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The Montana Shooting Sports Association: Politicizing Another Gun Tragedy

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Gary Marbut, who may be the only member of the Montana Shooting Sports Association, is at it again: this time, politicizing the recent killing in Glasgow, claiming that the liberal, elite media of Eastern Montana is covering up just how wonderful guns are:

I remain concerned that what role citizen Scott Billingsley played in stopping the killer will be minimized or eliminated in media coverage relying on only “official sources.” I do know that several media outlets are trying hard to confirm Scott’s role. Still, I do not yet have sufficient confirmed information to separate rumors from facts. I did get an email from somebody who says he talked with Scott since the incident, and that the information in my original release was essentially correct. I’ll stick by that until I have confidence in new information.

Now, I’ll admit the media coverage of this incident has been puzzling to say the least, with the shooter still not identified and a lot of information about what happened that night unavailable. It’s absolutely mystifying that the editor of the Glasgow Courier, Samar Fay, is also acting as the Valley County public information officer, for example—no matter how small Glasgow is.

Those concerns aside, how responsible is it for Gary Marbut to spread rumors about what happened that night in an effort to promote his unreasonable gun agenda? Even if the rumors are correct, could someone ask gun nuts like Marbut to have the decency to wait until the funeral to start politicizing tragedies like this?

There is a place and a time for debate about gun control and the right to bear arms. Why can’t the extremist pro-gun community understand that time isn’t while a town is grieving?

About the author

Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a seventeen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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