Tevlin: Leading gun advocate talks tough, gets taken to task

  • Article by: JON TEVLIN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 26, 2013 - 9:32 PM

Don’t poke the badger.

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LicoriceAug. 26, 13 9:50 PM

“We want to protect women from harm. We want to protect babies from abortion, and we want to protect our gun rights,” he said. That's a rural credo? Give me a break. I grew up in rural north woods towns. There was a code of silence shielding abusive men, and maybe they didn't like abortion -- I don't know if that's true or not -- but plenty of them didn't like taking responsibility for their offspring either.

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yosherAug. 26, 13 9:56 PM

Cornish is simply the NRA's bought and paid-for boy in the state house. At least he's honest about it.

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melabill2Aug. 26, 1310:03 PM

I like this mans attitude and applaud him for what he stands for. This is one politician that says what he means and means what he says. I am afraid that he is alone in some of his beliefs but I happen to agree with him.

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mnthinkerAug. 26, 1310:29 PM

Meanwhile, he said one anti-gun activist told the daughter of a pro-gun member, “You’ll grow up to be a better person than your dad.”---------------- Let's all go ahead and give Gary Thompson of Protect Minnesota some credit. After all, he is the one who said this, on video, only to later testify that the pro-gun folks felt intimidated after the State Patrol said they never witnessed any intimidation, even after Paymar ordered them to check permits of those entering the chambers, a "power" he does not legally have.

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groundpoundAug. 26, 1310:29 PM

Tevlin may think he has a "First Amendment right" to opine about the Capitol. but he is dangerous. He should be forced to take a government-approved course, pass a test, earn and renew a revocable license, and be kept out of the Capitol despite his license. Or is a journalist's freedom one of those which "shall not be infringed?"

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billybillyAug. 26, 1310:29 PM

Another generation or so and people like Cornish will be out of the picture. The very definition of bully is an insincere apology.

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Greg_CornishAug. 26, 1311:01 PM

As a lifelong Democrat I don't have a problem with anything he said. Go Tony!

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johnmplsAug. 26, 1311:09 PM

The US has the highest homicide rate of any developed country. That is a horrendous fact. What ISN'T reported is that the US NON-FIREARM homicide rate is higher than the TOTAL homicide rate of all developed countries except Argentina. That means even with 100 millions of guns in the US available to everyone, more people in the US kill others without using a gun than any other country does with or without guns. We have a MURDER problem.....NOT a gun problem. Yes, increase the gun laws, but PLEASE, start a discussion on the REAL problem!

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klondikekidAug. 26, 1311:54 PM

yosher, do a little homework before you lazily imply something like this. In 2012, Cornish's largest contributor was a private individual who gave $500. The largest industry from which he received money was that deemed "Health Professionals", who provided a lousy $650 to his "war chest". In six terms in the House, the largest yearly contribution he received was in 2008 when the House Republican Campaign Committee of Minnesota gave $5,000. In fact, after public subsidy (for campaigns) and party committee contributions, in SIX TERMS the largest aggregate sums of donations from any industry is $1,400 from the aforementioned "Health Professionals". Are you getting the picture here? For anyone to suggest that his principals are of a certain way he must be "bought and paid for" is just the kind of simplistic rhetoric that unfortunately too many (particularly leftwing folks) scribe to in hopes of making politically advantaged points. Instead, I submit to you that he is representative of the views shared in his district on a wide arrange of issues, including guns.

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climategateAug. 27, 13 3:01 AM

Johnny, johnny. I know this will be embarrassing to you, but you forgot one word in the article headline: It should read: Leading gun control advocate talks tough, gets taken to task.

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