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Exaggeration and Hysteria Are What School Shooters Want

Exaggeration and Hysteria Are What School Shooters Want

Defending gun rights is “Defending the indefensible,” writes my friend and fellow columnist Tony Bender. His column is his usual exercise in tautology – these dummies are dumb because they’re dumb, he’s saying of the people he disagrees with. Yawn. But in his section lashing out at me for a column I wrote last month he

North Dakota Democratic Party Official Says She Was Threatened After Heated Gun Rights Debate With Republican Lawmaker

Over the weekend, a crowd of pro-2nd amendment folks gathered at the state capitol in Bismarck for an event called the “Shall Not Be Infringed Rally.” Unfortunately, some of the online discussion about the rally got a little ugly, as online discussions are wont to do. Ondine Baird, an official in the North Dakota Democratic

Plain Talk: Expanding Capacity for the Dakota Access Pipeline, and What Can We Really Do to Stop Mass Murder Attacks?

“Nothing changes with respect to the operating pressure.” That’s what Glenn Emery said of the expansion of the Dakota Access Pipeline on this episode of Plain Talk. He is the Vice President of Commercial Operations and Business Development for Energy Transfer Partners – the company which owns DAPL – and he says the construction of

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Print Column: Post-Shooting Hysteria Ignores the Reality of What Really Keeps Us Safe

MINOT, N.D. — What keeps you from being murdered on any given day? It’s a serious question, and one we should be asking as we grapple with what to do in the wake of mass murder attacks in Texas and Ohio. In the hysterical environment after one of these attacks — one inflamed by posturing

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Proposed “Red Flag Law” for North Dakota Doesn’t Need to Be Resurrected

“There was a lot of learning that was happening about the gun violence issue as a whole, as well as what this bill would really do,” state Rep. Karla Rose Hanson, a Democrat from Fargo, told my colleague John Hageman. “Sometimes things take more than one session.” Hanson was responding to questions about whether or

Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., listens to Dennis Kooren, who chairs the Fargo Pension Protection Committee, during a meeting of the group at Marlin's restaurant in Fargo Tuesday, Aug. 7. Tu-Uyen Tran / Forum News Service

Should the Federal Government Penalize Banks for Discriminating Against the Gun Industry?

A tactic of the left in recent years is to bring political pressure to bear on banks which fund or otherwise do business with industries our liberal friends don’t like. Because nothing says progressive like ideological ostracism. The oil and coal industries are one target of this push. Recently socialist Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez harangued the CEO

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Plain Talk: “I Couldn’t Really Care Less What Somebody in New York Says

Recently a New York Times columnist teed off on proposed legislation here in North Dakota which would ban any government sponsored and/or taxpayer funded gun buyback program. Nicholas Kristof called it “dumbest bit of legislation so far this year.” “I couldn’t really care less what somebody in New York says,” the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Luke

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Maybe the Real Dummies Are the People Who Can’t Articulate a Convincing Defense of Gun Buyback Programs

HB1381, introduced by state Rep. Luke Simons (R-Dickinson) and passed by the House earlier this month on a 66-26 vote, would ban any gun buyback program sanctioned or funded by the government in North Dakota. Private organizations could still do a buyback event, but no event sponsored by the government and/or funded by taxpayer dollars

State Rep. Karla Rose Hanson, D-Fargo, promotes her "red flag" bill while police chiefs and Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson, listen at the state Capitol Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. John Hageman / Forum News Service

“Waiting Until Something Bad Happens” Is Also Called “Innocent Until Proven Guilty”

My last Sunday print column was about HB1537, introduced by state Rep. Karla Rose Hanson (D-Fargo), which would set up a process through which the courts can take away guns from someone based on nothing more than an affidavit from law enforcement or a close relation saying they’re dangerous. I called this a gun seizure

State Rep. Karla Rose Hanson, D-Fargo, promotes her "red flag" bill while police chiefs and Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson, listen at the state Capitol Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. John Hageman / Forum News Service

Plain Talk Podcast: Rep. Karla Rose Hanson Discusses Gun Seizure Bill

Should the government be able to take a person’s guns because a court finds you dangerous? Is that a reasonable protection for public safety, or something amounting to pre-crime? Denying a person their civil rights based on what they might do? Rep. Karla Rose Hanson, a Democrat from Fargo and sponsor of so-called “red flag”

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