Letters to the editor May 29

Letters to the editor May 29

School election turnout Regarding Sue Corrigan’s letter May 24 thanking the voters for re-electing the incumbents, I would like to point out that only 31% of all eligible voters actually voted. I would venture a guess the majority of that 31% were either school district employees or others who benefit directly from the school board’s continual levy requests. The results of the election were due to voter apathy rather than community support. —Colin Johnson, Kalispell Guns on campus I wish to thank the Board of Regents for voting unanimously to challenge HB102 in court. Two constitutional issues are at stake. The Montana constitution gives the Board of Regents sole authority to manage the Montana university system, which the “campus carry” portion of HB102 would supersede. And supporters of HB102 argue that the Second Amendment gives anyone the right to bear arms, therefore guns should be allowed on college campuses. One caller into a recent listening session cited this as a reason for why the Regents should not pursue judicial review. But Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, writing for the majority in the 2008 DC vs. Heller decision, said that “the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited” and that nothing in the court’s decision “should be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions … or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings …” (university campuses are both). Having spent the majority of my professional life on a college campus, […]

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