Video: Talking State Budget And Gun Control On Valley News Live

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Tonight I was on television for the first time ever. Chris Berg had me on the 6:30 Point of View segment on tonight’s Valley News Live broadcast (I phoned it in from Minot by way of Skype).

I was on opposite John Strand, editor of the High Plains Reader, and we talked gun control and the state’s budget in a segment that was entirely too short.

But hey, time flies when you’re having fun. Here’s the video (hint: I’m the chubby one with the beard).

Valley News Live – KVLY/KXJB – Fargo/Grand Forks

I wish I’d gotten a chance to rebut Mr. Strand’s last comments about gun violence in America. He said he doesn’t believe it’s going down, but that’s not really something in which belief is optional. It’s fact. It may be devastating for the case anti-gun people make for gun control, but the simple fact is that even as gun ownership has proliferated in America gun crime has gone down according to the FBI’s national statistics and has been trending down for decades:

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I won’t go so far as to say that more guns in society means less crime (though I certainly believe in advantages of a society that takes self defense seriously), but clearly the correlation between guns and more/deadlier crime doesn’t actually exist.

I also wasn’t fond of the way Strand talked about the oil boom, as if it were an invasion of these foreign cretins here to wreck our state. That is patently unfair. Yes, North Dakota is changing and not always for the good, but the people coming here are human beings looking to work and provide for themselves and their loved ones.

How about a little compassion?

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • flame

    First shot on the tube and ya came out with misinformation about gun statistics. Gun ownership in American down, gun owners hoarding up. Gun violence in America is up as individual gun ownership has decreased.

    I guess they will let anyone say stupid things on the tube?

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Of course, the problem is that gun violence in America is actually down. Gun murders are down. Gun assaults are down.

      And yes, gun ownership is up. In 2001 gun owners were 84 out of every 100 Americans. Now they’re 88.8 per 100. Gun manufacturing is up too. Some 3.7 million were manufactured in the US in 2001. There were 6.1 million manufactured in 2011.

      So yes, they let me say things on the television, but they’re pretty factual.

      • two_amber_lamps

        Hannitard never let facts, statistics, or truth get in the way of his liberal fascist rants.

        • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

          LOL. Individual gun ownership has been steadily been decreasing since 2008.

          http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/files/2012/07/gun-ownership-declining1.png

          Gun ownership in 1970 was between 50-60% of households now it’s around 30-35% and pistols and shotguns are around 20%.

          LOL.

          • two_amber_lamps

            Let’s say for a moment a pollster came to my door asking questions as to how many firearms I own…. or via telephone, or a questionnaire at a doctors office…

            Do you really think I’m going to self-report to a gun-grabbing agenda-laden leftist?

            Now multiply that times the tens of millions of legal gun-owning 2nd Amendment fearing people in this country… last time I checked the 2nd Amendment said nothing like “register your guns” or tell the leftist hack how many guns you have so they can foist some false conclusion on the ignorant masses.

            This gettin thru your thick skull son?

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Nobodies going to come knocking on your card board box. They fear you will just try and rob them for another drink.

            Lay off the juice.

          • two_amber_lamps

            Nope…. not a word penetrated that chunk of concrete.

            10th Amendment? Ever hear of that?

            Silly tranny…. your boardies are stained yell and reek of pi$$… AGAIN.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            All you have is your booze, foul mouth and low-class.

            Enjoy.

          • LenYol

            Poor little hanni, Rob’s pet troll. All alone, again, sitting on a blog all night long typing with one hand and hoping you didn’t run out of your chlamydia meds.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Wow, your stalking has you up pretty late, eh Flamer? The only thing i have been diagnosed with is a case of awesomeness, you might want to check to see if you caught it, but I seriously doubt it.

          • LenYol

            The only flamer is you, when you use his screen name. You’re as awesome as a fart in a wind storm. It’s not late here tiny troll, it’s early morning and I just got in from partying.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Man, that self employed job you have must be booming while your sleeping all day from wasting your time out at night and on this blog all day trying to stalk everyone, hopped up on coke. You’re about as awesome as Rob crapping a diarrhea fart on a closed toilet seat.

          • LenYol

            Why are you obsessed with Rob’s crap and farts, is that what turns you on, little fluffer? I’m sure if you ask Rob nicely, he’ll ship you some of his crap so you can drool over it and use it for your makeup. You better get to sleep now little troll, the fryers need to be cleaned out before you start cleaning the toilets. I’m off to to my self employed job. Buh…Bye.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            So now that you’ve coked up you’re going out to mow some lawns and get paid cash so you can continue to collect your unemployment check?

            Oh, look, crazy troll; some of you are now stalking a hero from the Sandy Hook spree killing:

            http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/gene-rosen-sandy-hook-conspiracy-155033813.html

            A man who found six children in his driveway in Newtown, Conn., after their teacher had been shot and killed in last month’s school massacre has become the target of conspiracy theorists who believe the shootings were staged.

            “I don’t know what to do,” Gene Rosen told Salon.com. “I’m getting hang-up calls, I’m getting some calls, I’m getting emails with, not direct threats, but accusations that I’m lying, that I’m a crisis actor, ‘How much am I being paid?’”

            Rosen, a 69-year-old retired psychologist who lives near Sandy Hook Elementary School where the shootings took place, says his inbox is filled with emails like this one:

            How are all those little students doing? You know, the ones that showed up at your house after the ‘shooting’. What is the going rate for getting involved in a gov’t sponsored hoax anyway?

          • Hal109

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JD7WDc50ZkQ

            At 30:46 there is a guy who sometimes uses the screen name flamer. Now I know why. What awesomeness! In fact, he thinks he is so awesome, he posts personal information on this blog and claims to have been diagnosed with a severe case of awesomeness.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            You don’t have to worry about being diagnosed with a case of awesomeness.

            At best you qualify for angry, bitter stalker who doesn’t do well with the ladies, or with life.

          • two_amber_lamps

            Can’t answer with anything rational so you persist in character attacks… two can play that game. Ever get rid of that chlamydia? Or are you taking preemptive antibiotics for all those filthy whores you sleep with?

            Ever get those back taxes paid? You’re never going to have much in the way of credibility here on SAB with that big fat TAX LIEN hanging over you.

      • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

        Oh lord, that’s just as ignorant as it gets. Gun ownership has been steadily decreasing since 2008.

        http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/files/2012/07/gun-ownership-declining1.png

        So gun ownership is decreasing. Only an idiot would look at a graph dropping and claim it’s increasing.

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          It all depends on how you measure. A lot of people don’t like self reporting their gun ownership. This Gallup poll doesn’t show anything like the results you posted.

          “PRINCETON, NJ — Forty-seven percent of American adults currently report that they have a gun in their home or elsewhere on their property. This is up from 41% a year ago and is the highest Gallup has recorded since 1993, albeit marginally above the 44% and 45% highs seen during that period.”
          http://www.gallup.com/poll/150353/self-reported-gun-ownership-highest-1993.aspx

          But one thing we do know is that gun sales have gone through the roof under Obama. The number of guns in society is going up, but violent crime and gun crime is not. Meaning the correlation you try to draw is fictional.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            So that rule would apply back in 1977 as it would today, which still shows that individual gun ownership is down dramatically since then.

            You are confusing gun hoarders with individual gun owners per 100,000. Just because some gun nut collects 30 guns vs 10 doesn’t mean individual gun ownership across America is increasing.

            What we do know is that one of the gun hoarders lost their lives because their son got a hold of then and went on to shoot up a school.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            You aren’t fooling anyone with your lies and deception, Rob. You are just lying to people who are willing to remain ignorant. Do you think that makes you somebody special? Or do you just do it because you can’t get a real job?

          • Hal109

            Hanni, the company man is jealous of Rob. Since you have all the answers, why don’t you come out from under that corporate wing and build your own business?

          • Hal513

            Didn’t you know that hanni had a business? He stole fish from their natural habitat, most of them he killed, then he found a stooge to pay him for his failed business. In his mind that makes him a success.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Because there is a system in place that only rewards the wealthy. In order to go on your own in the field I work one would need millions in the bank just to fulfill an order. The credit lines from distribution could not be increased without millions in the bank. The system works in favor of the ultra rich.

            But none of this explains why Rob lied about individual gun ownership increasing while it has been steadily decreasing since 2008.

          • Hal109

            If you are as awesome as you claim, get a SBA loan and become one of those evil rich guys. You don’t have to stay at the bottom your entire life, this is still America.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Years ago my girlfriend got an SBA loan for only a few million, and she was a millionaire already. In my industry you need at least 10M in the bank. I know what it takes to get an SBA loan for 10M, you need to have big time cash flow. The system is designed for the wealthy and to benefit them.

          • Hal513

            Your girlfriend?? You mean one of those filthy, infected cum dumpsters that you sleep with? Brahahahaha!!! Is she a tax cheat too? Do you share your chlamydia meds with her or do you make her buy her own?
            And she’s a millionaire…WOW!!! I didn’t know a “fluffer” could earn that much $$$. Is that why you chose that field too?
            Come on little willie bonilla, tell us some more stories

          • Onslaught1066

            No, this one.

            She got a loan to start a tattoo parlor.

            It was a sad day for hanniturd and the end of his sex life the day she decided to practice on herself.

            [IMG]http://i41.tinypic.com/59qpy.jpg[/IMG]

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            The only thing I have been diagnosed with is a case of awesomeness, you might want to get checked to see if you caught it, but I doubt it.

            You’re just a coked up stalker who parties all night and fucks off during the day when he should be working.

          • Onslaught1066

            The only thing I have been diagnosed with is a case of awfulness

            There, fixed that for you.

            Now why don’t you toddle off to your sandbox of irrelevance and resume bobbing for Tootsie Rolls™?

          • Kerry

            “The only thing I have been diagnosed with is a case of awesomeness” LOL!!!
            i BELIEVE THAT SOME PEOPLE WERE BORN FOR A NOBLE PURPOSE. i BELIEVE THAT THE DESTINIES OF A FEW SPECIAL HUMAN BEINGS ARE OF A HIGHER ORDER. THAT FATE INTERVENES IN THE LIVES OF AN ELITE GROUP OF INDIVIDUALS AND CATAPULTS THEM ONTO A LOFTIER PLANE OF EXISTENCE.
            YOU, BEING A LOW LIFE, LYING TAX CHEAT, ARE NOT ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE.

          • Hal109

            Maybe she will pay your tax lien for you.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Did you stop snorting coke off of your guy friend long enough to get some sleep?

          • Hal513

            It appears you’re obsessed with coke and men…no one surprised.
            Are the men that screw you in the butt also infected, or is just the filthy women you pay for?

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      By the way, Hannitized, you’re not fooling anyone.

    • Thresherman

      Gun sales have been skyrocketing since Obama took office yet this tool claims gun ownership is down. To believe that takes a special kind of stupid.

    • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

      Still up to your old tricks, eh, Hanni?

    • Hal513

      It’s hanni, stealing Flame’s screen name!!!

  • kevindf

    Strand is quite the drama queen.

  • WOOF

    The direct gun crime link is that a gun is required.
    Other statistics are questionable.
    “children who ingested high levels of lead in the ’40s and ’50s were
    more likely to become violent criminals in the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s.

    Tulane University toxicologist Howard Mielke studied six cities-
    Atlanta, Chicago, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, New Orleans, and San Diego –
    and found that every one percent increase in the metric tons of lead
    emitted from a car’s exhaust resulted in 1.59 more aggravated assaults
    per 100,000 people, according to Business Standard.”

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      The direct gun crime link is that a gun is required.

      A gun is not required for crime.

      • Thresherman

        Knives are used in more murders in the US than all long guns including so-called assault rifles.

        But the only way Woof can believe his own views is to decide that anything that challenges his point of view is questionable and anything that supports it is undeniable.

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          Aren’t bats and hammers used in more killings than guns too? Or something like that?

          Regardless, America is definitely a more violent society compared to our global peers. And i do think that’s something we need to talk about. But guns aren’t the cause of that problem.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Reductio Ad Absurdum. That’s all you’ve got, kid.

          • Hal109

            He’s got you hooked. You are such a loyal customer.

        • borborygmi

          True; I am surprised they couldn’t find a pistol. I notice you didn’t say anything about the number of people killed by pistols. I mean if you want to play a numbers game

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            But nobody is talking about a handgun ban. It’s the assault weapons been that’s on the table.

          • yy4u2

            They’ll bring up the handgun ban right after finding success in stirring up the sheople and crafting some legislation that fits their needs. These people are from the same cloth as the anti-smoking in public, in private businesses, and now going for the whole state.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            It’s cyclical with the gun grabbers. In California, in the ’80s it was handguns. After that Long Island commuter train shooting it was hand guns. Some years back, there was talk about “sniper rifles” (in case your old bolt action fell in the cracks between banning “assault rifles” and everything else).

            Gun banners are bottom feeders. They will ghoulishly latch on to any tragedy to try to advance their political goal of eliminating the private ownership of firearms, one weapon at a time.

      • WOOF

        it is for a “gun crime”

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          Yes, and the number of crimes committed with guns is declining,

          What is your point?

          • WOOF

            Assigning a causal connection is specious.

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            I’m not assigning a casual connection. Just pointing out that you theory, that guns cause crime, clearly isn’t true.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            “Guns cause crime like flies cause garbage.”

    • two_amber_lamps

      “children who ingested high levels of lead in the ’40s and ’50s were
      more likely to become violent criminals in the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s.

      So do you care to tell the tales of your rampant crime sprees? Tell us oh YIP, which color paint chips taste best?

  • Thresherman

    I do not know Strand that well, but if last night’s performance is any indicator, the man is a fool. On one hand he said that, “I grew up with guns” and then he closed with “Don’t let kids have guns”. My 16 year old son, who is an avid hunter and shooter since he was 7, was highly incensed. It appears that Strand is one of those shallow minded souls who says what he thinks sounds good rather than having given it serious consideration. Parents today are constantly having their kids bombarded with things that the left feels they need to know at an early age to “prevent the evils of ignorance”. Yet when it comes to firearms, they feel that ignorance is the best policy. I taught my kids, like so many other parents have, to treat firearms with care and respect, that they are always to be treated as loaded and never to pointed at anything you do not intend to destroy. But Strand and his ilk think that while it was OK for them to grow up with guns, somehow following generations are not to be trusted with them. This gets to the central issue with a lot of liberals, they simply don’t trust their fellow citizens and that is why they are constantly trying to place restrictions on them.

  • borborygmi

    nice beard.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Thanks!

  • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

    What’s that around Rob’s neck?

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      A tie!

      I wear them now and then. ;-)

      • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

        Is it a clip on?

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          Nope, a real honest-to-goodness tie.

          And I tied it myself too. ;-)

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