I couldn't pass
this one up considering the recent talk of irresponsible conservative
politicians and their support from pro gun groups. This even sort of
applies to your post regarding to pro gun politicians being photographed
holding guns to garner votes. Well, it seems that antigun politicians
aren't immune either.
In this case, its incumbent Rick Nolan, who is being challenged by
Republican Stuart Mills III. Then Mr. Nolan spoke about his campaign at
my class on state and local government in Brainerd when he was
challenging and won the seat from Republican incumbent Chip Cravaak.
After his talk, I had the opportunity to ask him up front his position
on Second Amendment issues, and as most politicians do, he said he
supported it. However, when asked if he supported the DFL Party
platform, claimed he hadn't read it yet, said hunters don't need an
assault rifle (his words), then rushed off claiming an appointment.
So imagine my surprise/glee when this politician who makes no secret of
his wish to ban assault weapons apparently tweets a photo of himself
holding one of those evil rifles.
The photograph's depiction of not only his hypocrisy and his weapon
handling technique needless to say supplies ammo (pun intended) to his
"The Minnesota Gun Owners Political Action Committee has offered to pay for
firearms training for Democratic congressman Rick Nolan at the chain of retail
stores owned by the family of his Republican opponent, Stewart Mills.
The offer came in response to a picture posted to Nolan’s Twitter account
Wednesday showing the congressman holding an AR-15 rile with his finger on the
trigger while surrounded by supporters."
Gun rights have emerged as a key issue in the Eighth Congressional District
race. Mills released a campaign ad this summer that claimed Nolan is among the
politicians who “have no respect for the Second Amendment.”
Nolan earned a ‘F’ rating The National Rifle Association’s Political Victory
Fund, but dismissed Mills’ ad as a “big lie, smear tactic.” Nolan aides said the
congressman declined comment on Strawser’s offer.
“The basic rules of firearms safety, taught to students as young as 12 in
[Minnesota Department of Natural Resources] hunter safety classes, state clearly
that one’s finger should be kept off the trigger until ready to shoot,” Strawser
“It’s nothing short of hypocritical for Mr. Nolan to be photographed at what
appears to be a campaign event while holding an AR-15 rifle,” Strawser said.
“Mr. Nolan has specifically called for a ban on the very rifle he is holding in
The Minnesota Gun Owners PAC offered to buy firearms training for Nolan at
Mills Fleet Farm Indoor Shooting location in Baxter.
But the political point was to challenge a Nolan assertion. During an appearance
on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” said that “I don’t need an assault rifle to shoot a
duck or protect my family.”
This campaign holds a personal interest to me in that I live in the 8th
District and am also a member of the PAC who has kindly offered to show
the good Congressman the proper way to hold a firearm. In fact, I
recently won 1,600 rounds of ammo at a fundraising drawing for the