Chairman's Corner: The Threat We Face

It’s been a busy end of the year for MNGOPAC.  In the last eight weeks or so since we formally founded the PAC, I don’t think I’ve had a single solid night’s sleep. It’s not just all the details that come with spinning up a grassroots organization…and there are many of them…it’s the steady advancement of our opposition on their march to take away our fundamental rights.

That’s what keeps me up at night.

We knew early on that we would be facing a threat with more money and influence than anything we’ve seen in Minnesota.

Last week, it became official. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his group Mayors Against Illegal Guns formally registered Richard Carlbom as a lobbyist in Minnesota. For those who do not recognize the name, Mr. Carlbom was the key strategist behind the gay marriage push in Minnesota. Regardless of how you feel on the issue itself, there is one thing about that campaign we can all agree on; it was extremely well-run.

The threat we face in 2014 is likely to be subtle, but extremely dangerous nonetheless. The opposition will come to the Capitol with “reasonable restrictions”, and “responsible solutions”.

Friends, there is nothing reasonable about restricting our Second Amendment rights, and the most responsible solution to solving the problem of violence in our society is criminal control, not gun control. 

Good luck getting that on to the docket with the current state legislature, though.

That is why MNGOPAC is so important. Together, we can take back our government and put pro-Second Amendment legislators back in St. Paul. We can support candidates who pledge to make the Second Amendment a key issue in their campaigns. We can publicly chastise candidates who claim to support our rights but confess that they are open to selling us out the moment they take office.

We have started traveling around not only the Twin Cities, but around the state to speak with candidates about their support for our Second Amendment rights. I have spoken in hotel ballrooms and American Legion halls, in back rooms and offices, in the Capitol and in coffee shops to supporters and candidates.

We need your help to continue this mission, to reach law-abiding Minnesotans across the state, and to get the word out that we will not bargain on our Constitutionally protected rights.

Mark Okern

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