Don’t Forget Kirsten Baesler Supported Gun Confiscation

North Dakota State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Kirsten Baesler. (Photo via screenshot.)

One of the most controversial bills during the 2019 Legislative Session was House Bill 1537— also known as the “Red Flag Law”. Unfortunately, 8 of its 10 sponsors were Republicans.

As explained by the Gun Owners of America:

“… 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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Sources:

  1. https://www.legis.nd.gov/assembly/66-2019/documents/19-0337-04000.pdf
  2. https://www.theminutemanblog.com/2019/01/15/nd-republican-traitors-stand-with-democrats-on-red-flag-gun-law/
  3. https://www.theminutemanblog.com/2019/02/19/breaking-red-flag-bill-dies-in-ironic-17-76-vote/
  4. https://www.facebook.com/KFYRtv/videos/523047428189831/UzpfSTYyODE1Mjk4OToxMDE1NzA2MjE4Nzc2Mjk5MA/?comment_id=10157062336612990&notif_id=1547603820264155&notif_t=feed_comment
  5. https://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/north-dakota-lawmakers-pitch-gun-seizure-bill-as-life-saving/article_6dec0e28-9d15-5a42-9cb0-36635d293c91.html
  6. https://www.theminutemanblog.com/2020/02/29/baeslers-rocky-past-alcohol-use-poor-record-as-dpi-superintendent/
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T. Arthur Mason is a native North Dakotan who has spent nearly all of his life in the Peace Garden State. As the third of four children in Western North Dakota, Mason grew to appreciate family and the outdoors. Some of his fondest memories are annual deer hunts with family and friends. In his early teenage years, faith became a central part of T. Arthur Mason's life. He and the majority of his family attend church together on a weekly basis and find this a fulfilling aspect of their lives. Through the influence of his father, T. Arthur Mason became intrigued with politics. As a boy, he attended political events with his father and enjoyed the friendships that resulted as a byproduct of those political associations. As Mason grew older, he became convinced that the quote often attributed to Thomas Jefferson was true, "That government is best which governs least." Today, T. Arthur Mason enjoys time with his wife and children, an occasional hunt, and an increasingly active life on the political scene. This blog is the fulfillment of a dream to design a web site in the realm of politics and to advocate for the principles of Liberty and constitutionally limited government. On behalf of all those that contribute to The Minuteman, we hope you enjoy your time on the site and will share the message with others.