I wasted the better part of yesterday and today up in St Paul trying to show support for maintaining the rule of law over the rule of man in this teetering republic.
We have a 2nd amendment to a written constitution. We pledge allegiance TO THE REPUBLIC, which means that the written law trumps mob rule. If the mob wants to change the written law, they have a process -- 2/3 in both federal houses, 3/4 of the states ratify. That is that ... we have WAY to many folks up there saying "I don't care what gun owners think". If you talked to a good many of them, they would care no more for what is in the constitution.
That is exactly why there is a 2nd amendment! It is the only part of our rights that has teeth, and it appears that the last tiny ember of freedom on the planet is yet again in danger of being snuffed out. Freedom never was free, but it seems that every generation or so it ends up coming to blood.
Having rule of law vs rule of mob is explicitly to prevent just what is going on up in St Paul. Endless discussion back and forth that ought to have no place in a country where people understood how their government was built to work and why. When there is no rule of law, then the only recourse is violence, and that is now the precipice we teeter on. If it comes to confiscation -- which is where they want to go with this, then the only answer a free man can make is "fight or flight".
One of the ways that you know you are living in a totalitarian police state is if you are subject to the knock on the door, the stop on the street, and find that you have violated some item that the rules decided to foist on you. In America, formerly not a police state, you were able to live your life without having to pay much attention to politics. You could focus on being productive. Being happy. Being free.
Two guns are shown below. They are IDENTICAL in mechanism and function. They are both Ruger 10/22 firearms, one of the most popular of guns on the market. They are semi-auto guns that fire one bullet per trigger pull, and have detachable magazines that carry 10, 25, and other popular numbers of rounds.
The top gun is legal under the proposed MN statute HF021 which states" (1) semi-automatic rifle that has the capacity to accept a detachable magazine and2.31has one or more of the following:
2.32(i) a pistol grip or thumbhole stock;"
If you violate this law you are:
"guilty of a felony and may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more9.11than 20 years or to payment of a fine of not more than $100,000, or both."
Got that?? You currently own, or are just visting the state of MN and you get caught with a standard Ruger 10/22 that happens of have a thumbhole stock and you can end up with 20 years in the slammer!!
For a .22!!! The kids squirrel hunting gun. The first gun I ever had. Put a stock on it with a hole in it and it is an "Assault Weapon"!!!!
Welcome to the Fascist state of MN Comrade!!!