http://joelrosenberg.livejournal.com/188499.html Pawlenty Administration Puts Half a Million Guns on the Street The Pawlenty Administration has turned loose 250,000 pistol-packing Texans, 100,000 Saturday Night Special wielding Ohioans, and more than half a million others on the streets of Minnesota, leaving our communities -- our streets, our malls, our parks, and our schools -- at risk from these hundreds and hundreds of thousands of untrained gun nuts, all of them carrying loaded, hidden handguns anywhere they please. How many? And why? Nobody knows. The Pawlenty administration has kept their reasons for this payoff to the NRA a secret. In 2003 and again in 2005, the NRA rammed the so-called "Conceal and Carry" law through our legislature, allowing just about anybody in Minnesota to get a permit to pack heat. Since then, the number of handguns on our streets has soared, as Minnesota sheriffs have been forced to give guns to more than 42,000 people. That was bad enough, and our citizens have been paralyzed by fear ever since, never knowing if the person next in line to them in the supermarket, or walking down the street near playgrounds and schools, was one of those 42,000 people (the number is more like 15,000. Where they get 42,000 no one fucking knows.) -- none of them trained police officers -- packing a loaded, hidden handgun, a device designed for one purpose, and one purpose only: to kill a human being. It quickly became worse. Late in 2003, the MN Department of Public Safety gave permission not only for Minnesota citizens to pack heat where ever they choose to go, but allowed pistol-packing permit holders from four additional states to carry their handguns where ever they go, whether it's to the Mall of America, Minnehaha Falls, or the Childrens Museum in St. Paul -- even in bars! (Oh god no. The horror!) And this last Thursday, March 23, a day that will live in infamy, the Department of Public Safety gave permission for eleven more states (Hell yeah!) -- including the state of Texas, and we all know what Texas is like; it's the home state of George W. Bush! (As if GWB has ANYTHING to do with guns in TX now.) -- to dispatch their gun nuts to our state (Yeah, I'm sure everyone from TX is going to bumrush MN now because of this ), without them even having to get a Minnesota "conceal and carry" permit. There are now fifteen states (Again, HELL YEAH!) that the Department of Public Safety has put on this so-called "reciprocity" list with populations well into the tens of millions . . . without so much as a simple background check performed by any Minnesota law enforcement agency on any of their more than a half a million so-called "conceal and carry" permit holders. Who are these people? Nobody knows -- in all of these states, the list of "conceal and carry" permit holders is kept secret (As it should be). There's simply no way to know how many of the millions of visitors Minnesota hosts every year is secretly (and, because of the Department of Public Safety, legally!) carrying a .44 Magnum (the same gun that Clint Eastwood's "Dirty Harry"character carries in the movies) in the pockets of their parkas. (WTF.) The recent BCA report showed that there are 42,000 people with "conceal and carry" permits in Minnesota (No there isn't, knock that shit off. It's around 15,000), but that didn't tell the whole story -- not even a tenth of it. For reasons that we don't understand, the Department of Public Safety deliberately understated the danger -- they didn't mention that there are more than another half a million people who have been given an official invitation from the Department of Public Safety to pack their weapons of death throughout Minnesota, all as a political payoff to the NRA! (Good god.) The time has come for Minnesnowtans mamoru: - sorry) to rise up and demand that the Pawlenty administration put the safety of Minnesota citizens above the unreasonable demands of the NRA. (Allowing citizens to carry guns to protect THEMSELVES is thinking of their safety, fucknuts.) Go Minnesota. WOOT!