The gang that couldn’t shoot straight
by Scott W. Johnson at PowerLine
“Minnesota liberalized the law allowing citizens to arm themselves in the early days of the administration of Governor Pawlenty. The law vastly expanded the right of Minnesota citizens to acquire licenses to carry guns, a right formerly subject to the unfettered discretion of local police chiefs or sheriffs. Liberalization of the law carried out a long-standing Republican commitment and was of course the subject of daily hysteria in the local media, but so far as I am aware has had no ill effects.
The virtues of the law were on display last week. When Darren Evanovich and his sister pulled off an armed robbery outside of a grocery store in Minneapolis, they wound up pistol-whipping the middle-aged woman they robbed. As Ed Morrissey relates, the Good Samaritan chased after Evanovich, and Evanovich pulled the gun as he turned the corner. “Unfortunately for Evanovich,” Ed writes, “the Good Samaritan had a carry permit and a handgun of his own — which he drew and fired after Evanovich drew first. Evanovich died almost immediately.”
Evanovich’s death raised the question whether the Good Samaritan would be charged with homicide. While the case was under consideration, the Minneapolis Star Tribune ran a deeply deceptive article by Matt McKinney on the good works of Darren Evanovich. The article omitted relevant facts that made out the justification for Evanovich’s killing.
If you relied on the article for your knowledge about the case, as I stupidly did, you were poorly served. Mitch Berg took it apart on his Shot In the Dark blog. If you relied on the Star Tribune for your knowledge about the case, you would have been surprised, as I was, when (liberal Democratic) Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman not only declined to press charges against the Good Samaritan, but he also commended the Good Samaritan “for helping his fellow citizen in need” (while adding “a note of caution” discouraging armed citizens from chasing after criminals.)
The Star Tribune’s coverage of the Evanovich case provides evidence to support the proposition that liberalism makes you stupid, or requires you to be stupid. I think it is true as a general proposition. Yet in this case we have the counterexample of Mike Freeman — not stupid. At the very least, the case is a good reminder that the Star Tribune gives new meaning to the expression “the gang that couldn’t shoot straight.”
Comment: Unless my memory has hit a serious ‘nose dive’, Mike Freeman is the son of former Minnesota Governor, Orville Freeman, who later became the nations’s Secretary of Agriculture. I was a Democrat in those days and remained so for a couple decades later, during a time when unlike today, the Party was Marxist free.
Orville Freeman was a most honorable man of whom every Minnesotan can be proud. Such Democrats are difficult to find these days, even here in Minnesota. It seems likely his son from the same ‘school’.
Even former Vice President, Walter Mondale, was honorable in those days. But he accepted his Party’s modernization, its disgrace and dishonesty, during his campaign for the U.S. Senate in the fall of 2002. He apparently had forgotten his Minnesota roots playing political cards too long in Washington.
Besides his political shrills, anger, and meanness during the campaign, he allowed the rumor to live, that conspiring Republicans were somehow behind the death of then Senator Paul Wellstone, an icon of the state’s new super Left.
I should add, that Senator Wellstone would have probably been appalled at the campaign this Walter Mondale had conducted in 2002. Curiously, I cannot guess how Marxist the leftwing Wellstone might have become if he were still in his Senate seat. I feel confident, however, that despite his promise to limit his tenure in Washington, Paul Wellstone had every intention to ignore his promise and, health willing, he still would be in the Senate halls, cane and all.
Like the majority of Minnesotans, I am repelled by the idea handguns are in the discussion and hands of decent people in today’s American culture. But today’s Minnesota is a JUNGLE compared to the civlization which existed here during the early 1960s of Orville Freeman’s days.
The cultural revolution of the late 1960s and 1970s has given America Marxism through the leftwing avenues from college to Barack Hussein Obama. The once honorable Democratic Party is its conduit…..for the moment. That most Democrats in Congress and the Minnesota state house might not be believing Marxists doesn’t excuse their culpability in this religion’s march to totalitarianism.
Most voters for the Nazis of Germany in 1933 were not Nazis, by membership or religion. And never forget in 1933 the National Socialist Workers Party led by Adolph Hitler was a Marxist oriented movement.
Marxism is a religion. Like the militant Islamists, all of life is expected to be religiously designed and obeyed according to demands of its most powerful believer or believers. Neither tolerates strays. Most of Marxism’s priests are not in Washington but preach in the university campuses throughout the country.
They are tenured. Many of the daughters and some sons these believers have indoctrinated now run the nation’s Courts, its mass media, entertainment industries, the art world, and some of the country’s churches.
Like Islamists, Marxists punish non-believers…any critics of Socialist Dogma and ALWAYS have. One is to hate the unwashed.
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