There was a much better story about SB 114 in the Independent Record this morning, because it better characterized the nature of the opposition and support for this truly insane bill. While it still didn’t characterize the paranoia demonstrated by proponents, the article laid out the case made my law enforcement and lawyers against Marbut’s bill. It also included a quote from Marbut that I somehow missed last night:
“It’s my opinion that the Civil War did not establish any legal precedent whatsoever,” Marbut responded. “It established the precedent that the North and the federal government had bigger and more guns, not that there’s any legal doctrine that arose out of it.”
Having read both the piece by Matt Volz for the AP and Sanjay Talwani for the IR, though, I’m still disappointed that the remarks of proponents were not more thoroughly discussed. I don’t think the paranoid views of a few who worry about a UN invasion off Sanders County represent the views of most Montanans, but it’s precisely these people who seem to be driving the GOP agenda at this session. Maybe it’s time for the GOP to “refudiate” that kind of language and time for the media to let Montanans know just how far into the realm of right wing paranoia these proponents have gone.
We’ve already seen the results of some of this TEA Party madness in the past few years, with laws like the Castle Doctrine creating nightmares for law enforcement and the legal system. Yes, the media should present the arguments of both sides, but if one is based in reason and the other is based in conspiracy theory, the public should know.