Where is the Activist Outrage?

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As to be expected, many activists, like Bob Brigham (surprise!), are quickly attacking Sen. Baucus and Tester for being silent on the issue of the horrific Newton School massacre.  That’s true. They should be coming out and they should be saying they support responsible gun control legislation.  That makes sense and it needs to be done.

What’s bizarre is that those same activists are completely silent when it comes to Governor Schwetizer’s recent shocking comments. 

Schweitzer appeared on Aaron Flint’s popular conservative talk show and said the following:

“I don’t want to sound like a terrorist here, but you give me 20 gallons of propane- I can do a lot of damage in a very short period of time,” said Schweitzer during Tuesday morning’s Voices of Montana statewide radio talk show. “If there are evil people they can use guns, or as we’ve seen in Russia, they can also use things like propane.  You can use natural gas.  Five gallons of gasoline and imagine what can happen.

They plan to bring that legislation back, but that actually wouldn’t change anything thing that happened back there in Connecticut in terms of what gun was used and what types of guns could be used.

This is evil and it has everything to do with mental illness and look I’m gonna pick on somebody right now.  You wanna pick on somebody?  How about those video game manufacturers, where an entire generation are glued to a screen for 6 or 8 hours a day while they are poking buttons and blowing other people up and shooting them in the face.”

Are you serious?  He’s blaming this: 

Over this:

I thought we were past this kind of nonsense.

For someone who is constantly celebrated has having a “liberal backbone,” I’m hearing a lot of bogus NRA talking points.  It’s time for all politicians to grow backbones and support real, responsible gun control – even in Montana.

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Mark Tokarski
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Someone explain please … Baucus, Tester and Schweitzer are all three Democrats, and Schweitzer, of the three, is a little more flamboyant. All three are basically worthless from a progressive viewpoint. Who was it who said that the best way to control the opposition is to lead the opposition? Democratic leaders have long been right wingers in service of the same agenda as Republicans. I don’t know why that is so hard to fathom, as it is so sensible and easily accomplished. This post seems to indicate that within that right wing fibre there is a split … an anti-Schweitzer… Read more »

Jack Ruby
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Jack Ruby

You aren’t aware of the baucus vs. schweitzer smack down that is on the way? This is only the beginning. The long knives haven’t even begun to come out. When the musical chairs begin noone wants to be left out of a job.

HelenaInsider
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HelenaInsider

Do you really think BS is going to run against Max? I’m not seeing it.

James Conner
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If memory serves me correctly, Baucus supported the original assault rifle ban. He did the right thing morally, but the wrong thing from the standpoint of political self-preservation. Having recovered from a close encounter with political mortality, he placed morality in a new perspective.

Jag
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Jag

James – ALWAYS a source of institutional knowledge!

Matthew Koehler
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Matthew Koehler

Personally, I do think those violent video games are doing a number on those who play them all the time. I also think that some of the Gov’s comments demonstrate that if he’s serious about a 2016 presidential run he’s going to have to dial things way back in the rhetoric dept. This is just a guess, but I suspect Senator Tester’s silence has something to do with his straight A ratings from the NRA and the fact that he was the National Shooting Sports Foundation “Legislator of the Year.” NRA has been silent until today, when they issued a… Read more »

Matthew Koehler
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Matthew Koehler

http://www.tester.senate.gov/?p=news&id=605

Mar 13, 2009 | Flathead Beacon

Lou Dobbs Highlights Montana Senators’ Opposition to Assault Weapons Ban
By: Kellyn Brown

Jag
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Jag

So, we’ll let BS off the hook, but not Jon because he’s hurt your feelings so many times? Poor guy.

Matthew Koehler
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Matthew Koehler

I offered some views on what the Gov said. Baucus and Tester will have far more to do with the upcoming federal assault weapons ban debate/legislation, so it seems important to consider their past views on the issue, especially since they don’t seem to be making public statements.

Mother Jones put together this interesting chart of sorts…..

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/12/senate-assault-weapons-ban-newtown

BlackBart
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BlackBart

Schweitzer’s actually on to something because the biggest mass murder involving a school was in Michigan in 1927 when a guy who lost an election (sound familiar?) used his knowledge and easy access to sophisticated explosives to blow up a grade school.
Of course our government back then did the right thing and clamped down on explosives.

Craig Moore
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Craig Moore

Perhaps you are unaware of the efforts to ban copper as well as lead. In both Washington State and California, there is a ban on the use of copper in vehicle brake pads. Copper is used to dissipate heat. The reasoning for the ban is that copper is toxic. Now when it comes to bullets there are copper alloy bullets, lead only, copper/tungsten, and lead/copper. There is no other reasonable metal to perform the function. If both lead and copper and banned, that will be the end of big game hunting with bullets. I’m not going to argue with your… Read more »

Rob Kailey
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M. Storin, this is my closing month as manager on duty, so blogging time is limited. But I will (hopefully) begin a series of posts about firearm regulations. This comment is simply to clarify two things. 1) I believe that Schweitzer was not seriously blaming video games. Jack Ruby above said it better than I could. 2) I flat out reject your framing of this issue as one of “gun control”, and you should too. Control of any tool means using it with precision of purpose. Gun control means hitting what you’re aiming at, nothing more and nothing less, just… Read more »

The Polish Wolf
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I don’t think the Governor’s comments could really be described as ‘shocking’. They are pretty standard for NRA types – guns don’t kill people, people do. He may not be right, but it’s not a shock by any stretch of the imagination, and at least in one respect he is correct – there is little evidence that massacres of this nature can truly be diminished by laws restricting access to assault weapons.

Larry Kralj, Environmental
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Larry Kralj, Environmental

Um, Storin, there’s a big world out there, and YOU AIN’T IN IT! Schweitzer is right on with his comments. Belive me. I have actually SEEN what a five gallon propane tank can do to a house. OBLITERATE IT! And once, in Canada, some guys were filling a hot air balloon when the tank exploded. THAT explosion was perhaps greater than anything I saw in Nam, except for perhaps a bomb dump being blown up. THAT one knocked me over! From miles away! It ain’t about guns. It’s about mental illness in this particular case. Ronnie Reagan took away ALL… Read more »

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Larry Kralj, Environmental

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