Local View: Allowing more Minnesotans to freely carry guns seems unwise – Duluth News Tribune

I don’t believe it would be a wise move to allow anyone who appears to be an adult to freely carry a gun out on the streets (“Permitless gun carry bill draws debate in Minnesota Legislature,” March 9).

The measure was supported by the NRA and its favored legislators. For decades I was a member of the National Rifle Association and had its conspicuous round insignia on my cars and trucks. I was even enrolled into the “National Rifle Association of America Millennium Honor Roll.” It wasn’t that I thought the NRA and its members had some ill intent when I decided to discontinue my membership; it was because of the evermore unlikeable image of the NRA to many people. An organization that used to mostly represented hunters and sport shooters, and even wildlife conservation has become a spokesperson for the manufacturers and marketers of military-like assault weapons. If you want to see this trend, just go to a gun show and see all the black and camouflaged semi-automatics that are replacing the aesthetically appealing guns with contoured fine wooden stocks and elegant inlays and engraving. These new quasi-machine guns have all sorts of unusual configurations and often are collapsible to be more easily concealed. The guns displayed at shows more and more like those in news photos of confiscated gang weapons.

Another sad aspect with the NRA: after every major shooting tragedy, out comes its leader, Wayne LaPierre, to warn us that the Constitution will be in jeopardy if some sensible legislation to reduce gun violence is passed.

The gun-control debate is now included in the ever-deepening societal and political divide. In Minnesota, it also is in the worsening urban-rural legislative debate.

I do not agree with the idea that, “If the good guys are all armed, they can

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