Would DFL Rep. Debra Hilstrom exit during expert testimony about restrictions to your freedom of speech? It would be disrespectful to the expert called forth to testify, and her constituents would likely chastise her for arrogance. Would DFL Rep. Shannon Savick simply walk away from a minister, rabbi, or imam speaking about threats to the freedom of religion? Would DFL Rep. Erik Simonson flee the room while a bridge engineer testifies that a law under discussion would leave roads less safe? Would DFL Rep. Dan Schoen bolt if a doctor testified that certain medical procedures actually pose more risk to the patient than the disease itself? Would DFL Rep. Linda Slocum leave a room in another situation to avoid a challenge to her preexisting opinion?
We must now assume they all would after witnessing this exit. They may as well have stuck their fingers in their ears.
Democrats claim a desire for a “national conversation” about the role of firearms in our society, but this display stated a preference for an emotional, callous argument. They claim to care about reducing gun violence, but faced with the prospect of learning about the firearms they would ban, the intent of the Founders, which guns they would want us to have, and the actual impact of broad laws they would pass, they refused to participate.
In the video, DFL Rep. and committee chair Michael Paymar proudly expresses a contempt for hearing the facts in a technical presentation.
We have also witnessed demagoguery, with claims of a desire to want “weapons of war off the streets” per President Obama — a blatant falsehood. Military firearms are not featured in a single one of the laws proposed nationwide, as selective-fire and fully automatic firearms have been heavily regulated since the National Firearms Act of 1934. They have also been banned from future manufacture for the general public since the Hughes Amendment to the Firearm Owners Protection Act became law in 1986.
These Democrats in the video, and other nationally prominent Democrats including the president, have not demonstrated a desire for a “national conversation.” They have instead demonstrably lied to constituents and bullied gun-rights advocates.
The demonstration in Minnesota was worth listening to; I will repeat the details here.