Last week, DFL senators showed their anti-Second Amendment colors when they voted against SF339, a resolution that talks about the history of the Second Amendment. Here's an important part of the Nienow/Benson/Ruud resolution:
1.6WHEREAS, the second amendment protects the rights of self-defense, defense of others
1.7and defense of the nation, and assumes the rights to hunting and sport shooting
DFL legislators reflexive reply to Second Amendment questions that they're pro-Second Amendment because they've been hunters for years. Voting for SF339 would demolish that response because it says that the Second Amendment was put into the Bill of Rights to protect Americans' right to defend themselves, their families and their nation.
Here's another important part of the Nienow/Benson/Ruud resolution:
1.19WHEREAS, many gun control laws implicitly assume the guilt of lawful and responsible
1.20firearms owners with little effect on the ability of criminals to obtain firearms to use them
2.1WHEREAS, gun control only ensures that law-abiding citizens are powerless in the face of
Sen. Bakk and other DFL senators certainly can't vote for this resolution because it's a vote admitting that gun control legislation doesn't work. Admitting that exposes the reason behind their anti-Second Amendment legislation.
Finally, it's worth noting these clauses of the resolution:
2.3BE IT RESOLVED that the legislature of the state of Minnesota will act in conformity with
2.4its sworn duties as duly elected officials charged with its citizens' trust, will uphold the second
2.5amendment of the United States Constitution, and will abide by the decisions of the United
2.6States Supreme Court.
2.7BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the legislature strongly urges the President of
2.8the United States and the Congress to respect the second amendment to the United States
2.9Constitution, to recognize the multitudes of existing laws related to the manufacture, sale, and
2.10possession of firearms, to reject international treaties that will infringe on American citizens' right
2.11to bear arms, to not violate the rights of law-abiding citizens while deliberating and acting on
2.12any proposed legislation or executive actions concerning firearms, and to acknowledge that in
2.13order to combat gun violence, the country must enforce existing laws and effectively punish
2.14and deter those who commit violent crimes.
The second resolution simply states that U.S. diplomats, whether they're serving at the United Nations, at foreign embassies or at the State Department building, won't negotiate treaties that would undercut the Second Amendment.
The first resolution simply states that the Supreme Court has ruled on the scope of the Second Amendment. In its ruling, the Supreme Court stated emphatically that the Second Amendment gives individuals the right to defend themselves, their families and their nation.
In voting unanimously against the Nienow/Benson/Ruud resolution, the DFL has stated emphatically that their 'defense' of the Second Amendment is tepid and halfhearted at best.