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January 7th, 2016 — 1st Amendment, 2nd Amendment, Bob Litz, Brandon, County Commission, Elections, Minnehaha County, School Funding, SF School District, Sioux Falls
”He who would trade liberty for some temporary security, deserves neither liberty nor security.” – Ben Franklin
Voting is the cornerstone of a free democracy, so where should this exercise take place? Well, probably in a public place, but Brandon & SF School District officials are saying “Not so Fast”;
Sioux Falls Schools officials have told county election managers that Hawthorne won’t be available for voting this election, citing security concerns.
Bob Bray, risk assessment manager for the Sioux Falls School District, said the building’s layout and scheduling make it hard to keep voters and students separate.
First off Mr. Bray, kids can be shot anywhere, parks, churches, walking down the street, and an election being held in your school is NOT going to increase that risk, and I almost question if you are using school shootings as an excuse.
Secondly, schools are publicly funded, and I almost question the legality of the districts denying access for an election, and would challenge Auditor Litz to dig up the laws on it.
Thirdly, the irony of all this couldn’t be more hypocritical. In a state where we scream and hollar about gun rights and being able to carry guns anywhere, we turn our backs on the very people who carry these guns and say, “Not in our facilities.” Well we can’t have it both ways. Until we change our culture about guns in South Dakota, there will still be shootings, whether they are accidental, intentional, or in a church or school setting, elections have little to do with when they occur.
Let’s end the paranoia, and stop the musical precincts;
Minnehaha County Commissioner Dick Kelly said he’s concerned the move will contribute to voter confusion during an important election.
“I think it is unfortunate you have to vote here one day, vote here another then vote here the next,” Kelly said
Litz agreed the search for polling places is a joint effort, requiring cooperation between the district and the county.
Never thought Bob and Dick would be the words of wisdom on this one, but they are right. Consistency helps with voter turnout.
May 19th, 2015 — 2nd Amendment, Rapid City, Sam Kooiker, Steve Allender
While I agree with Allender on the ban of certain kinds of ammo and firearms, he seems to be struggling a little with the US Constitution (From his FB page);
Good thing Sam cleared it up for him;
The chief and I are in serious disagreement here. Defending the Constitution is everyone’s job, especially elected public officials. It may interest the chief to know that the first line of the Oath of Office for the mayor of Rapid City reads as follows:
“I solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States…”
Hey! Sam, you might want to pass that little tidbit of civic advice onto our police department, city attorney’s office, mayor’s office and the city council, some of them don’t seem to get that whole ‘oath’ thingy.
February 26th, 2014 — 1st Amendment, 2nd Amendment, abortion, Gun Control, Guns on Campus, State Funding, State Legislature
I care about children, but only the unborn with genetic disorders that are either a male or female and come from the hand of God, not a monkey. After they are born, they are on their own.
Every year, Pierre changes it’s name to ‘Guns & Abortion, SD’ for about 40 days, and our legislature wastes time on guns and abortion legislation. Their reasons? They care about children. Really?
Well this year, as in the past, they had a chance to tell us just how much they do care about kids, you know, the ones that are born and living already. Some of them failed.
You would think after watching this year after year a group that large couldn’t be that ignorant. I must clarify, some Republicans get it, I am talking about the extreme right that think the earth is 6,000 years old and evolution isn’t based on science.
So let’s look at their failures;
• Supporting anti-science, secular education while censoring evolution science. The right wingers think they are doing the children of the state a favor by teaching them anti-science supported creationism, while instilling theological ideas into the public schools ignoring separation of church and state. This is a civics and science lesson gone awry. It goes against everything the 1st Amendment is about, and is more harmful to children then helpful.
• Legislating and teaching Hate. This one speaks for itself, making it legal to discriminate against a person based on their sexual orientation. This one thankfully failed, but that it even came up as legislation is pretty scary.
• Full Medicare expansion. This isn’t rocket science. Not only would it help a lot of children and keeping their working parents healthy it would put $200 million into the state economy. Of course some of legislators, like Isaac Latterell believe that the Federal Government is broke and a day of reckoning is coming where we won’t be getting money from the Feds anymore. Yup, Isaac, Ronald Reagan was using that talking point before you were born. As one of the legislators said in the last coffee, “If you have concerns as a constituent of how the Federal government is spending Federal funds, you need to bring it up with your Washington delegation, not state representatives.”
• Removing the sales tax on food. Democratic representative Marc Feinstein has been trying to remove the tax for years, unsuccessfully. For obvious reasons, removing this tax would help children. I have suggested instead of raising the taxes on other things – three adjustments could be made. 1) Remove the tax from raw, preparable and fresh foods only 2) Tax all products at the same rate-4% 3) Tax advertising.
• Denying counties a share of state sales tax revenue while voting against more lenient enforcement of non-violent offenders, like marijuana users. Why is the county getting further and further behind? Crime and the clogged court system. This also has to do with the safety of our children. When we simply just fine non-violent offenders instead of incarcerating them, we free up law enforcement and the courts to handle the more violent and serious crimes. This makes our community safer, and ultimately children safer.
So while the Right Wingers are busy talking about abortion and guns to keep our children safe and healthy, the work that actually that should be done is going straight over their heads . . . as usual. Some things never change in Guns & Abortion, SD.
July 26th, 2013 — 2nd Amendment, Gun Control, Sioux Falls
When I first heard about this gun rally coming this Saturday, I said to myself, “Here we go again.”
I guess I am wondering what they are trying to accomplish? If it is already LEGAL to open carry guns in South Dakota, what is the purpose of this demonstration? To show off?
I support 2nd Amendment rights, but I also support being logical, reasonable and diplomatic. Just because you CAN carry a weapon in public, does that mean you have to? Seriously?
Gun rights advocates planning a walk this weekend in Sioux Falls might have some unarmed company.
Sioux Falls resident and Mitchell pastor Kristi McLaughlin says she’s organizing an alternative demonstration.
Members of the South Dakota Open Carry Sioux Falls Chapter plan a Saturday evening walk in which participants will have guns holstered on hips or slung over shoulders. Organizers say the goal is to raise awareness of gun rights laws and help residents feel at ease when they see someone carrying a gun. It’s legal in most places in South Dakota as long as the gun isn’t concealed.
McLaughlin says she doesn’t want to attack the constitutional right to bear arms, but she questions whether society should be comfortable with people carrying guns in the streets.
Why not teach the public about how not to be paranoid that everyone is out to kill, maim or steal from you. If these demonstrators are so fearful of their fellow American citizens that they have to carry guns everywhere they go, may I suggest they just stay home, it would be much safer then standing on a busy street.
December 15th, 2012 — 2nd Amendment, Gun Control, Guns on Campus
I usually don’t comment about this stuff, because the best solutions to our problems are obvious.
Cartoonist Ombre, Hector Curriel says it best;
July 21st, 2012 — 2nd Amendment, Gun Control
This is an excellent article about gun control;
Americans do a great job of proclaiming our collective shock and outrage when some nut for the gazillionth time opens fire on a crowd of innocent bystanders at a movie theater, a college, a high school, a museum, or a post office, but at some point, if we aren’t going to do anything about it, maybe it’s time we stopped the charade of pretending we actually care.
How many times does someone have to drown in front of us, while we do nothing (and, instead, actually enable the death), before it’s time to conclude that perhaps we are part of the problem?
Like I have said in the past, I support 2nd Amendment rights. What I don’t support is making it too easy for people to get guns. Before you are allowed to drive, you must first pass a test. What test do gun owners have to pass about safety and proper handling of guns? And seriously, may I am ignorant to such a test existing, but I can’t find one.
This is a song about gun violence, that almost got censored at the Supersucker’s concerts after Columbine. Because, you know, songs kill people, not guns.
July 12th, 2012 — 2nd Amendment, Sioux Falls
“Hey, I forgot to bring the hot dogs for a picnic, but I did remember the heat.” (Image: KELO-TV screenshot)
Like I have said in the past, I support 2nd Amendment rights. While some may applaud the mayor for changing this policy, he really had no choice;
And the group is happy you can also go to the ball diamond and the bike trails, even the decision was made because previous policy stood on shaky legal legs.
But hey, pretty soon we are going to challenge those ‘shaky legs’ with a text ban. Oh boy.
June 17th, 2012 — 2nd Amendment, Sioux Falls
I think I am going to host a 1st Amendment supporter picnic. There will be one rule though, every sentence you speak has to have a cuss word in it, for example, “Pass me the f’ing hot dog buns, Goddammit!” or “Man, this Coke is colder then a well diggers ass.” You get the idea. I might even invite the 2nd Amendment supporters to come! “Hey, piece of sh*t, why don’t you put your gun down for two f’ing seconds and hand me a bag of chips.”
They seem like a fun bunch, paranoia and all;
“But if people do see us while we are out and about, we hope that they will see that law-abiding citizens can carry a firearm for their and their family’s protection in a responsible and safe manner,”
Yeah, because Sioux Falls is so unsafe!
I have lived in Sioux Falls for over 20 years, and I have never been attacked and I have never carried a weapon. Remember the last time stray bullets went flying in a neighborhood it was the SFPD that was firing them. If you think you need a gun to feel safe in SF, I suggest you quit your job as a C-Store or Casino clerk.
March 28th, 2011 — 2nd Amendment
I took a screenshot of this before the Argue Endorser takes down the comments from this story;
WOW! Threatening cops on a public forum. Real classy. And gun rights people wonder why we call them ‘Nuts’? I support 2nd Amendment rights, but for all the right reasons. Once you stop permitting citizens to have guns the only people with them are military, authorities and criminals. Gun rights are important, but some people think that we live in such a dangerous world we should be locked and loaded at all times. This isn’t Kandahar, Afghanistan folks, this is podunck, South Dakota where most people use guns on critters. I haven’t met one single police officer who says they are itching to pop someone off, in fact, most would like to avoid the use of firearms at all costs. Do I think there are some police who abuse their power, sure, but I have never experienced them threatening me with a firearm.
I think representative Hunhoff said it best;
“It’s a brilliant marketing technique,” said Bernie Hunhoff, a Democratic state representative from Yankton. “(Obama) has not made any move to regulate gun ownership. That’s something that’s been pushed by Glenn Beck and G. Gordon Liddy.”
and Ben Nesselhuf adds;
The concern about gun control is more about political fundraising for pro-gun groups such as the National Rifle Association than political reality, Nesselhuf said.
“That’s how they make their money – by scaring people into worrying about things that aren’t going to happen,” Nesselhuf said.
If Democrats are so concerned about guns and violence why do they continue to vote for funding of the wars in the middle east. Here’s the deal, nobody is taking your guns away. Get over it.
February 20th, 2009 — 2nd Amendment
But he is absolutely spot on about this idiotic legislation (From KELO-TV);
A controversial gun bill making its way through the South Dakota legislature could shoot holes in policies designed to protect the public.
HB1278 says no town, county or township can restrict where someone can carry a gun. And that’s not sitting well with some.
The sign on the door at Sioux Falls’ City Hall says no firearms allowed. But if a new gun bill passes in the legislature, this sign and others on city property would have to come down.
“To me, that’s not good legislation,” Sioux Falls Mayor Dave Munson said.
Munson calls it a ridiculous bill that should be shot down.
“My biggest problem is I really don’t think people should carry weapons on city property,” Munson said.
Including the Arena, where thousands gather for events.
“What would happen if that goes off accidentally or on purpose? You’d have a stampede that you wouldn’t believe,” Munson said.
Sioux Falls has had an executive order banning weapons from city property since 1995.
But supporters of the bill are locked and loaded ready to fight to make sure the bill passes. Representative Don Kopp of Rapid City says it’s a constitutional right to carry a gun with a permit.
“There’s no way in state law that a municipality or township or county have the authority to excerpt state law that was issued in 1983 that is designed to keep the gun law uniform around the state of South Dakota,” Kopp said.
Kopp says even the strongest gun laws in the world can’t stop someone from committing a crime.
“The only people that do these types of things are people who aren’t going to bother to get a permit,” Kopp said.
The bill already has won approval in the House on a vote of 46-20 and is now in the Senate.
The 2nd Amendment DOES give you the right to own and operate a firearm, but it DOES NOT give you the right to endanger others. This is simply a public safety policy. Remember in Atlanta a couple of years back what happens when people bring guns into a courtroom. This isn’t the wild west stop being hillbillies and get some real work done in Pierre.