Last night I discovered a couple of day old article about City of Missoula engaging in an emergency clampdown on concealed carry heading into the election.
Montana has undergone rapid Californiacation in recent years. Once the state was Big Sky Country, home to ranchers and miners. People who worked hard and made their money off the land.
California Liberals, having ruined their own state, fled – or perhaps more accurately metastasized – into Colorado. Once only a vacation spot for Californians, many decided to relocate there permanently. The once cowboy state of Colorado is now the San Francisco of the Rockies. Having destroyed the politics of Colorado, Californians spread into Montana.
Consequently, Montana has become surprisingly liberal for such a large, rural state. A quarter of the state’s population lives in to metropolitan areas, Billings and Missoula.
It is Missoula that we turn our attention to today.
The Missoula City Council expanded the list of places Monday where weapons are banned, despite comments that ran about two to one against the proposal.
Three of the 11 city council members at Monday night’s meeting voted against the amendment to the current weapons’ restriction ordinance, saying they had some concerns about the ability to enforce it, worried it went too far and were not sure it would actually make Missoula safer.
Most restrictions on concealed carry go too far and won’t make anybody safer, still it happens because the Left hates guns.
“I think we have done some good work tonight. It is a good policy, but I have some concerns about the ordinance and the ability to enforce it,” said Julie Armstrong, who along with Michelle Cares and Jesse Ramos opposed the amendment. Armstrong holds a concealed carry permit, and initially tried to alter the amendment to allow others with permits to carry firearms in some city parks, but that motion died.
Council member Heather Harp said while they heard from “a lot of impassioned souls from all sides,” she doesn’t feel as though threats to her personal safety lurk around every corner, and that the expansion of the firearms ban is quite limited.
“When talking about firearms, people’s lives are at stake,” Harp said. “There’s so much violence in the world. We are a country that continues to be a place that allows citizens access to guns, and none of us are talking of taking that away. We just want places where they are limited.”
She feels safe in a park so everyone has to have their guns restricted there? This is more “my Liberal feelings trump your civil rights.”
Council member Mirtha Becerra added that people may carry guns with good intentions to save their friends and families if they are threatened, but that if shooting does begin, the police don’t always immediately know who is the bad guy.
“What they don’t carry is a sign saying ‘I’m the good guy. I’m stable,'” Becerra said. “It’s a judgment call for people not carrying the gun. I don’t think that should be a judgment call, and we don’t have to wait until an incident happens to make this more clear.”
I cannot think of a single case where the police show up to an active defensive shooting and kill the CCW holder. If someone knows about one, let me know in the comments. The reason for CCW is that the cops are never there when you need one, and most shootings last little more than a few seconds. The likelihood of a cop rolling up on a protracted CCW gun battle is next to zero. This is a bullshit talking point.
About 75 people crowded into the Missoula council chambers for the 2 1/2-hour public hearing, with some gun proponents explaining how they could help protect their families and friends, while also invoking their Second Amendment right to bear arms.
I bet that 74 of them were pro gun. The problem for us and for places like Montana, Colorado, the Dakotas, Florida, etc., is that we pro gun conservatives are too busy working. It’s the Liberals who have the luxury of running for office and holding spots on city counsels and state legislatures.
While the ranchers ranch or the miners mine, the Californicators have the resources to run for office.
I’d run for office but I don’t have a year’s savings put aside for me to pay my bills while I do all the campaigning I need to do and I don’t have a billionaire benefactor to bankroll me.
“These are not people in our society we need to be restricting their opportunities and their freedoms,” said Steve Tidwell. “Criminals are still going to be criminals. Responsible folks will still be responsible whether they carry a weapon or not. To me this is a needless ordinance and will only restrict people from going to public places where they should be there to protect others and themselves.”
Others people like Jean Larson, wearing a red Moms Demand Action T-shirt, warned of the dangers and intimidation caused by gun-toting individuals.
Enter the billionaire bankroll.
“Gun violence is a public health emergency in our nation. Ninety-five people are killed per day with guns,” Larson said. “We have a need and a right to be safe from this public health emergency.”
Not in Montana. Imposing Chicago CCW restrictions in Missoula won’t do anything but restrict the freedoms of gun owning Montanans.
Council member Julie Merritt proposed the changes in September as both an emergency amendment and an update to an existing city ordinance after concerns were raised about open and concealed carrying of weapons in polling places. Weapons aren’t allowed in schools, where many polling places are. But there are also voting sites that are not school based.
“It was brought to our attention that the county attorneys office fields quite a few questions from the public about concealed carry in certain places, including polling places,” Merritt said.
She wanted to clarify and expand the ordinance to include polling places as well as other public places. The emergency amendment route was needed in order to have the ordinance in place by the Nov. 6 election.
The amended ordinance, which is effective immediately, prohibits members of the public from bringing firearms into any building where the City Council meets or to public assemblies, public museums, the public library, certain public parks under the city’s jurisdiction and “any other locations of public assembly where persons gather together to conduct and/or administer any public election while election-related activities are taking place.”
So I wonder if Antifa is going to try to swing the MT Senate race for Tester?
Can anyone say voter intimidation of Rosendale supporters?
This is a very close race and the GOP has squeaked ahead of the Dem candidate in the wake of Kavanaugh, who was very popular among Montanans.
Generally speaking, the 52 public parks where firearms will be prohibited are those that have playgrounds, aquatics features, park shelters, sports or special event facilities and those that regularly serve as outdoor youth camps or classrooms, or serve primarily as a safe route to schools.
Because having a holstered concealed gun near a playground gives off gun cooties that hurt children.
Missoula is now under the thumb of Michael Bloomberg and Montana gun rights are dying from Californian graft vs. host syndrome.
I hope Rosendale’s supporters aren’t bulled from voting.