Arm teachers? Require gun training? Here’s where Idaho governor candidates stand | Idaho Statesman

Arm teachers? Require gun training? Here’s where Idaho governor candidates stand | Idaho Statesman

As a Western state built from public lands and with a heritage of hunting and ranching, Idaho’s gun culture has long been integral to its identity. A March report from personal finance website WalletHub declared that we depend on the gun industry more than any other state, after examining our rate of gun ownership and industry-related jobs. And as Americans take to the streets and social media to demand a national dialogue on gun violence, Idaho’s gubernatorial candidates are split. Some want to see change, others balk at the idea and some want to skirt the conversation all together. One candidate, whose son was shot to death, is calling for repealing gun regulations. “Blame the killer and law enforcement, punish them, not gun owners. I support the Second Amendment,” Republican Steve Pankey said. One thing they mostly all agree on is that they see mental illness as a serious […]

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