MikeGunner / Pixabay There are a number of candidates who have offered support for gun control in the past. They either claim they didn’t mean what their words actually said or they blame co-authors . They rarely ever admit they may have supported a bad idea in the distant past.
Yet in Minnesota, one candidate did just that . One of the main issues in statewide and local races this fall will be violent crime and gun violence. Saturday night, newly-nominated Republican candidate for governor Dr. Scott Jensen apologized to delegates for once being on the wrong side of the gun control issue. “My effort in 2018 was klutzy,” he said. “It was born of a rookie’s, non-veteran understanding of how things work, and so I apologized to the group. I put them in a place that made them uncomfortable and it was a mistake. I wish, if I had a mulligan I would have done it over.” Unfortunately, some are taking issue with Jensen for “flip-flopping” on the issue, including some Republicans.
However, I think that’s the wrong strategy to take.
The truth is, Jensen supported gun control in the past and now he’s saying he doesn’t. The difference between someone like him and Dr. Oz is that he’s not trying to gaslight people into believing he didn’t support stuff he clearly did.
Instead, he’s saying he was wrong and has learned from that mistake.
To blast Jensen for owning up to the inescapable truth and offering a mea culpa is to discourage honesty from politicians. You’re going to get candidates telling you that they didn’t support red flag laws despite their words to the contrary because they can get away with that easier than they can for admitting their mistake.
If the GOP does down this road and gives Jensen so much crap […]
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