Gun Nuts at the Legislature

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While the Billings Gazette charitably headlined their story “Several pro-gun proposals before the 2013 Legislature,” a more accurate title may have been “Gun Extremists Ignore the Law, Common Sense, and Student Safety to Satisfy Their NRA Bosses.” I probably won’t ever get a job writing headlines, but I think mine more accurately conveys the sentiment of the Montana Republicans who won’t be satisfied, it seems, until Montana’s schoolchildren are being armed with automatic weapons and indoctrinated to resist the federal government.

Consider their proposals: a bill to allow hunting rifles on school property, a bill to make confidential public records about concealed weapons, and a bill to nullify federal gun control measures. That’s all before you get to a proposal written by disgraced paralegals to amend the Constitution.

My favorite has to be the proposal to allow hunting rifles on school grounds. I can remember seeing rifles in the parking lot when I was in high school, but I suspect legislators pushing this bill also make their phone calls by asking the operator to directly connect to an individual. Times have changed and the danger of guns at school is far more pronounced. Maybe the publicly funded charter schools some legislators want to create will have the resources to decide if the weapons in trucks and cars are “for hunting,” but the principals I know have far more pressing issues to deal with.

The proposal to protect addresses of those with concealed weapons is even more factually-challenged. Its sponsor, Senator Terry Murphy claimed that burglaries have happened because of permit requests before acknowledging that he might have been mistaking random things he heard on the Internet for actual facts. It’s terribly reassuring to know that our legislators are continuing their proud tradition of writing gun laws based on what is misinformation at best, outright lies at the worst.

Finally, of course, we have Krayton Kerns, who wants to put on his rebel cap and resist the Union forces of oppression once more:

Another Montana bill in the works would prohibit state law enforcement from enforcing any federal ban on semi-automatic weapons and large-capacity magazines.

The whole sordid collection of idiotic gun laws from the Republican caucus is illustrative of the gun lobby’s notion of compromise: faced with a nation increasingly willing to regulate guns and ammunition in the wake of the Newtown and Aurora tragedies, they’ve positioned themselves even further to the right, to a place never envisioned by the Founders.

We do need a national and local dialogue on guns and violence in our communities. We’re just not going to be able to have it when gun extremists are moving so far from the center and reason that they can’t even see either any longer.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-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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Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers
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Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

From a purely political standpoint, the national Dems are destroying ANY chance that Montana will have a Dem majority some day. I can only wonder as to why? Sure these bills are kooky, but no more kooky than what some Dems have proposed in the way of gun control. ONLY the most obtuse among the Dems would even MENTION executive order and gun control in the same sentence. Hell, instead, just come out and say that you plan to take a whizz on the Second Amendment. It makes about as much sense in a purely political sense. I hate to… Read more »

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Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

p.s. I would MUCH prefer that the anti crowd would have been MUCH more energized when Bush slaughtered over one hundred thousand Iraquis, including many women and children. THAT had a great moral component. But this one, not. Isolated cases of evil make poor policy precedents.

Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers
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Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

p.s.s. And one more point. Perhaps SOME of these guys do belong to the NRA, but I think it’s counterproductive to assume that everyone who opposes gun control is taking orders from an NRA boss. Hell, Edward Abbey was against gun control, as are many libs. I don’t belong to the NRA because of their rightwing stances. They were awful during the Clinton years. But in the past month their membership rolls have soared. People have been scared to death of all this gun control talk. They’re doing the only thing they know how to do now, support the NRA.… Read more »

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Don Pogreba
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I just think times (and the culture) have changed. For the sake of a safer school, I’d say the kids can drive home to get their hunting rifles.

Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers
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Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

Being from the Hi Line, you know that some kids live up to thirty-five miles from school. But here’s the problem I have with the whole thing. Shooting people is a very, very unnatural act. If you recall, during WWI MANY troops were unable to fire their weapons at the enemy. They’d shoot over their heads, or drop their bombs in the ocean. And even during WWII also. Even in times of war, it is terribly difficult to shoot another human being. Hence, the military had to alter their training methods so as to mentally destroy a soldier enough in… Read more »

Craig Moore
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Craig Moore

Larry, why is protecting the identity and personal information of licensed concealed carry people “kooky” to use your word?

Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers
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Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

Sorry, it’s not. I was trying to make a point by generalizing.

Craig Moore
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Craig Moore

Some Dems are riding the fence. http://missoulian.com/news/local/tragedy-obama-orders-spark-gun-debate-in-montana-legislature/article_23b86aa6-6330-11e2-9eea-001a4bcf887a.html In Montana, as the legislative session gets under way, a new package of pro-gun proposals is in the works and few lawmakers are standing in open opposition, although some Democrats aren’t closing the door on the idea. “I am paying close attention to what people are saying,” said Minority House Leader Chuck Hunter in an interview with The Associated Press at the start of the session. “At the political level, I have not decided what we should do,” he said. One of the first bills heard by the Montana Legislature would make confidential… Read more »

Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers
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Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

I always figured that if they get past my dogs, they deserve an honorable death with a shot to the head! Is that so wrong? That is, if my dogs haven’t already ripped their cojones off! And then, it’s a mercy killing. Euthanasia, something I know that you ReePubes abhor!

Craig Moore
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Craig Moore

Larry, I have no problem with a youth in Asia of a Women and her family in Egypt having the ability to express their umbrage against tyranny. http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/01/16/egyptian-court-sentences-entire-family-to-15-years-for-converting-to/

Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers
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Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

HEY, like I always say, if ya fall for ANY religion, you’ll fall for anything! Weakminded people are born at a disadvantage. It’s Darwinian, sumthin’ ELSE that I know ReePubes reject. But it’s true. I’ve always found that “ale does more than Milton can to justify God’s ways to man”! Ale, man, ales the stuff!….or a good micro brewski!

Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers
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Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

Oh what the hell. Let’s do the whole thing. Don won’t mind. A. E. Housman (1859–1936). A Shropshire Lad. 1896. LXII. Terence, this is stupid stuff ‘TERENCE, this is stupid stuff: You eat your victuals fast enough; There can’t be much amiss, ’tis clear, To see the rate you drink your beer. But oh, good Lord, the verse you make, 5 It gives a chap the belly-ache. The cow, the old cow, she is dead; It sleeps well, the horned head: We poor lads, ’tis our turn now To hear such tunes as killed the cow. 10 Pretty friendship ’tis… Read more »

Craig Moore
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Craig Moore

You mean like Robert Service? The Shooting of Dan McGrew By Robert W. Service A bunch of the boys were whooping it up in the Malamute saloon; The kid that handles the music-box was hitting a jag-time tune; Back of the bar, in a solo game, sat Dangerous Dan McGrew, And watching his luck was his light-o’-love, the lady that’s known as Lou. When out of the night, which was fifty below, and into the din and the glare, There stumbled a miner fresh from the creeks, dog-dirty, and loaded for bear. He looked like a man with a foot… Read more »

larry kurtz
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Montana ahead in gun, nut race:

http://my605.com/pierrereview/?p=7536

Turner
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Turner

Another mass shooting, this time in New Mexico. A kid used an AR15. But hey, I guess that’s the price of freedom. Right Larry?

Unless sensible gun control is enacted, these events will become even more commonplace.

Ingemar Johansson
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Ingemar Johansson

Come get them, T.

Turner
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Turner

Taking guns away from people isn’t high on my agenda, Ingemar. You seem to have a Charlton Heston fantasy about someone prying a gun from your cold, dead hand. Good luck with that.

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Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers
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Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

Not good for anybody. This is really, really a stupid move by Gov. Coco. To make criminals out of law abiding citizens overnight never ends well. What the hell is Coco thinking? I don’t get it. He very well could end up with a lot of dead cops on his hands. This could get ugly before its over. And all for nothing. There is NO there there! There is NO reason to make criminals of law abiding citizens. As I mentioned above, isolated incidents of evil make poor precedents for policy. I think this is Dem suicide. That’s all.

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I agree with John Adams, on the subject of gun ownership. Many of today’s gun-nuts actually favor “a dissolution of the government.” Whay Adams saw as an evil they see as a good. To suppose arms in the hands of citizens, to be used at individual discretion, except in private self-defense, or by partial orders of towns, countries or districts of a state, is to demolish every constitution, and lay the laws prostrate, so that liberty can be enjoyed by no man; it is a dissolution of the government. The fundamental law of the militia is, that it be created,… Read more »

Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers
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Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

Well, the REST of us agree with the Constitution. Sorry, you lose.

Turner
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Turner

Sorry to send the anonymous post above. It’s me, Turner.

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