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People gather in front of the stage before the start of the March for Our Lives rally on Saturday in Washington. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Salwan Georges

Anti-Gun Parkland Students Expected to Visit Fargo/Moorhead, Bismarck, and Standing Rock This Month

Anti-Gun Parkland Students Expected to Visit Fargo/Moorhead, Bismarck, and Standing Rock This Month

This summer some of the students from Parkland High School, those who are now being used in messaging campaigns by the gun control movement, will be taking a bus tour through the midwest to bring their anti-gun narrative to the heartland. There are going to be at least a few stops in our area later

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp is cheered on by delegates at her nomination for the Senate Saturday at the North Dakota Democratic convention. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Would Senator Heitkamp Support the Use of Secret Lists to Deny Women Abortions?

It’s an election year, and Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp is facing re-election in an increasingly red state as one of the most endangered incumbents in the Senate. So now Heitkamp is suddenly talking about the importance of the 2nd amendment. Because that sort of thing will play well in North Dakota which has (according to

Students from across the Twin Cities marched from St. Paul Central High School to the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul to demonstrate against gun violence Wednesday, March 7, 2018. (Jean Pieri / Pioneer Press)

Why Do We Need Facts and Reason When We Can Just Feel Things?

My print column last Sunday made two points. First, that schools shouldn’t have excused students for the anti-gun protests. Second that the argument the students were making – that America is more violent with more gun crimes and more school shootings – is wrong based on the data. There have been a lot of rebuttals

Senator Heidi Heitkamp Dave Wallis / The Forum

On Gun Control Will Heitkamp Side With North Dakotans or Her Hollywood Fundraisers?

“Dems want gun control, but worry it could cost them midterms,” a headline from The Hill reads. Left-wing groups are investing a lot of activism in the gun control issue, capitalizing (sort of ghoulishly) on the tragedy in Florida, but that’s probably not news for some Democrats tasked with getting elected in states and districts

Protesters demonstrate in the Not One More rally for gun legislation, held at the federal courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Feb. 17, 2018. Since Wednesday, when a gunman killed 14 students and three staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., teenage voices have resonated where those of longtime politicians have largely fallen flat. (Saul Martinez/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

The Argument for Gun Control Is Myopic and Shallow

Over the weekend the Fargo Forum published an editorial calling for the reinstatement of an assault weapons ban that was as shallow as it was myopic. “There is no legitimate civilian use for guns like the AR-15,” the paper writes. There are millions upon millions of Americans who own AR-15 rifles, and equivalent firearms, who might

FILE PHOTO: North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem. (Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald)

Lawmaker Criticizes Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem for Signing Letter Urging Congress to Review Legality of Bump Stocks

Rep. Luke Simons is a Republican lawmaker from Dickinson. In a Facebook post yesterday, he took aim at Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem for signing a letter with a group of other attorneys general urging Congress to act on “bump stocks,” which are devices designed to be used with semi-automatic firearms to increase their rate of

Hunters and collectors check out the large selection of guns and other items at the Dakota Territory Gun Collectors 36th annual Gun Show on Saturday at the Fargo Civic Center. A large crowd was present Saturday morning at the show, which continues today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dave Wallis / The Forum

Feds Saying Using Marijuana, Even if It’s Legal Under State Law, Makes It Illegal for You to Own Guns

North Dakota voters have legalized medical marijuana, though state officials are still working on implementation, and just yesterday a new ballot measure was submitted to the Secretary of State which would legalize marijuana for recreational use too. But the intersection between state and federal policies on marijuana is still problematic in the extreme. Because to

FBI agents and other law enforcement and crime scene personnel outside the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, where a gunman killed at least 26 people and injured at least 20 more on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (Callie Richmond / copyright 2017 / The New York Times)

Remember When North Dakota Lawmakers Were Mocked for Allowing Concealed Carry in Churches?

A shooter in Sutherland Springs, Texas, opened fire in a Baptist church over the weekend. As I write this, the count is 26 dead and 20 wounded. The incident has sparked the usual debate over gun control. Which makes about as much sense as debating restrictions on car rentals after an Uzbek man, apparently radicalized

A wall of Bushmaster AR-15 223's is seen Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, at Bill’s Gun Shop & Range in north Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Blaming Guns for Suicides Does a Disservice to Suicide Prevention Efforts

My last Sunday print column suggested that we could save more lives in America with better suicide prevention efforts than with tougher gun control policy. To support this contention, I pointed out that most deaths in America resulting from a gun shot wound are self inflicted. In any given year, about 60 percent to 70

Bill Letting Politicians Carry Concealed at Public Gatherings Gets Amended, but It’s Still Not Very Good

SB2139, which started out as a bill to give those licensed to carry concealed a 10 day window to produce their permit if caught by law enforcement, was amended earlier this legislative session to also give elected officials the right to carry concealed in public gatherings. Here’s the amended section which passed the House earlier this

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