“… the red flag concept, would remove firearms from those who have not committed any crime but are thought to be a ‘dangerous behavior risk’ for the future.”
As you might imagine, there’s a number of very serious problems with the idea. Fortunately, overwhelming pushback to the legislation resulted in its demise. It died in the House by a 17 – 76 vote— a poetic justice of sorts.
Aside from the eight Republicans who signed on as sponsors to the bill, North Dakota’s Superintendent of Public Instruction — Kirsten Baesler — supported it as well. In fact, she was one its advocates who attended a news conference to discuss the legislation.
According to the Bismarck Tribune, Baesler said the Red Flag Law was — in her opinion — “one of the most significant” ways to address school safety. Constitutional rights be damned, I guess.
As voters who cherish the “Right to Keep and Bear Arms” fill out their ballots for the mail-only primary election, they need to consider Baesler’s blatant disregard for the gun rights of North Dakotans. I’m hopeful they’re bothered a lot more by it than Governor Burgum seems to be (see below).
Kirsten Baesler might be a lot of things, but a “trusted leader” certainly isn’t one of them.
Note: For more on Baesler’s Rocky Past, Alcohol Use, & Poor Record as DPI Superintendent, click here.
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