I’m an avid follower of Joan Peterson of Protect Minnesota on Twitter, and the other day I was simply amazed by two posts that came up near simultaneously on her feed.
So First she directed me to a letter to the Editor she wrote to the Duluth News Tribune:
Several bills have been introduced in the Minnesota Legislature this session regarding gun safety reform.
One, a law to require background checks on all gun sales at gun shows and on the Internet, should be passed easily since….
Protect Minnesota — the only independent, state-based gun violence prevention organization in Minnesota — strongly supports passage of universal background check legislation. We are committed to working with our national partners at the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Everytown, Moms Demand Action, Americans for Responsible Solutions, faith communities, public-health professionals, educators, parents and responsible gun owners who support keeping guns out of the wrong hands.
Odd that Protect Minnesota is so “Independent”, but it only survives thanks to grants from Chicago’s Joyce Foundation, and it’s President is a serving member on the Brady Campaign’s board of directors.
Still contrast this little pile of utopian boilerplate with this article she linked shortly after she let us know about the above article:
The man suspected of shooting 2 people Tuesday evening before apparently turning the gun on himself had a history of conflict with users of the skatepark at Emerald Park, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office said.
I bet Joan was PISSED that when he shot himself it was only the 3rd person to get shot, and not the magical 4th that turns this into a “Mass Shooting” by anti-rights standards.
Still, “history of conflict”?
“There’s ongoing altercations between skaters at the park and **KILLER**. I mean it goes on periodically; we’ve had numerous calls there,” Captain Spence Slater said Wednesday. “My understanding is some were initiated by people at the park and some were initiated by him.”
Some of those confrontations have involved weapons, Slater said.
“There’s at least three incidents involving him that involved weapon type incidents,” Slater said.
**KILLER** was known to staff at the River Road Park & Recreation District facility at Emerald Park.
“We’ve dealt with him before, we knew of him,” said Dale Weigandt, the park district’s director, “but nothing like this.”
A street crime were the killer was known to the police and had a violent record? MY SHOCKED FACE!
Jail records show that Centeno was released from the Lane County Jail on April 5.
“The crimes that he has just recently adjudicated for were misdemeanor crimes, so there are no restrictions for him on weapons. There were restrictions on him for displaying weapons in public,” Slater said.
“There’s not a great deal we can do if there is no crime,” he added. “We will do an assessment, the deputies on scene would do an assessment to see if he is a danger to himself or to others.”
Either the police are idiots, or the reporter poorly edited the police responses. He was a violent criminal who was just released from jail before he killed some people.
Oh and the icing on the cake is this is in Oregon, where Joan’s panacea Background Checks are law of the land.
Antis are just amazingly tone deaf!