Rep. Tony Cornish wore a semi-automatic rifle pin to today's gun control hearing [PHOTO]

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Cornish is all about the good things in life -- guns, incarceration, and the bald-faced sale of political influence via lobbying.
This morning the legislature kicked off three days of gun control hearings, starring Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Good Thunder.

SEE ALSO: Minnesota lawmakers propose gun control legislation [VIDEO]

Cornish has emerged as the legislature's staunchest gun rights advocate -- a title he wore proudly, literally, on his chest today at the Capitol.

Here's a closeup:

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Cornish's flair items prompted Ed Kohler to opine, "I wish more politicians would wear the logos of the lobbyists they're working for. Nice precedent, Rep. Cornish."

Cornish also fell a little short of tactful when it came to his choice of words during this morning's hearing. From Capitol reporter Jennifer Brooks: Yikes!

The Star Tribune details the specifics of today's proceedings:
First up was a bill sponsored by the committee chairman, Rep. Michael Paymar, DFL-St. Paul,that would expand state background checks that now apply to sales of pistols and assault weapons by licensed gun dealers. Paymar said his bill would extend the same checks to gun shows, internet sales and private sales.

Currently, he said these are "loopholes" that allow people who are not legally allowed to purchase weapons -- such as violent felons and people who have been committed for mental illness -- to buy guns.

The second bill, proposed by Rep. Dan Schoen, DFL-St. Paul Park, would allow local police departments to take a person's known mental health issues into account when deciding whether to grant a permit to purchase weapons.

Representatives of the state's police officers and police chiefs spoke in favor of Paymar's bill, saying it was a reasonable way to keep guns out of the wrong hands. Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek, emphasizing that he supports the 2nd Amendment as a constitutional right, spoke in favor of Schoen's bill.
But in the words of the Mankato Free Press, "Cornish said he and NRA lobbyists believe all of the bills introduced are flawed." With regard to the bill that would expand background checks, Cornish is concerned it "will require a state or federal gun registration system that he opposes."

Meanwhile, gun control-skeptical Republicans are framing the hearings as yet another example of how the DFL is veering off the budget-and-jobs track they vowed to adhere to in the weeks leading up to the legislative session:

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kathimaloneyk
kathimaloneyk

Tony Cornish is a scary guy. I don't think he represents the good people of southern MN on this issue. 

Joseph Drizzle
Joseph Drizzle

Because the body count from assault rifles is so high in Minnesota...

webcelt
webcelt

I guess the DFL should have said, "We know lots of people have just been killed and you would normally think the government would look for ways to do something about it, but the incidents happened after the election, and we ran on other stuff, so, you know, sorry. Nothing we can do".

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

"I wish more politicians would wear the logos of the lobbyists they're working for. Nice precedent, Rep. Cornish."


Melissa Peterson
Melissa Peterson

And I more than likely pay a shit ton more taxes than most of you!

Melissa Peterson
Melissa Peterson

If the news actually reported things or if you could read ED reports there is alarming amount of GSWs lately against unarmed individuals. I legally carry, I will not be a victim. I am a nurse, scoutmaster, single-mother, knitter/quilter, tattooed, pierced Harley rider and I vote!

Jean Claude Cau
Jean Claude Cau

What's with the handcuffs? Some light bondage or S&M scene?

pthorn01
pthorn01

aaaaaaannnnnndddddddd??????  I wonder how many legislators wore pins in support of gay marriage during the drive for marriage equality?  Can someone not support something they believe in without getting ridiculed by liberals?  God the liberal mind is fucked in the way they comprehend!  Preach one direction, yet act the opposite! Ha, get a life chumps! 

Dan Mason
Dan Mason

For once Mary Franson gets it right, the legislature needs to concentrate on the economy and jobs not some special-interest boondoggle like gun control.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

PINKO!!! how about supporting U.S. made weapons 


also, how did Mary Franson get to where she is with such a lackluster IQ

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@pthorn01 aaannnnnddd... it is not appropriate for a elected official to be a walking billboard. It is very, very uncouth.

not to mention he is avoiding the issue at hand and kissing ass

keny1
keny1

@pthorn01  

That's why they're called the Party of the Tolerant.

edkohler
edkohler

@Dan Mason Maybe this is a jobs bill? The folks at Accent Signage lost their jobs when they were killed at work. 

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

FYI, there are SKS variants made in the US, RedJacket comes to mind. Actually better quality than the original AK type.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@digitalprotocol  Same way as Pelosi, Jackson Lee, Feinstein.. The list is long..  Rubber stamp voters in gerrymandered districts.


_Joe_
_Joe_

@digitalprotocol Please explain "avoiding the issue at hand."  Seems EVERYONE is "avoiding the issue at hand" by going after a model of firearm that is the least used in crime....

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@CinBlueland neat fact considering all countries with a military produce sks varients

ak47s are produced in china and the eastern bloc- thats what is sold, and thats what people have. 

FYI a semi-auto "assault rifle" can be fired AS fast as a fully automatic weapon, by a CHILD

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

So DP.. going to meet me in hell.. Awesome! Umm which hell? of which god?  Really.. when I check in I want to make sure we're on the same plane. 

So now that were past the metaphysical of what might be.. (I won't tell his reddit buddies he believes in a a god) 

Other than disagreeing with you makes me a godless troll? Maybe you should talk to your debate teacher at HS or College and show him this.. 

You've been punked on facts, and you've resorted to invective to prove a false point... Sorry you lose.


_Joe_
_Joe_

@CinBlueland difficult to know to whom you are replying when you don't clear the nested others.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

Nope, don't believe in hell. At best I'm resigned to try here again to be a better warrior.. so said Mars


CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@digitalprotocol @_Joe_ @CinBlueland Look you want to post "Mpl weapon free zone at last" it's your call. 

Wish you the best of luck. BTW is your gf cute? Heard she might need some condolences. 


digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@_Joe_ @CinBlueland 

i rarely drink, thanks though for the slick wordplay.

  CinBlue  you are a straight psycho and perhaps one of the biggest LOSER ASS TROLLS. 


see you both in hell

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@_Joe_ @CinBlueland Nothing against you Joe, you've been civil in all this.. Lots of comments and I'm calling it a night. 

Let me know when DP is putting up his address on craigslist though.  Although, not sure I want a beer crate bed, or beer keg table.


_Joe_
_Joe_

@CinBlueland Read the article.  Read the comments (unfortunately).

Still have no idea what DP is talking about.  Can only assume alcohol is involved.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

DP please show me the real link that I can convert my 16 or 47 to full auto. It would be informative. 

Sorry 99% of backlot conversions.. ya you have a single shot that jams on every round. I know armory guys.. It just isn't that simple as filing down a shear or cog. I know MSNBC said it is possible, and in straight logic theory kinda maybe.. 

But in reality, not something your average psycho or banger is going to invest in. 

Want to kill, maim, hurt a lot of ppl, get a couple of 6 shot shot guns, load with 00 and well we're having a killing spree. add in a pistol or two and oh well we're going to die anyways lets throw in the explosive vest.. 

The assault gun ban is a stupid waste of time. (again) Useless feelgood laws..  Again how well did that work in OK?

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@CinBlueland @digitalprotocol @_Joe_ BUMPFIRE respond to that....are you afraid of a gangbanger killing you? respond to that. I love how they look, yet i dont have one... respond to that....you're into motorcycles? respond to that.

you guys havent even read the article or the comments it seems. it seems you are doing the same bullshit move as this cornish oaf : when people want to talk about restrictions on guns, YOU YELL ABOUT GUNS. Effectively stopping all progress

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@digitalprotocol @CinBlueland @_Joe_ You been hanging out with MB or is this just a dupe login??

I find distance shooting relaxing, never once thought of actually killing my fellow employees, mgr or others. 


_Joe_
_Joe_

@keny1 do you let Limbaugh diddle your giblets with his cigar?

_Joe_
_Joe_

@digitalprotocol You lost me at "bump fire"  That proves beyond the shadow of doubt you don't know what you're talking about.  I've never been able to "bump fire" a single firearm of mine, and if I could, I would fix it, as it was defective.

All that aside, I don't care of much you jiggle a semi-auto prone to "bump fire."  You will never attain the fire rate it's full auto brothers.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@digitalprotocol @CinBlueland @_Joe_ So you're advocating violence to prove a point?

That aside, are you that dumb? You don't know who I am, you don't know my training level. You don't know my mental stability!!! 

Dude I'm trying to help you a little here. I'm a responsible non gun owner here who practices on the occasional weekend at best. I don't want to see you to come to any harm.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@digitalprotocol @_Joe_ Good for you, you're almost a responsible weapon owner. You like many others realize the power and lethality there. Where you forget to draw the line is many of us just do this for sport. 

Ever read Zen of Motorcycle repair? Same thing, if you're a precision target shooter it's a zen relaxation thing. 

You're locked on how it looks.. Dude look up the Texas shooting.. It's the intent to use.

Most gang killing are at under 10', would you feel better if your skull was crushed with a hammer?

keny1
keny1

@_Joe_Do you take cocks up your ass?  You said you are a Liberal.  Just Sayin''

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@_Joe_ sorry bud that holds no water. Any novice can bumpfire your stupid gun and shoot as fast as fully auto. you can also easily look on web to find what part to replace or file down to get a machine gun BRO! 

I think military style weapons are some of the sweetest things i've ever seen in my life. I want them all just like you. the only difference is i am educated and realize the consequences of having such power at the tip of my fingers.

Barry O is coming for your cache SON!

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@digitalprotocol@_Joe_"His stupid AK47 pin, his fat pig mouth, and his obvious disregard for common sense"

So you can't tell the difference from an SKS, or Semi AK variant, throw in hatred of law enforcement (who you want to collect said weapons) and then throw in any who disagree as lacking common sense. 

Any chance we can post your address as a weapon free zone?  Just saying.. You want it for the rest of us, you first.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@keny1 Please be so kind as to STFU.  I AM a liberal thank you very much.

keny1
keny1

@_Joe_ You can't debate with Liberals. They are brainwashed by the Kool Aid Obama Nation Administration.  Let them be. They will die by their own accord. Just let them.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@digitalprotocol Well slurs aside, I think he's supporting the rights of Americans who are suddenly being treated like criminals despite the fact that OUR rifles have never been misused.  And you make my point for me when you say "military style."  The civilian AR is a semi auto version of the "military" version.  There is no selective fire.  One shot per trigger pull.  It LOOKS the same, but functions differently at a fundamental level.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@_Joe_  you're playing devils advocate i hope...

He is avoiding talking a--- wait -HE IS A BLATANT STOOGE

look at his tie!!!

he is avoiding talking about any measure of reform with regards to guns by talking about guns. His stupid AK47 pin, his fat pig mouth, and his obvious disregard for common sense all leads me to believe he is doing nothing for improving the common good.

Your military style weaponry WILL be confiscated from you, im quite sure.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@_Joe_ @CinBlueland  Think I just covered that. As soon as he's willing to publicly post himself as a weapon free zone.. I'll agree to his Chicago form of weapons control.


_Joe_
_Joe_

@CinBlueland Careful boss.   All they heard was "I'm going to agree with DP on this one"

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@digitalprotocol @CinBlueland Joe, others.. I'm going to agree with DP on this one.. Yes with a hellfire trigger, proper gas chamber setup, proper ammunition, good magazine clip properly cleaned.. In theory you can dump 30 rounds as fast as an fully automatic. 

DP, now answer me, what banging thug who actually uses one of these in a drive by etc (Less than 1%)  Has dumped 10k into his weapon and then spent another grand on ammunition to be proficient.

Look the stats prove you wrong, most "gang shootings" are done with pistols. Pistols obtained by straw buyers (fast and furious) or other illegal means.. Their registration to their original legal purchaser is meaningless. 


_Joe_
_Joe_

@digitalprotocol you are fucking slow in the head, you know that?  You go to the range and rent a full auto rifle and a semi-auto rifle and report back to us how wrong you really are.

For christ's sake even basic PHYSICS is against you on this one.

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