There are many reasons…

…to choose to carry a handgun for self defense. Stalwart Second Amendment supporter and blogger Doug Hester writes about one that folks think about less often: Pit Bull

Why I carry a handgun for protection, Vol. 53

So that if ourselves and our German shepherd suddenly get attacked in a suburban park by three vicious off-leash pit bulls we will be able to successfully fight off the attacking canines, just like Kirkland, Washington resident Tim Lewis did last Saturday.

Read the whole thing here.

Senate leadership kills Stand Your Ground

We have received word that the Republican leadership in the Minnesota Senate has decided to kill The Defense of Dwelling and Person Act by not bringing it to the Senate floor for a vote. The Senate leadership did not sacrifice SF 1357 for other priorities. They made a deliberate, political decision to refuse to put the bill on Governor Dayton’s desk. The Senate leadership was not forced into this retreat by the DFL or anti-gun groups. They decided, unilaterally, to give up on this important civil rights legislation. The Senate leadership did not run out of time. The Senate doesn’t have to finish before Monday at midnight. They could still hear the bill if the leadership does their job. Please call and email the Senate leadership NOW, and respectfully demand that the bill get an immediate hearing. You might also want to email and call your own senator, especially if he/she is a Republican, with the same message. Tell them that Minnesota gun owners vote — and that they have very long memories. Here is the Senate leadership: Majority Leader Amy Koch (651) 296-5981 Deputy Majority Leader Geoff Michel (651) 296-6238 Assistant Majority Leader David Hann (651) 296-1749 You might want to mention to Senator Hann that forcing correspondents to use a web form is NOT very convenient or service-oriented) Assistant Majority Leader Doug Magnus (651) 296-5650 Assistant Majority Leader David Senjem (651) 296-3903 Assistant Majority Leader Dave Thompson (651) 296-5252 Majority Whip Chris Gerlach (651) 296-4120 President of the Senate Michelle Fischbach (651) 296-2084 President Pro Tem Gen Olson (651) 296-1282 All at once (except for Hann):,,,,,,, Or with semicolons (except for Hann):;;;;;;;

Defense of Dwelling and Person Act hits Minnesota Senate today

Just a quick update:

The Defense of Dwelling and Person Act of 2011 will be heard in the Minnesota Senate today — probably in the late afternoon. This should be the last step before the bill goes to Governor Dayton.

If you haven’t called and emailed your senator in support of the bill, now would be an excellent time.

Please keep an eye out for more update messages this evening, and this weekend. We will probably ask for your help in one more big push this weekend.