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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

State Rep. Karla Rose Hanson (D-Fargo)

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

Astra Volk and her children were found dead in a Grand Forks home Thursday, May 3, 2018.

Should the Grand Forks Mother Who Killed Herself and Her Children Have Been Able to Buy Her Gun Legally?

Earlier this month a Grand Forks woman was found dead in her home with her three children. A law enforcement investigation later revealed that the woman, Astra Volk, had killed her children and then herself. Now we learn that Volk purchased the gun used to kill herself and her children from a pawn shop the

Kevin Cramer, surrounded by family and supporters, accepts the ND Republican endorsement for the US Senate Saturday, April 7, at the ND Republican convention. (Eric Hylden / Forum News Service)

Rep. Cramer Signs Letter Urging End to Federal Contract With Citibank Due to Restrictions on Gun Sales

“Citigroup Inc (C.N) added restrictions on firearms sales for new retail-sector clients, the Wall Street bank said on Thursday, the strongest move to date by a major U.S. lender following last month’s high school shooting in Florida,” Reuters reported last month. Here’s what the bank is doing specifically: In an emailed statement Citi said it

U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp talks about the prospect of temporarily housing refugee children at the Grand Forks Air Force Base during a recent visit to the Grand Forks Herald Editorial Board. p hoto by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

We Cannot Allow Senator Heitkamp to Deny Americans Gun Rights by Putting Them on a Secret Government List

In a letter to the editor today someone claiming to be an attorney (who appears to be using the name of a former U.S. Supreme Court Justice as a nom de plume) suggests my objection to using the federal no-fly list to deny people their gun rights is driven by partisanship. “Sen. Heidi Heitkamp wants

Senator Heidi Heitkamp (Jesse Trelstad/Grand Forks Herald)

Senator Heitkamp Wants to Deny People Their Gun Rights by Putting Them on a Government List

No doubt under fire from her left-wing base on the gun control issue, Senator Heidi Heitkamp has decided to trot out a bad idea she’s backed previously. Namely, denying people their civil rights simply because the government puts them on a list Which, to be fair, is not far off from President Trump said gun

President Donald Trump addresses the National Rifle Association’s annual convention in Atlanta, April 28, 2017. Trump is the first sitting president since Ronald Reagan to address the group's annual convention. (Al Drago/Copyright 2017 The New York Times)

The NRA Is Powerful Because the NRA Is People

When something awful like the mass shooting in Florida happens our nation’s media turns into a competition among pundits and politicians and celebrities to see who can be the most outraged. Most of this outrage is directed at the NRA. You almost get the idea, from the way people like comedian Jimmy Kimmel talk about

A screenshot from a Doug Burgum campaign ad aired during the 2016 election cycle touting the candidate as a "champion for North Dakota gun rights."

Governor Burgum Is Undecided on Constitutional Carry Legislation

Yesterday the state Senate passed a House bill allowing North Dakotans who are not otherwise prohibited by law to carry concealed weapons without a permit. Because the Senate did not make any amendments to the bill, it now goes to Governor Doug Burgum’s office. But will he sign it? Burgum campaigned on his support for

Self Defense Legislation Would Legalize What Most of Us Would Consider Murder

I am a staunch proponent of 2nd amendment rights, but legislation down in Bismarck goes well beyond the concept of keeping and bearing arms. It would expand the definitions of permissible use of force to protect yourself and your property to a troubling degree. The bill is SB2315, introduced by state Senator David Clemens of

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