A great point about Minnesota's new gun laws

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The state of Minnesota has some serious problems. Let’s not forget that we can find quite a few high-profile problems with local law enforcement coming from that state. George Floyd was hardly the first example, to be sure.


But, it seems lawmakers in the state believe gun control is the answer to at least some of those issues.

However, over at Breitbart, AWR Hawkins brings up a very good point about what Minnesota is doing.

On May 17, 2023, Breitbart News reported that Minnesota Democrats had passed the gun controls that were already failing in California.

Gabby Giffords’ gun control group noted California has had a red flag law since January 1, 2016. The Golden State adopted expanded background checks — i.e., universal background checks — in the early 1990s.

Despite having both these controls, California led the nation in “active shooter incidents” in 2021.

He also notes that the red flag law on the books in Illinois isn’t doing anything to quell the bloodshed in Chicago.

Shocking, I know.

One of the problems with the gun control side is that the problem is never that gun control failed, it’s that there’s insufficient gun control.

When these measures in Minnesota don’t have the desired effect, there won’t be any reevaluation of the laws on the books. No one will suggest repealing these failed measures before trying something else.


No, it’ll be spun as these measures are needed, they just didn’t go far enough, so Minnesota needs to pass another gun control law. Then another. And another.

It’ll keep going, just as it has in California, until there’s essentially nothing left to take.

All of these measures are on the books there and they didn’t do what proponents claimed, so more laws were passed, which also failed, and still more will be passed.

Through it all, the rights of ordinary, law-abiding citizens are being trampled on by a state that’s so concerned with passing laws and being seen to do something that absolutely nothing else matters.

Minnesota is going down that exact path here and now and just like in California, nothing will be enough.

They simply must continue feeding the leviathan. There will be more gun control coming to Minnesota. It, too, will fail.

At the end of the day, though, that’s irrelevant. What matters is passing laws, not whether those laws actually do any good.

Meanwhile, the gun control groups will continue singing the praises of these laws, insisting they don’t want to ban guns, despite evidence to the contrary.


Minnesota gun rights groups are going to have to dig in, assuming they haven’t already. They’re going to be in for a fight going forward and things aren’t looking good for them. The urban enclaves hold too much sway.

It’s there that they have to win hearts and minds, though. Those are the people they have to convince that gun control isn’t the way to deal with violent crime or mass shootings.

Unfortunately, there’s not likely to be friendly media there, which is going to make things more difficult.

It’s worth it, though, because as things stand, Minnesota is making California’s mistakes all over again.

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