Sun Thisweek - Guest Column Published October 31, 2013
Today if you go to Cabela’s or any licensed gun dealer in Minnesota to buy a gun, the store is required by law to run a 90-second background check to ensure that you don’t have a criminal history or a severe mental illness. According to the FBI, this simple but important process has kept guns out of the hands of 2 million prohibited purchasers since 1998.
And while we know how many times a red flag in someone’s history has blocked a sale, it’s impossible to know how many lives the critical law enforcement tool has saved. In short, the background check system is quick, effective, and it protects the rights of law-abiding citizens to own firearms.
The problem is that we leave the saturated markets for guns online and at gun shows completely unregulated. That means these same dangerous people that failed a background check at Cabela’s can go on Craigslist or to a gun show and purchase weapons from private sellers without any questions asked. The evidence shows they quite often do. Read More
Washington, D.C. – New polling conducted by Public Policy Polling for House Majority PAC confirms that Rep. John Kline’s seat is firmly in-play for 2014. The polling shows a 10% margin of victory for a Democratic challenger over Kline if the election was held today, and a meager 32% favorability rating for the embattled congressman.
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Thomas Craft Announces Candidacy for U.S. Congress
St. Paul – Standing in the Capitol rotunda, Thomas Craft, 30, of Eagan, announced his candidacy for the 2nd Congressional District seat currently held by Republican John Kline. Craft will seek the Democratic Party’s endorsement in his campaign to unseat the incumbent in the 2014 midterm election.
Craft said the current dysfunction in Congress drove him to take action.
“Our country faces great problems – real problems – that need serious, dedicated leaders to solve,” he said. “If we had that kind of leadership in Congress today, then we wouldn’t be facing the mess we are in.”
Craft said he hopes to restore accountability in Congress by answering to constituents instead of lobbyists. He said that if elected, the first piece of legislation he intends to bring to the floor will “give the American people a voice” to bring about a constitutional convention in hopes of resolving many critical issues facing the country today including personal privacy, money in politics and limits on presidential powers. Read More
Please join us Saturday, July 13th at 11:00 am for Tom’s announcement regarding his intention to seek the Democratic endorsement for Congress in Minnesota’s Second Congressional District. Tom’s campaign will ensure that Rep. John Kline is made to account for his lack of results and political gamesmanship in Congress. Come out to meet him and hear how he plans to turn the Second District blue in 2014. See you there!