Responding to three mass shootings and an escalation of gun violence, President Biden called for measures to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. But in her April 13 Press and Dakotan column, Gov. Kristi Noem denounced the president’s efforts as “an infringement” on Constitutional rights.

The governor wasted much of the 2021 legislative session with efforts to infringe on the rights of women to make health care decisions with their doctors, of officials responsible for carrying out policies regarding sports eligibility, and of South Dakotans who voted to legitimize medical marijuana. But she must burnish her credentials with the gun lobby and other right-wing extremists by attacking those who wish to reduce the carnage.

To Noem, it’s simple. The right to own guns “shall not be infringed.” The language “could not be any plainer.” That is, unless you are honest enough to read the Amendment in context, including the preceding phrase regarding a “well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State.” But honesty is not the governor’s strongest suit.

Noem’s “favorite way to decompress” is to kill “big game.” And, of course, youngsters should learn that our native mammals are actually just “nest predators” that must be eliminated in the interest of the imported pheasant. After all, the Noem family has made big bucks in the pheasant shooting business.

Noem is proud that the first bill she signed as governor was what she calls “constitutional carry.” Now anybody can buy a gun in South Dakota, no permit required. Is the governor also proud that South Dakota ranks high in gun deaths by suicide, and that South Dakota’s murder rate more than doubled last year?

The governor has a distorted view of the Constitution, and apparently little respect for the sanctity of life.

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Jerry Wilson,

You are wrong about anyone can buy a gun in SD.

You still have to go through the background check and if you pass then you may buy the firearm of your choice. Unless it is a private sale then no check required as of yet.


Thank you for sharing the truth and not some liberal misinformation

Jon Wick

Wow Mr. T, "mortal threat to the American experiment in Democracy itself" such theater. Trying to tie the second amendment and the Jan. 6th riots together is duplicitous on your part.

I do find it interesting that these 27 words trigger so many leftists like yourself. Both you and Mr. Wilson are fundamentally incorrect about the meaning of the words "well regulated". The proper context of these words at the time they were written meant to have a militia that was in active shape to fight. It does not mean, nor did it even mean "regulation" in the modern sense as you believe, or wish to be true. This is a common and deliberate misinterpretation used by the left as a talking point for their anti-gun efforts and all to often foolishly believed by their gullible followers.

Mr. T, you are mostly correct in your assessment that there was a need to organize ourselves for the defense of our young nation. But you omitted the biggest fear of our founding fathers and that federal tyranny. Was that an oversight or just an inconvenient truth that does not fit into your and Mr. Wilson's desired Orwellian utopia? I'll finish my comments on the Biden Administrations actions toward the second amendment with a quote for you to ponder, "We know that no ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end" (George Orwell).

Do you remember our previous discussion concerning Mr. Feimer's letter, during that exchange, I pointed out to you that many President's down play events during their terms. It sure did not take Mr. Biden long to prove my point. Just examine his administrations drivel trying to explain the premeditated disaster he alone created at the southern border.

Finally, I know many lefts like yourself believe you are so enlightened, In reality, you are just oblivious minions of Newspeak.

Mr. T

The misapplication of the Second Amendment endangers much more than the lives of innocent Americans. It has become a mortal threat to the American experiment in Democracy itself.

Noem is right when she declares that when it comes to our right to defend ourselves, the Second Amendment is straightforward. But there is much more to it than this simplicity.

It bears repeating that before the words “... the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed,” the preceding phrase presents the rationale for this foundational Constitutional Amendment:

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State...”

Our founders recognized the need for Americans’ to organize themselves to defend against Indians, rebellious slaves and the British should they try to take back their New World real estate, which they tried and failed to do in the War of 1812.

But notice the words “well regulated.” The Founders truly feared unruly armed militias. Bacon’s Rebellion a hundred years before the Revolution had shown them what could happen when self-styled militias got out of control. And the Whiskey Rebellion, which had to be put down by President Washington himself, proved the wisdom of the first words of the Second Amendment.

On January 6th the Proud Boys, the Oath Keepers, the Three Percenters and others assaulted our Nation's Capital. Only the District of Columbia’s strict gun laws kept these UNREGULATED militias from realizing a victorious insurrection.

Fortunately the Supreme Court still holds that local governments have the right to regulate gun ownership even if they can’t outlaw firearms outright. The Founders would have expected this. They didn’t want armed fools to endanger the Republic.

Supporters of the Constitutional right to bear arms should pay more attention to the meaning of the ENTIRE Second Amendment.

Next time we may not be so lucky.


Proud boys? Jan 6th. You’re misinformed. Assaulted our nation? Omg. No the assault on our nation was the fraud that went on in November. Illegally changing voting rules that went against their state’s constitutional The democRats and their illegal ballot drops. No one able to contest or view the ballots. Big time fraud like your opinion. That’s an assault on our nation

E pluribus

Yes, Mmuncrief, your ex-President still says the election was stolen, and half of all Trump-supporters still believe this lie. But there is zero evidence to back it up.

You may remember that Trump fired his top election security official, Christopher Krebs, whom Trump had previously selected to be director of our Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. Krebs was canned after he and a coalition of federal and state officials concluded there was no evidence that votes were compromised or altered in the Nov. 3 election.

They determined the vote was “the most secure in American history.”

Claims of fraudulent election practices have been thoroughly disproven by over 50 unsuccessful Trumpian lawsuits, the Supreme Court and even the president's own lawyer, Bill Barr before he resigned.

Many of the judges who refused to look at these frivolous, no-evidence claims were appointed by Trump himself. (Not to mention that the Supreme Court itself has three Trumpsters on the bench.)

Trump continues to claim the election was stolen. But he and you have no evidence except that so many of you still believe it was fraud.

But simply saying it doesn’t make it so.


The challenge for Mmuncrief and ex-President Trump is how to grow the ONE in TWO Republicans who believe the election was stolen to match the TWO in THREE of ALL Americans who know it wasn't.

As the founder of the Republican Party, Abraham Lincoln, once said, “you can fool some of the people ALL the time, but you can’t fool ALL the people ALL the time.

The Party of Trump just needs to find more folks like Mmuncrief who can be fooled all of the time.


QUICK, Mmuncrief, contact the FBI at 1-800-CALLFBI (225-5324). Set them straight! That’s the number of their Major Case Contact Center.

Somehow they’re as uninformed as Mr. T and don't have your wise and well-informed insight.

Don’t delay! Tell them that Trump told us a couple of weeks ago that his people we’re just “hugging and kissing” the Capitol Police.

Already 420 innocent “smoochers” have been charged in the Capitol insurrection‼️ And now it turns out it was all a big mistake! All they wanted to do is find Mike Pence and Nancy Pelosi and HUG them not HANG them.

And that noose you saw on the news was just the macramé project of some aging hippie. Boy do I feel silly...

Sure, there was some broken glass and a few deaths and a bunch of injuries. But as Senator Ron Johnson told us, there really wasn’t anything to fear. It’s not like they were BLM or Antifa.

They were all good white folks who just want the best for our Anglo Saxon traditions. (That’s called for somewhere in the Constitution, right?)

Jolly Roger

Bad news, Mmuncrief. Your plaintive lament that fraud resulted in “illegally changing voting rules that went against their state’s constitution” just took a big hit Monday by those ungrateful folks on the Supreme Court.

And this despite owing their careers to Donald Trump.

You probably didn’t hear this on FoxNews, NEWSMAX or OAN, but yesterday the Supreme Court said it won't take up a case from Republicans challenging changes to election rules in the battleground state of Pennsylvania.

The ruling sends yet another message that - unlike most of you Trumpsters - the court's majority has no interest in relitigating the last election. (Wasn’t that relitigating thing your big complaint about Democrats after the 2016 election?)

Anyway, why do you suppose those double-crossing Supreme Court Justices aren’t as mindlessly loyal to Trump as you are?

Old Hugh

Good Golly, Mmuncrief, the Bad News keeps on coming.

A federal judge just jailed two Proud Boys leaders pending trial in the Jan. 6 White Supremacists’ Capitol riot.

U.S. prosecutors are bringing a case against the pair for planning to disrupt Congress and leading as many as 60 others to attack police during their insurrection.

I can anticipate your dismay as it becomes apparent that it’s not just Mr. T that’s “misinformed.” I’m sure you feel our whole legal system from top to bottom is misinformed and just out to get your man.

And I can’t begin to imagine how you’ll feel as our legal system goes through Trump’s business practices now that they have all his financials.

Keep us posted, Good Buddy!

Jon Wick

Old, Jolly and Clown in the days before the internet it was thought that collective stupidity was due to the lack of access to information. You three have certainly debunked that theory.


Mmuncrief understands what you liberal snowflakes will never fathom. Until it’s too late.

January 6 was the courageous act of True Patriots like the Proud Boys. Extremism in the defense of Liberty is no vice! And most Republicans agree with us.

But don’t take it from me, this was the finding of a recent poll by the Survey Center on American Life. They found that most Republicans know the traditional American way of life is disappearing so fast that we may have to use force to save it.

Where we go one, we go all!



You couldn't have proved your own ignorance any better.

I looked up the survey you mention and your standing about Republican and their beliefs was WELL documented. To quote the poll you base your comment on:

" 56% of Republicans without a college degree believe Antifa was mostly responsible for the attack on the US Capital, while only 38% of college educated Rep say the same. This pattern persists when it comes to Republicans' belief in QAnon. Republicans without a 4yr degree are 15% more likely to believe in the accuracy of the claims made by Donald Trump. There are notable differences by education among Democrats as well if more modest. Democrats are SIGNIFICANTLY less likely to believe these conspiracies regardless of their educational attainment"

So taking that information into account.......Educate yourself and if your going to quote something to help backup your claims, make sure to read the whole thing as well as make sure the information you quote doesn't point out what an uneducated keyboard warrior you are.


Laugh if you want, but Donald Trump will soon return to his rightful Presidency at the head of his loyal military. They will arrest and eliminate all our political enemies.

Just because we didn’t succeed on January 6th doesn’t mean the patriotic struggle to Make America Great Again is over.

The polls prove that in South Dakota most of your friends and family believe the election was stolen, even if they know better than to tell you.


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