local independent dealer or retail outlet. Among MSR owners, 73 percent of them purchased accessories, 45 percent spent at least $400 on after-market customization and 67 percent used domestically-produced factory ammunition, with the average number of rounds fired annually exceeding 1,000 — a boon for federal conservation funding via the Pittman-Robertson Act.

I like the part about how machine guns (essentially) are a boon to wildlife.

What if the new owners paint it a weird salmon-like color? Jim Buchta of the Strib says: “The iconic IDS Center in downtown Minneapolis is close to finding a buyer. Sources say that IDS owner, Inland American Real Trust of Oakbrook, Ill., is expected to sign a purchase agreement to sell the office tower to Beacon Investment Properties. ... Late last year, Inland began marketing the tower and was apparently in negotiations with Winnipeg-based Artis Real Estate Investment Trust. But Artis announced in early December that it was not pursuing a purchase. ... Inland bought the building in 2006 for $278 million, but local real estate experts expect the 40-year-old property to fetch less than that.” I mean have you seen that wallpaper?!

It couldn’t get much weaker … Peter Passi of the Duluth News Tribune says: “Duluth Mayor Don Ness came out strongly in support of increased state economic development funding Wednesday. He joined Katie Clark Sieben, commissioner of Minnesota’s Department of Employment and Economic Development, to make the case for Gov. Mark Dayton’s request that the state provide $30 million in support of the Minnesota Investment Fund. That fund ran dry more than six months ago, and the program received its last appropriation — $3 million — a couple of years ago. … AAR Aircraft Services recently received $1 million in assistance from the Minnesota Investment Fund to begin servicing jet airplanes at the former Northwest Airlines maintenance base in Duluth.”

Think about taking one of these things in the chops at 30 knots … Bill Hudson of WCCO-TV files a report on the Asian flying carp’s northernmost advance: “At this point, Asian carp are showing no indications of stopping their upriver migration. This is the second silver carp caught in the same location within the past year. A much larger relative, the bighead carp, has been discovered as far north as the St. Croix River. ‘There’s definitely a few here, no doubt about that,’ [commercial fisherman Tim] Adams said. ‘We’ve caught 'em and seem to be catching them with more frequency now.’ Adams caught the first Asian carp in Minnesota back in 2003. What he netted this week is still more evidence of a growing threat to both our fishing and boating fun. ‘Imagine a guy on a jet ski having a 20-pounder coming at you,’ Adams said.”

If this keeps up much longer, your kid might have a decent shot at first chair. The Strib’s Kristin Tillotson says: “Kyu-Young Kim, principal second violinist for the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, has won a position with the New York Philharmonic after auditioning Feb. 16. The SPCO musicians have been locked out since Oct. 21. Kim's wife, Pitnarry Shin, is a cellist with the Minnesota Orchestra, which has been locked out since Oct. 2 .They moved to the Twin Cities in the fall of 2011.”

It’s a cage match, Rep. Phyllis Kahn v. Dennis Anderson. Replying to the Strib’s outdoors guy, Ms. Kahn writes: “Dennis Anderson is an excellent writer, but his Feb. 15 column ‘Council’s advice needs to be heeded,’ about the expenditure of constitutionally dedicated outdoor heritage funds, reflects a lack of understanding of both the amendment and the legislative process. … Anderson also says the Legacy Amendment was enacted to ‘bypass the Legislature.’ That is also wrong. The amendment was done to bypass Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who refused to increase taxes for anything. The truth is, the advocates for the amendment worked very closely with the Legislature to get around the governor. Any other version is a pure myth told around a campfire to scare people.” You have messed with a primal force of nature, Mr. Anderson.

Duluth didn’t win Google’s fiber optic contest, but the tech giant is going to spend some time in Minnesota in the near future. Martin Moylan of MPR writes: “The search engine powerhouse announced the initiative Wednesday in Minneapolis, saying it will partner with CoCo, a local company that provides meeting places for Twin Cities techies. ‘The reason we chose Minneapolis is we've gotten to know the community here at CoCo and we really think the start-up community is thriving here,’ said Mary Grove, director of global entrepreneurship for Google.”

Talk about standard operating procedure … Eric Roper of the Strib says: “Eighty-eight law enforcement personnel misused their access to drivers license records during the last fiscal year, according to a report released Wednesday.
The state’s legislative auditor said that beyond the 88 incidents of misuse documented in state records, they found even more possible inappropriate activity buried in audit trails. Over half of law enforcement officers queried ‘people with their same name or surname,’ for example, or disproportionately one sex or another.” Right. Let me guess which one in particular.

Hot times in Fridley … Sarah Horner of the PiPress reports: “Fridley police arrested 23 people in a two-day prostitution sting. Four women and 19 men were cited during the operation, which ended Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the LivINN Suites, according to Lt. Mike Monsrud, spokesman for Fridley police. The women were picked up for prostitution. The men were ticketed for soliciting sex from a prostitute. … Prostitution is often accompanied by narcotics and can sometimes involve human trafficking, an area of particular interest for Fridley police, Monsrud said. He noted the department has had cases reach the federal level after determining a prostitute working in the city was the victim of human trafficking.”

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Schara and his buddies have a weak argument

I have hunted my whole life and look forward to to my trips into the woods each fall. I think Ron and his buddies have a very weak argument. There is no rational need for high capacity clips. Basing their support for high capacity clips because the amunition is made in the US and it will impact revenue is very weak reasoning. High capacity clips have absolutely nothing to do with hunting. This issue won't be solved until we, as a country, get away from fear based politics and approach our problems in a balanced rational way. Unfortunately we are a long way away from that right now. We are more intent on "stupid" politics than wer are on rational politics.

Thanks

for injecting a voice of reason into a chorus of insanity.

I simply don't understand why opponents of limits on magazine capacity aren't willing to trade a few minutes of inconvenience a year* with the chance of sparing even one life. Perhaps someone can explain it to me, because my calculations convince me that it's a trivial imposition on the desires of some gun owners. Here they are:

1,000 rounds a year = 33.3 30 round clips vs. 100 10 round clips. Many opponents claim that it only takes a second or two to change clips, so let's call it 3 seconds per change for the slower folks among us. At that rate, 66 more clip changes would take 198 seconds, or 3 minutes, 18 seconds. (1:06 for those of you who have practiced.) In even one second, a potential victim might make it out a door, around a corner or through a window. Potential defenders might get off a shot, one of the opposition's favorite scenarios. There are 4 million NRA members. I'd like to call on each member to donate 3:18 a year in the interest of protecting the innocent. You don't even have to give it all at once.

The gang who couldn't shoot straight

I guess if you're a "sportsman" who is also a bad shot, you might feel the need to spray & pray. And, as Mr. Schara and friends thoughtfully pointed out, shooting the s...tuffing out of wildlife is good for them!

Other than that, no, I guess I can't think of a legitimate reason either.

It would actually be refreshing if they would just drop the tortured logic and admit that "we want massive firepower just because we want it, damnit!"

Second amendment

The second amendment speaks of the necessity of a "well regulated militia". How about if we were to require anyone who wishes to possess a military style weapon to be a registered member of a local militia, receive military style training annually, and be available for emergency service? Like the National Guard but local. Of course, to be eligible for the militia would require extensive background, criminal, and drug checks to screen out the crazies. No militia membership, no military style weapons.

That

is an extremely scary idea, sir.

Then I guess the Constitution...

...is "Scary". Because despite what the SCOTUS pretends, a well-reguated militia" is what the 2nd Amendment is all about.

A good example

of how changing conditions require changes to the Constitution. Imagine the civill rights movement in a nation in which every community had its own militia, rather than a state or federally controlled National Guard.

Semantics

"Modern sporting rifles" vs. "assault weapons." We choose not even to speak the same language. "Magazines exceeding arbitrary capacity thresholds." Must be some public-relations people and lawyers among those outdoor enthusiasts. I was already tired of the hair-splitting semantics argument used by gun enthusiasts; this letter raises that to a new level, and it seems to make the chance of some agreement on how to reduce needless deaths less likely. I agree completely with the previous two commenters here.

I'm so glad you pointed that out

The whole semantics thing started coming up early in these discussions, and the pickiness of it all was really puzzling to me until I figured out that the strategy was if you could get everyone quibbling over these inconsequential details, it would have the effect of sucking the air right out of the possibility of any discussion of substance.

I think people are starting to catch on to that strategy, but it did take a little while.

I can't help but wonder

whether Rep. Khan was critical of Republicans for putting the marriage amendment on the ballot i order to circumvent Gov. Dayton. Goose/gander?

Apples & oranges, not goose/gander

The one was about funding popular programs. The other was about denying equal rights to a minority segment of the population. The two are not even in the same universe.