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Reluctant responses
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Three weeks ago I emailed Rep. Tom Anzelc and Sen. Tom Saxhaug regarding my concerns regarding the so-called “gun control” bills. Since gun control laws only affect law-abiding citizens — (criminals, as we all know, don’t obey laws to begin with — I wanted to remind both of these elected officials that enacting new anti-gun legislation will do absolutely nothing to lower gun-related crime in Minnesota.


If gun control laws worked, Chicago and New York City would be free of gun crimes. Those cities have some of the most draconian gun laws on the books and yet they still have a huge problem with gun-related crimes.

Since both Rep. Anzelc (DFL) and Senator Saxhaug (DFL) campaigned as being Second Amendment supporters, I was hoping to get a reply stating that

they were going to stand up and fight for their law-abiding constituents and reject these bills if they made their way through the House and Senate.

Sadly, that was not the case.

My response from Rep. Anzelc was: “Thank you for writing and for supporting the Second Amendment to the Constitution.” That was it. It took him five days to craft that response. Doesn’t exactly sound like someone who is ready to go to bat for our gun rights, does it?

Rep. Anzelc, I know where I stand on this issue. I needed to know where you stand on this issue!

At least Rep. Anzelc responded. As of today (Feb. 25) I still haven’t heard back from Sen. Saxhaug.

The bottom line is this: If you are a responsible gun owner and want to continue to enjoy our freedoms you’d better get involved in this fight! Joining a pro-gun organization and supporting the shooting sports in your area are great ways to help. Above all else, stay informed with what’s happening in Congress, both locally and nationally.

Also, if you think that Rep. Anzelc and Sen. Saxhaug are going to stand up and fight for your rights instead of caving in to their party leadership you could be wrong!

Maybe you’ll have better luck than I did when it comes to finding out where these two men are really going to stand if these bills make it to a final vote.

Tony Chantland


Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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