Rep. Pete Stauber extolls gun rights during Brainerd visit

Rep. Pete Stauber extolls gun rights during Brainerd visit

Government and Politics The discussion involved a mixture of national politics and personal convictions that played out in every back-and-forth interaction. BRAINERD, Minn. — Congressman Pete Stauber visited Brainerd Tuesday, June 1, for an intimate session with supporters regarding gun rights and the Second Amendment. “I know that the Second Amendment is an important part of our way of life throughout Minnesota,” said Stauber, R-Hermantown. “We must remain vigilant to protect our rights, which is why I called you all here to have a robust discussion on how we can do this. … I want to hear from you. I want to hear stories, ideas, suggestions to make sure that we as law-abiding citizens and our rights aren’t infringed upon. That the Second Amendment isn’t infringed.” Stauber’s discussion drew roughly 30 people to the Brainerd Exchange, an event space at the Northern Pacific Center, in a conversation that mixed the personal and the political. On one hand, Stauber said, the event was prompted by Democrats, where statements by President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and controversial nominees to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have drawn the ire of conservatives. On the other hand, Stauber invoked personal experiences, starting with his own brushes with gun violence during his career as a Duluth police officer. Stauber recounted an attack on Republican lawmakers during a baseball practice in June 2017 that resulted in the wounding of Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana. Scalise’s armed guards were the difference between […]

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