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Rosendale ad sends wrong message to kids

2014-05-06T00:00:00Z 2014-05-06T14:54:06Z Rosendale ad sends wrong message to kids The Billings Gazette
May 06, 2014 12:00 am

I'm not sure where to start with Matt Rosendale's irresponsible kick off commercial. Apparently he wants the country to know that when a citizen from Montana comes across something we disagree with, don't like or feel violates our privacy, we pull out our big guns and destroy it.

My husband and I happen to be gun owners but, more importantly, we respect how those guns are to be used. Montanans, including me, have very strong opinions and value our privacy, absolutely no disagreement there. However, we also recognize the value of not only our property but that of others. In fact we take great pride in those values. That's what we teach our kids.

I would like to think that his commercial was some sort of joke or "tongue in cheek" thing but I fear that it's exactly how he wants the country to see him and the state of Montana. The really sad thing is that his irresponsible commercial isn't just viewed by adult voters. It's also available to our children and grandchildren. Blowing things away that we take issue with? That's how we, as adults deal with problems? That's no message for young people. With those principles, Rosendale certainly has no place in Washington making any decisions for me or anyone else in Montana.

Jan Wilkins

Pompeys Pillar

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