I spent decades teaching public speaking 101 to college students. At the start, hoping to launch even the most nervous, I assigned a quick talk entitled “An Experience That Taught Me a Lesson.” It took only two sections to realize young people are incredibly careless with firearms. Young people brought up by careful cautious caring parents act stupid feckless dangerous. In two hours classmates learned of crippled pets, blown away limbs, killed truck roofs and deafened friends. The assignment in some mutation continued for decades. The gunshot stories continued, changing only in growing more pervasive.
Disregarding this knowledge, our legislators have given us a gift that will keep on giving. Because of HB 102 we can be assured that everyone wherever we are will be carrying a loaded concealed weapon. Regulations have been lifted. The least helpful of which is that nobody needs a permit and the state of Montana won’t make $55 for every concealed weapon being carried. I don’t know of anyone who is in a college/university classroom now who is not very apprehensive about teaching under this law. Nor do I know anyone who wants the Legislature to take policy-making power from the Board of Regents.