Independence Party’s Moore says he’s middle-ground’ option

ODN: Are you a gun owner?

Moore: Yes I am. Mostly shotguns, but I also have .22. They’re
locked in a gun cabinet. I have two kids who don’t know where the
gun cabinet is.

ODN: Would you support a handgun ban?

Moore: No.

ODN: How about one-gun-a-month laws or trigger lock
requirements.

Moore: One-gun-a-month strikes me as especially frivolous. That
would hurt some people who cycle guns trying them and selling
them.

This is a personal freedom issue. Use guns responsibly. These
laws will not get at the people we want to get at. I’m not going to
take a constitutional right away.

ODN: As a senator from Minnesota, would you consider bringing
the phrase “at the pleasure of the president” in the 1837 Treaty to
President George Bush’s attention?

Moore: We had a deal worked out between the bands and the state,
and the groups opposed it and wanted to go to court. We rolled the
dice and we lost.

Now we need to get to the table and work this out. A negotiated
solution is always better than a court-mandated one. We lost and
need to step back up. You can always use the presidential clause if
the negotiations fail. Make it a negotiating instrument.

ODN: Do you support drilling for oil on the Arctic National
Wildlife Refuge?

Moore: Not at this time. The highest realistic amount we’ll
reduce our dependence on foreign oil doing that is 2 percent.
That’s not worth going into a pristine area. We need to preserve
those pristine parks and refuges for years to come. Or they’re all
going to turn into Brainerd, which is great if you like resorts but
not pristine.

Let me add, our 60 percent reliance on foreign fossil fuels is
our greatest national security threat. We need to get away from
that and find alternative energy sources. Opening up new oil wells
doesn’t do that. We’re a nation of creative, industrious people and
we can find new ways.

ODN: How do you feel about salvaging the BWCA blowdown?

Moore: You’re still going to go into a pristine area and tear it
apart. The biggest risk was the fire risk, and we’ve been fortunate
not to have that. The quality of the logs is marginal, so the
question is moot right now anyway. It’s a pristine area, part of
mother nature, and that’s what mother nature did. There are plenty
of other national forest options for logging.

ODN: The Farm Bill has been called pork barrel politics by folks
out East. What do you think?

Moore: Yeah it was. But they tried to make a better bill than
they had before and created a larger conservation component.

The economics are tough, especially justifying continued
payments for set-aside. That’s why CREP was so great, because it
was a permanent set-aside. I’d like to see more of those types of
programs keeping in mind that we have to balance the budget.

ODN: On the issue of nonresident fees. Is there anything the
feds can do to mitigate that? It works the other way. If I go out
and poach an elk, and then cross state lines, I’m looking at
federal agents with the Lacey Act in hand.

Moore: I prefer to keep at state and local level where
management is done. If it gets too egregious, yeah we might have to
step in, but the last thing we want is Washington determining bag
limits and license fees.

ODN: What do you think about expanding the lock and dam system
on the Mississippi River?

Moore: It’s a question of balance. As a hunter, I’d love to
extend more protection to the rivers and those backwaters, but
farmers need to get the product to market. The most efficient way
for them to move stuff is via the river.

ODN: To a lot of sportsmen, Democrats are good on conservation
but not so good on guns. Republicans are good on guns, but not so
good on conservation. Does Jim Moore fall in the middle?

Moore: Absolutely. I try to pull from the reasonable sides of
both. What good is a right if you don’t make the wage to go on a
hunting trip, or to buy an ATV to haul your deer or bear from the
woods. We think of politics as linear the right and left. I think
it’s more two-dimensional. We try to take some of the best and most
common-sense ideas from everybody. Conservation from the greens;
that helps hunters. Second Amendment rights from Republicans. From
Democrats, negotiating a good wage to enjoy these rights.

I’m in this because we don’t have enough people in government
today with real world, private service experience. We have career
politicians, and I’m clearly different from my opponents in that
way.

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