It takes a special kind of “human being” to exploit the deaths of 28 people, but Montana’s one
man gun show Gary Marbut has always demonstrated a knack for being that kind of special individual. In an interview with the Missoulian’s Gwen Florio, he suggests that an appropriate responses to the latest senseless tragedy in our gun-crazed culture would be to relax restrictions on gun ownership and arm teachers.
Marbut said Tuesday that three issues require focus in the aftermath of the Newtown massacre: Perspective. Armed teachers. And gun-free zones.
He’s strongly in favor of the first two, and just as vehemently opposed to the last.
In terms of perspective, he likened the odds of a child being injured by “an insane active shooter” to being hit by lightning. In 2011, 240 people were injured by lightning and 39 died, according to the National Weather Service.
Gun violence is hardly rare in the United States. Between 2001 and 2010, 270,000 people have been shot and killed in the United States. 270,000 in a decade.
The U.S. is a tragic outlier, facing much higher rates of lethal violence than other developed nations:
Roseanna Ander, executive director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab, said the U.S. is an outlier in lethal violence among developed countries. Other countries have similar rates of rape and battery, Ander said, but because so much American violence includes guns, the rate of death is much higher.
Marbut’s casual dismissal of gun violence is matched by his callous willingness to exploit tragedy. One day after the Aurora shootings, Mr. Marbut smeared police officers who risk their lives to protect us while fantasizing that more guns will reduce violence in society. Closer to home, back in 2009, Mr. Marbut dishonestly exploited the 2009 murder in Glasgow to further his agenda.
His agenda is unfettered access to any kind of weapon by any kind of owner, no matter the consequences.
Even the National Rifle Association has had the decency to remain silent after the events in Newtown. The National Rifle Association. But not Gary Marbut, who not only nonsensically is calling for easier access to weapons, but who fantasizes a heroic role for himself:
“I wish I could’ve been there. If I had been there, it would have been one (victim) and done.”
With families still burying their dead, can Mr. Marbut please just shut the hell up?
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