Rep. David Howard (R-Park City) believes that school shootings in America are caused by too few, rather than too many, guns in school. He wants to know why the sign on the right isn’t posted in front of ever school in America.
On his Facebook page, Howard explains his views on gun free schools:
This is like zebra’s declaring a section of the Serengeti to be a Lion free zone! They would go out and mark the boundaries, lie down and relax. The lions on the other hand, would be rejoicing and putting out signs that would say “Defenseless Stupid Zebra’s Ahead”.
The godless liberals are forcing America’s kids to be sitting ducks. Sad!
Howard is backing a piece of legislation, along with other Montana Republicans, that would allow students and teachers to bring side arms to school. This is one of several measures that the GOP believes will make for a safer society. The other is a bill to allow concealed weapons in bars, banks, schools and state government buildings. These were vetoed by Schweitzer last session, and will likely be vetoed again.
What Howard and company cannot come to terms with is this basic fact: that in places like Sweden, Finland, Canada, Germany, England and many other strong democracies, there is plenty of hunting and gun ownership, but virtually no school shootings and in fact barely any gun violence at all. And no, they don’t accomplish it by arming elementary school students. They do it through common sense regulation. No assault weapons, no gun show loopholes where you can pay cash for a gun without any record of the transaction. No 100-round clips of ammo.
The fun part of the upcoming legislative session will be to observe the diminished power that Gary Marbut will wield. Marbut runs an outfit called Montana Shooting Sports Association, a group he formed to compete with the NRA which he views as too liberal an organization. He wants guns everywhere, and is the force behind bills like the ones that Howard is pushing. But it’s crazy stuff that even Montanans, who are gun purists, don’t really go in for.
Rep. Howard is the Chair of the House Human Services Committee of the Montana Legislature.
Here’s a screenshot of Rep. Howard’s post: