Andy Parrish says he has "no intention of abiding" by Obama's proposed gun restrictions
Don't let the cigar fool you -- Parrish makes for an unlikely armed revolutionary.
Image by Tatiana Craine
Just over a month after the Newtown school shooting, President Obama today revealed his ambitious gun control proposal.
But a day before the president announced what some are calling the "most expansive gun-control agenda in generations," Andy Parrish -- former deputy campaign manager for Minnesota for Marriage, former chief of staff for Michele Bachmann, and the current head of a conservative political action committee named A Stronger Minnesota -- said he has no intention of "abiding by gun laws that further restrict my rights."
First, here's some of the details about Obama's gun control proposal. From BBC News:
[Obama] urged Congress:-- to reintroduce an expired ban on "military-style" assault weapons, such as those used in several recent mass shootingsMr Obama also signed 23 unilateral orders, including an end to a ban on gun-violence research by a prominent federal agency, as well as a measure promoting responsible gun ownership.
-- impose limits on ammunition magazines to 10 rounds
-- introduce background checks on all gun sales; currently private sales and some sales at gun shows, constituting about 40% of the national total, are exempt
-- pass a ban on possession and sale of armour-piercing bullets
-- introduce harsher penalties for gun-traffickers, especially unlicensed dealers who buy arms for criminals
-- finally approve the appointment of the head of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
He acknowledged his legislative push would encounter stiff opposition in Congress. "This will be difficult," he said.
"There will be pundits and politicians and special interest lobbyists publicly warning of a tyrannical all-out assault on liberty, not because that's true, but because they want to gin up fear or higher ratings or revenue for themselves.
As news Obama was about to go public with his awaited gun control proposal circulated yesterday, Parrish -- who last month proposing arming teachers as a way to stop school shootings before they start -- offered up this tweet:
FYI - I have no intention of abiding by gun laws that further restrict my rights that I have now. washingtonpost.com/politics/obama...-- Andy Parrish (@AndyParrishMN) January 15, 2013
Parrish didn't reply do a reply asking him "What specifically is your intent with that?" so how exactly he intends to resist Obama's desired gun crackdown remains to be seen. But we can say this much: The thought of Parrish -- a clean cut, proud family man -- grabbing his AR-15, taking to the woods, and trying to lead some sort of Che-style armed insurrection is certainly juicy fodder for the imagination.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss City Pages' biggest stories.