Reforming CCW ‘Frightening Trend’ for Moms Demand Action Founder

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Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, reportedly sees a trend toward constitutional carry as “frightening.”

U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- ABC News and the Associated Press have reported that efforts in several states to adopt “permitless” concealed carry laws—generically called “constitutional carry”—is “a frightening trend for Shannon Watts, founder of the gun control group Moms Demand Action (MDA).”

But proponents of constitutional carry, which is now the law in some 15 states, aren’t frightened at all. There are constitutional carry efforts underway in several states, the news agencies reported, including Utah. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, House Bill 60 is moving through the legislature and Gov. Spencer Cox supports the concept. The bill, which may be read here, has 33 co-sponsors.

But it is Montana where Watts’ group, which is supported by anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg, is focusing much of its alarmist rhetoric. There, according to Gary Marbut, president of the Montana Shooting Sports Association (MSSA), House Bill 102 is progressing. Via email, he told Ammoland News the measure, which will eliminate so-called “gun-free zones” and allow permitless carry, along with other reforms, “has passed the House and will see executive action by the Senate Judiciary Committee.”

Gary Marbut
Gary Marbut

He acknowledged the potential for some amendments, but he predicted a win in the Senate and then the legislation goes back to the House for concurrence.

Permitless concealed carry legislation evidently doesn’t please Watts at all. She told the Associated Press, “It is dangerous to allow people to carry hidden, loaded handguns possibly without a background check or any training.”

But the Moms group has taken to personally attacking Marbut, describing him in a news release as a “reckless gun extremist.” The group contends Marbut—the 2020 recipient of the “Grassroots Activist of the Year” award from the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms—has “extensive links to the militia movement and other extremists (sic) groups.”

And MDA further asserts: “In a recent piece in The Missoulian, Marbut highlights his support for a program that encourages children in first through third grade to have firearms in their classrooms. Research shows us that when children have access to firearms it triples the risk of firearm suicide across all age groups.”

However, the program does not appear to encourage any such thing, and neither does Marbut. Instead, the veteran Second Amendment advocate offered a draft resolution for consideration by the Missoula City Council.

The resolution includes a suggestion that the “Be Safe” program, a “firearms safety curricula designed for children in first through third grade” and approved by the Office of Public Instruction be used in the Missoula school system. And what does this program say?

“Be Safe is a story about how one typical Montana family deals with firearm safety issues in their home,” the website says. “This story is designed to be read to children of ages in first through third grades.

“Usually,” the explanation continues, “the presenter will read the story to kids, then will pass out a copy of the Be Safe brochure to each child, and ask them to take it home and ask a parent to read it to the child and siblings one more time before the children’s bed time. This helps initiate a family dialog about gun safety, and helps establish family standards for gun safety.

“Some parents may say, ‘But we don’t have any guns in our home,’” the narrative acknowledges. “Fine, but nearly all children will sometimes play at a friend’s or neighbor’s home. We estimate that about 90% of the homes in Montana contain firearms. We want all children to understand the first principle about gun safety for kids – don’t touch. If children should come into association with a firearm, anywhere, they will need the inoculation of some firearm safety preparation, just like water safety, fire safety, or traffic safety.”

Instead of promoting fear of firearms, the “Be Safe” program appears to promote respect for guns.

Marbut’s draft resolution also includes a section promoting the teaching of a Hunter Education course in Missoula public schools; the course offered by the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

But this example raises a question: If the Moms group says this about Marbut and his effort to provide genuine firearms safety training as part of the public school curriculum—there is nothing suggesting that children “have firearms in their classrooms”—what else is the Moms group wrong about? And is this apparent misrepresentation an accident or deliberate?

In his November 2020 Op-Ed in the Missoulian, Marbut recommended “that some additional training be planned and implemented for any City of Missoula personnel who may be involved in any way with enforcing Missoula ordinances, so that such personnel will be familiar with the changed conditions. Such training will help avoid any misunderstandings that could incur liability for the City of Missoula.”

This was in the wake of voter approval of Legislative Referendum 130, which strengthened state preemption.

It appears likely “constitutional carry” will become law in Utah and Montana, and perhaps elsewhere, the Associated Press story indicated.

Meanwhile, in Washington State, legislation is under consideration that likely appeals more to MDA members because it would ban so-called “high capacity magazines.” During a spirited hearing Monday before the Washington Senate Law & Justice Committee, advocates and proponents testified, reminding the Democrat-dominated committee that a case currently in the Ninth U.S. Court of Appeals known as Duncan v. Becerra has already been ruled on twice, both times finding a ban on such magazines in California to be unconstitutional.

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About Dave Workman

Dave Workman is a senior editor at TheGunMag.com and Liberty Park Press, author of multiple books on the Right to Keep & Bear Arms, and formerly an NRA-certified firearms instructor.

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RJL
RJL
8 months ago

First they came for the Communists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Communist
Then they came for the Socialists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Socialist
Then they came for the trade unionists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a trade unionist
Then they came for the Jews
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Jew
Then they came for me
And there was no one left
To speak out for me…

james
james
8 months ago

Looks like Ms. Watts is the person who is lacking grey matter.

james
james
8 months ago

She has to be in the headlines otherwise Bloomberg will find another face.

Dogma Factor
Dogma Factor
8 months ago

We need a new group! “Dads Demand Action” for common sense, constitutional carry and doing away with gun free zones!

uncle dudley
uncle dudley
8 months ago

Does Shannon Watts think that criminals who carry loaded firearms and had no backround check or any training will change the way they operate.
What a dumb mouth piece, and I am sick of her spouting untruths, another thing I wish some reporter would ask her, does she support planned parenthood and their abortion stance.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
8 months ago
Reply to  Dave Workman

Dave,

Are you aware if any female legislators (at the Federal level) have ever invited Watts to a debate regarding crime, accidental deaths, suicide and gun control laws?

What a great opportunity it would be for one of the legislators who are “fighting for our rights” to have a two hour debate on someone’s blog to get into the details.

Advertising, targeting suburban white women, could go out well in advance.

Thanks for the article.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
8 months ago
Reply to  Dave Workman

Dave,

I appreciate the response.

It’s a shame that the firearm community (me included) considers such an event an extraordinary undertaking by a politician. It should be routine.

Thanks again for your articles.

Tionico
Tionico
8 months ago

to allow people to carry hidden, loaded handguns possibly without a background check or any training.” IF anyone is carrying sucn an handgun WITHOUT bckground check, and that cannot pass one (i.e. is a “prohibited person” then that person is committing a felony. Already prohibited. As to training, one can go to school and learn how to ride a bicycle, or one can simply find one and figure it out. Same with driving, chainsaws, installing plumbing and electrical things, and firearms. Most anyone interested in getting one and learning about it WILL of a matter of course seek out SOMEONE… Read more »

Mike the Limey
Mike the Limey
8 months ago

Shannon Watts telling lies (again)?

I’m shocked, shocked I tell you!!

OK, I’m not really.

JoeUSooner
JoeUSooner
8 months ago

And Moms members are pornographic “reckless anti-gun extremists”… which fits right in, since those asses [the DemocRat Party icon IS a donkey!] are all about identity politics. Where’s the problem?

Elisa Delaurenti
8 months ago

Isn’t it rich how those demanding shrews march out the children as their pawns in this, yet they are the same demanding shrews who will advocate for murdering innocent babies, loading them up (The ones who aren’t aborted) with mind altering pharmaceuticals, and teaching them that girls can be boys and boys can be girls. But “For the sake of children”, we should make sure they’re never able to exercise their right to self defense.
BTW…. Watts and that web of lies in which she resides is under investigation by the IRS today for their various money laundering schemes.

Elisa Delaurenti
8 months ago

Those demanding shrews are paid a lot of money by bloomberg and his klan to lie and be hysterical. You should watch one of their useful grunts as she testified against HB102 with nothing but dishonest talking points and using children as pawns for their fear mongering. Fortunately, most of our legislators are onto their tactics here.

stick
stick
8 months ago

Known Gary since 1992. He’s the guy that got me into USPSA, my first shots fired in that discipline were from one of his revolvers. Honesty, class, integrity describe Gary, one of the few people in my life I hold the highest respect for. Keep up the good work, Gary.

SEMPAI
SEMPAI
8 months ago

Bet she has game consoles with first person shooter games for her socialist kids to play though, and I’m the problem?Maybe she should go after game designers since they brought the gun fascination into the home along with movies and T.V. shows.I had a gun rack everyday with a .22 and a .30-30
In my El Camino in high school as mentioned below EVERYDAY got in lots of fights as well but guess what? never shot up no school or anyone I fought with. Still got that old marlin 30-30.

Elisa Delaurenti
8 months ago
Reply to  SEMPAI

Exactly. They don’t dare touch the pharmaceuticals being handed out like candy to the kiddos from the time they’re born, either.

chocopot
chocopot
8 months ago

It is both pathetic and frightening that those on the Left are so concerned when citizens choose to exercise the rights explicitly guaranteed to us all by the Constitution. What does that say about those on the Left?

Elisa Delaurenti
8 months ago
Reply to  chocopot

It says they demand we disarm, so they can shove their diabolical ideologies down our throats without risk of us fighting back.

chocopot
chocopot
8 months ago

Those on the Left have proven over and over that they are all dictator wannabe’s just waiting for the opportunity to show themselves for what they really are.

MSG L
MSG L
8 months ago

If mz watts is so afraid of unpermitted, concealed carry, maybe she would be better with 2A permitted Open Carry. My state has “permit less carry” on the roster and the Governor will be signing it soon.

mlhtd51
mlhtd51
8 months ago

Watts is a Worthless Human Being, She has NO Life, but She does have Armed Security.

JoeUSooner
JoeUSooner
8 months ago
Reply to  mlhtd51

I once reminded Mzzz Watts that “Moms Demand Action” was a 1980s porn movie. You should have seen (and heard!) her reaction when I asked which role she played! (And it’s miraculous… I get the exact same response whenever I ask ANY member of Moms – which I do, at every opportunity! My wife’s not real amused about that, but it’s so much fun!)

nod
nod
8 months ago

Mini Mike Bloomberg said years ago he was going to win gun control one state at a time. Trying to pass gun control on the USA as a whole wasn’t working. Mini Mike seems to be making headway with his one state at a time approach.

Bill Sr.
Bill Sr.
8 months ago

I’m 68yrs old now but I clearly remember 2 things we did every morning in school. We would stand, bow our heads and recite The Lords Prayer then we placed our right hand over our hearts, face the flag and say The Pledge Of Allegiance and NO ONE took a knee or showed any disrespect to either of these actions. We were all mostly country kids and along with some of the “city” kids we all grew up around guns. I have 2 sons and a daughter and when each of them reached around 5yrs old I started teaching them… Read more »

Last edited 8 months ago by Bill Sr.
mlhtd51
mlhtd51
8 months ago
Reply to  Bill Sr.

Bill Sr. We are about the same age and went I went to HS we parked our pick-up truck in the HS lot, UNLOCKED with a 22LR in the Back Window Gun Rack, Ammo on the seat or in the Glove Box. My how things have Changed.

Last edited 8 months ago by mlhtd51
willyd
willyd
8 months ago
Reply to  mlhtd51

Another one around the same age, topped out a little more, my car or pick-up always had a rifle in them and we also had a rifle range in the basement of the High School, how times have changed, it’s now used for equipment storage!!!!!!!!

willyd
willyd
8 months ago
Reply to  willyd

I forgot to mention my mother was the one that got me into shooting and hunting when I came of age, two women I never wanted mad at me if they had a gun in hand was my Grandmother or my mother, both were crack shots!!!!!!!!

JoeUSooner
JoeUSooner
8 months ago
Reply to  Bill Sr.

I’m 70, and I too remember – fondly – those long-ago school days. As I understand it, our generation did not turn out too badly!

Vince
Vince
8 months ago

MDA exhibits most of the ten telltale signs of being a cult. If it walks like a duck, quacks like…..

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
8 months ago

Do you think if we had biden read the course to his people that they would get it and understand that guns are not a bad thing? Oops you have to be at least as smart as a first grader. My bad.

1378 days until we can elect Trump for office again.

Old Ch.E.
Old Ch.E.
8 months ago

Some of these women would advocate for teaching these same first graders about “100 genders” and homosexual behavior than to have them learn respect for and safety around a dirty old gun.

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
8 months ago
Reply to  Old Ch.E.

My sister inlaw worked in Washington in a school district not far from seattle. she said that they had kids in 3rd and 4th grades that thought they were just the opposite sex than God made them. When I was that age we didn’t even know what sex was and learned about sex and drugs in high school.

Old Ch.E.
Old Ch.E.
8 months ago
Reply to  musicman44mag

Being perhaps somewhat older than you all we learned about the topics in high school was “don’t”. I was even subjected to a WCTU presentation along about sixth grade. Never signed that or any other pledge except my marriage vows to this day.

swmft
swmft
8 months ago
Reply to  Old Ch.E.

they f…ed up their own kids and are trying to justify it was not my fault , yes it was if you dont teach them respect for tools (guns are tools), other people ,and teach about life; the confusion when the become adolescents can be too much

Ronnie
Ronnie
8 months ago

IMO– These anti 2A Org’s — Have no Idea That they Are Being Used By these Wealthy Politicians Who Back them = It work’s to Their AGENDA! BUT if The MOM’s Demand action & Others would LOOK UP THE NUMBER’S & FACT’S And Heed By them !! this would not Be MOM’S AGAINST GUNS = It Would be – MOM’S AGAINST CRIMINAL’S and GANG’S WITH GUN’S!= this Is The REAL PROBLEM the Political AGENDA IS TO DISARM THE WHOLE COUNTRY except The CRIMINALS ! We All See this differently- We All See the News – About INNOCENT PEOPLE Getting Robbed… Read more »

swmft
swmft
8 months ago
Reply to  Ronnie

if you remember bloomberg disbanded first anti gun group because gang leaders and other criminals were at the top, look what chavez did in venezuela armed the gangs bloomberg still has the gangs on his side why do you think the police let people destroy other peoples stuff but arrest defenders

nrringlee
nrringlee
8 months ago

Without hyperbole, false analogy and half truths the anti-liberty, anti self reliance crowd would have no arguments. Moms and their billionaire backers depend upon emotional pleas and emotional responses to those panic driven pleas to drive public policy. We are handicapped with our dependence on verifiable truth. You cannot read the pap put out by the anti liberty gang without encountering twists of fact and logic. This is one such case. One would only hope that people would do some research, listen to counter arguments and employ a bit of critical thinking when addressing these issues. But then again, most… Read more »

Cruiser
Cruiser
8 months ago
Reply to  nrringlee

I went to public school when they taught AMERICAN History,
and learned not to repeat it.

Last edited 8 months ago by Cruiser
musicman44mag
musicman44mag
8 months ago
Reply to  Cruiser

Amen, you must be as old as I am because when they taught American history they told us the reason that we needed to learn it was so we don’t repeat the mistakes made in the past..

Last edited 8 months ago by musicman44mag
Stampman
Stampman
8 months ago

As long as we have people who think criminals will somehow magically obey laws. We’ll have a continued need to argue for the constitutional right to bear arms. That we’re at this time in the world and history that is so very volatile. Reinforces our founders notion of not only the second amendment, but all of them.

MikeRoss
MikeRoss
8 months ago

Watts is such a disgusting liar, she has no shame.