I was going to title the piece “Rep. Heather Martens: Her Lips Are Moving” – but now that Protect MN has hired Richard Carlbom, the PR father of gay marriage in Minnesota, I have to upgrade my approach.
Because while Representative Martens has never made a substantive true claim in all her years of working for victim disarmament in Minnesota, it’s time to start tracking Carlbom by the same standards.
An email went out to “Protect”MN supporters the other day. Here was the money quote:
Click here to sign the petition urging our lawmakers to renew the Undetectable Firearms Act before it expires on December 9…
… Guns without a certain amount of metal can slip by metal detectors in public places. There is no reason responsible gun owners would need to have unconventional weapons like these. The Undetectable Firearms Act keeps guns that evade critical security measures off the streets. The law is set to expire on December 9. We urge legislators to renew the Undetectable Firearms Act to keep these dangerous guns away from airports, courtrooms, and other public places.
Now, the fact is that no such weapons have ever been produced.
And not only does every single gun owner know it, but so do the Feds. Neither the Departments of the Treasury or Justice have ever enacted any regulations pursuant to the “Undetectable Firearms Act”…
…because there’s nothing to regulate.
The “Undetectable Firearms Act” is an utterly empty gesture. It affects no crime. It affects no manufacturing. It is yet another empty gesture that groups like “Protect”MN flop in front of their ill-informed followers to give their shapeless concerns some rallying point.
I responded to the petition:
It’s not. This is empty legislation – even the feds have not bothered to enact any regulations due to this “act”, because *it refers to weapons that don’t exist*. There ARE no “undetectable firearms”.
“Protect”MN is lying. Again.
I think that sums it up.
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