Dear MSSA Friends,
Governor Bullock has gutted our Restaurant Carry bill, HB 494, with an “amendatory veto.”
In his veto message, Governor Bullock asserts he is a “strong advocate for the second amendment rights of the citizens of Montana.” Right.
Rather than an outright veto, I imagine Governor Bullock used the amendatory veto so he can claim that the majority of the Senate and House passed a bad bill, and with his brilliant amendment he was able to correct it. That, in turn, will support his claim that his peculiar brand of “common sense” is superior to the rights we citizens have reserved to ourselves from government interference.
We see by this that the Democrats of Montana have not learned that when you find yourself trapped in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging. Montana Democrats have not figured out that they continue to drive themselves into irrelevance with their weasel-worded and disingenuous opposition to principles that are important to Montana.
The number of Democrats in the Montana Legislature continues to shrink as they continue to cling to their fringy, anti-gun ideas. They lost every major office in Montana last November except for narrowly hanging onto the Governor’s office with a smear campaign funded by copious money from out-of-state. Thanks in part to Bullock, his weasley excuses, and his anti-gun attitude, when he leaves office in three years Democrats will be at the lowest ebb ever in Montana history.
So, for the long run, we should thank Governor Bullock. Thanks for so reliably carrying the consistently anti-gun Democrat flag. Thanks for your key part in ushering the Democrats into total irrelevance in Montana.
-- Gary Marbut, president Montana Shooting Sports Association http://www.mtssa.org Author, Gun Laws of Montana http://www.mtpublish.com