Guns, Montana and The Nation [AUDIO]
The gun control conversation seems to be as much of a talking point these days as the near epidemic of the FLU. Montana and guns go hand in hand! So on The Billings Morning News the last several weeks we have asked for your local perspective and insight and we appreciate your phone calls into the studio. (406-294-0970).
On January 16 President Obama signed 23 executive orders combating gun violence. Our Montana political figures or at least a handful have released their reaction. (source KTVQ.)
Congressman Steve Daines response to Obama’s gun control initiatives.
“I am committed to protecting and defending Montanans’ Second Amendment rights, and will stand firm against efforts to infringe upon those rights. I have serious concerns that the President’s plan infringes upon the constitutional rights of the thousands of Montanans who safely and lawfully exercise their Second Amendment rights every day.”
Senator Jon Tester issued this statement today after the Presidents plan was unveiled:
“As Congress considers ways to address gun violence, we must look at all aspects of this issue. Our priority must be keeping all Americans–especially our kids–safe. I will look closely at all proposals on the table, but we must use common sense and respect our Constitution.”
Montana’s senior Senator Max Baucus also shared his thoughts in a statement today:
“Recent tragedies have shaken all of us, and everyone wants to do their part to protect our children and communities from violence of all kinds. Enforcing the laws we already have on the books is good first step, and it’s clear more needs to be done to address access to mental health care. Before passing new laws, we need a thoughtful debate that respects responsible, law-abiding gun owners in Montana instead of a one-size-fits all directives from Washington.”
Please listen to Billings and surrounding community residents speak about this national issue. Thank you for the intelligent talk on FM Newsradio 95 and The Billings Morning News.