For every child who dies in a school shooting, 99 more died of gun violence outside the school. You add that up, that’s a Sandy Hook every two and a half days. The incident happened on the fourth of December. I was down in the lower floor of the building, and I heard this just incredible boom and saw a student whom I recognize. I could see the gun in his hand. As he passed me, he fired a shot. It hit me in the side and passed right through my body and knocked me to the floor. He fired a second time and I could not get up, I couldn’t get out of the way, I really couldn’t do anything. Had I been armed, there’s no way I could possibly have done anything to change the outcome. GARY MARBUT: What it takes to stop somebody with a gun is somebody else with a gun that’s why people call the police when somebody starts shooting. In 50 years, there hasn’t been a single situation in Montana schools where having an armed staff person with a concealed weapon would have made one ounce of difference. Schools everywhere across the country are designated as gun-free zones and, you know, recent legislation is attempting to challenge that. In a way it tries to open up guns everywhere, 24-7, no restrictions. LAWMAKER: Second Amendment says a well-ordered militia being necessary to the security of the free State the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. It’s not about a well-ordered militia. It does not say – this is my point – it does not say anyone should have any gun anywhere they want it. LAWMAKER: Guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens stop criminals from killing people. It’s that simple. That’s what this bill is about. It’s not about crazy people owning guns, it’s about law-abiding citizens using a firearm to defend themselves and their students. MOFFATT: Groups like Moms Demand Action had a focus on ‘What are some prevented things that might help keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them in the first place?’ House Bill 385 would have forced k12 school districts to let full-time school employees carry concealed handguns including teachers, guidance counselors, librarians, coaches, janitors. It was a reckless piece of legislation backed by the gun lobby that flew in the face of common sense. But thanks to all of your hard work, House Bill 385 was rejected on the House floor. I think we can have a balance in Montana, which has a strong and rich hunting tradition and, you know, gun ownership by responsible people. I think that can work fine, you know, and and I’m not trying to change that at all. It’s just this is not responsible, it’s not common sense, it’s not in line with our history and tradition in the state.