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Another Rehberg Victory


Montana’s Congressman Dennis Rehberg is certainly on a roll lately. His latest achievement? Failing to get the most pro-gun Congress in American history to accept a pro-gun amendment to the budget deal:

Gun-control advocates won a rare victory this past Friday when congressional negotiators removed a provision from the final budget deal that would have made it much harder for the government to regulate firearm sales along the Mexico border.

The amendment, offered by Reps. Dan Boren (D-Okla.) and Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.), would have prevented federal funds from being used by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) to track bulk sales of long guns in southwestern states.

Either Rehberg is entirely incompetent or his extremist position on guns was even too much for the House GOP to accept. While we can be quite certain of the former, we shouldn’t discount the latter. I would say even most proponents of the Second Amendment would find it acceptable to track bulk purchase of guns to control violence along our Southern border.

What did Rehberg say?

NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said the gun-rights lobby did not put out a statement on the rider being stripped. Rehberg’s office did not have a statement either. A call to Boren’s office was not immediately returned.

Leadership at its finest.

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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.


  • So Dan Boren Democrat of Oklahoma is an extremist?

    The Boren-Rehberg amendment prevents the ATF from circumventing the will of Congress by centralizing records of thousands of Americans’ rifle purchases without any legal authority.

    Specifically, the ATF proposal would require federally licensed firearm dealers to file reports with ATF on all sales of two or more semi-automatic rifles within five consecutive business days if the rifles are larger than .22 caliber and use detachable magazines. The ATF has claimed in public statements that the requirement would apply only to California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.
    ===end quote===

    So Don, why do you support Big Brother intrusion in those 4 states?

    I guess if Rehberg had posed for a picture as a pretend hunter like Tester did, you would have had praise?

    • I’m not an expert on guns, Craig, but the firearm Jon is holding in that picture is not a semi-automatic with a detachable magazine, and it is most certainly not two semi automatics with detachable magazines. Trust me, if he was trying to prevent registration of the gun Tester has, he would have succeeded.

      Unrelated note- I like how Tester’s hair matches the horizon.

      • PW, “he?” Your comment is unintelligible. Who is the “he” trying to prevent registration of Tester’s gun?

        Clearly you are neither a firearms expert nor a hunter. Tester’s picture from his website was meant to appeal to Montana firearm owners and hunters. What is laughable is that he didn’t do his homework. Any firearm owner and hunter would be ROTFLTAO over this picture meant to appeal to them. Hunter’s don’t hunt with a bird dog and a lever action rifle. The use a shotgun. They also wear appropriate clothing, hunter orange, and boots. They don’t pose with dog and useless rifle in the middle of a road. And Tester heads the congressional Sportsman Caucus?

  • So craig, do you get merit pay for the horsehit you post? GAWD I hope not! I’m hopin’ that the Kocks pay you by the ton. For you see, a ton of horseshit is still a ton! And that’s a fairly long post above. Gotta be some serious poundage horseshit in there! I’d hate to see you starve!

  • If the amendment was such a mainstream position, why did the GOP-controlled Congress not include it?

    And can you stay on topic just once? I have no idea what the picture you posted of Jon Tester is intended to prove, but I’m tired the fact that your arguments are almost exclusively reliant on non-sequitur reasoning.

    • Don, that doesn’t pass the snort test. Making judgments as to which riders to attach is about strategy to gain the larger whole. You go off the deep end with your characterization to tar brush the R sponsor while staying completely silent on the D co-sponsor. And there is no discussion of the underlying amendment and the issues it addresses. Party politics on parade. Here I thought progressives were about being pathfinders steering a course towards a brighter tomorrow. All I see is that it is a dodge and a hustle for Dem party politics.

      Now, the point of the picture and comment is first to show you how such tar brushing works on the other guy. I find it funny that he would pose with a lever action rifle with a bird dog while wearing street clothes. Last I remember shooting birds with rifle from a road is not allowed.

      You ask me to stay on topic, such as limiting discussion to your characterization of one person as an extremist. I take issue with such “set of rails” when the manner, characterization, and rhetorical hyperbole suggest wider issues.

      With all of the “hit” pieces you write I’m scratching my head as to why you don’t just forget the man you hate so vehemently and just sell your candidate. Why not just praise him and how he represents the best for achieving Montana values? (Perhaps you refrain because there are matters like the Farm Bureau letter I linked above.)

      Don, if you find my commentary unwelcome, just ask and I will leave ID.

      Larry, no one in politics even knows I even exist let alone have me on their payroll.

  • Either Rehberg is entirely incompetent or his extremist position on guns was even too much for the House GOP to accept.

    I certainly don’t discount the former, but it strikes me that the latter is actually the case. I saw nothing from the NRA supporting this position initially, which they almost always do *before* the legislative action is taken. That generally means that the position is either not politically viable, or just plain counter-productive. Given the exposure that the cartel wars in Mexico are being fought with weapons imported from the US, and I just figure that’s not a cause the NRA wants to get involved in.

  • What kind of a loser would team up with Rehberg for this lousy piece of legislation? Since I wasn’t familiar with Rep. Dan Boren (D-Okla.), I looked him up. In his bio., he proudly states he’s “an active member of the Congressional Blue Dogs Caucus.” No surprise there. It also said he voted with his party 47 percent of the time.

    Now I know it isn’t easy to get Democrats elected in Oklahoma these days, although it used to be, but certainly the Sooners can do better than this.

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