Adding herself to a long list of problematic Mayors Against (Your) Guns, Betsy Hodges of Minneapolis posed for a photograph, reportedly “with a convicted felon while flashing a known gang sign,” Jay Kolls of 5 Eyewitness News claimed Thursday.
“The man in the photo is a twice-convicted felon for drug selling and possession and illegal possession of a firearm,” Kolls maintained. “He is currently sentenced to five years at the St. Cloud Correctional Facility, with the prison term stayed for three years while he is under supervised probation…”
While Hodges’ supporters claim “the mayor is simply ‘pointing at him’ in the photo,” a retired Internal Affairs officer maintains “She can’t be that naive.” The situation is reminiscent of when anti-gun radical priest Michael Pfleger of Chicago urged a crowd to “snuff out” a legal gun dealer, and apologists expected people to believe someone intimately familiar with gang culture had no idea what the term meant.
For her part, the Minneapolis affiliation with the Bloomberg mayors’ group is documented on the “Everytown” website (for now?). For their part, “progressives” are doing what they do best: Engaging in Alinsky Rule 5 ridicule. And playing the race card. They’ve even established the hashtag, #pointergate to facilitate mocking the story on social media.
If we’re to take them at their word, that this is all “a Tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury. Signifying nothing,” then at least we should expect consistency. Maybe all the hysteria over school kids getting suspended for pointing their fingers can be placed in sane context.