Congressional Clash On Guns
Montana’s congressional candidates are divided on gun control. Republican congressman Ryan Zinke said the House postponed its response to the Orlando massacre– the worst mass shooting in modern history– because there isn’t enough agreement to pass a bill. There isn’t even agreement on what to call the problem, with Democrats proposing gun control, while Zinke joins Republicans in proposing “anti-terrorism” legislation that happens to contain gun language.
Zinke and Democratic challenger Denise Juneau frame the issue differently. House Democrats want to deny guns to people who appear on terrorism watch lists like the one that prevents suspects from flying on commercial airlines. The watch list solution has been boiled down to four words: “no fly, no buy." They also want more thorough background checks. Juneau said what’s important is that a compromise solution gets crafted that doesn’t trample individual’s Second Amendment rights important to Montana’s gun heritage.