On March 26 the Idaho Statesman reported that our majority party failed to pass an expansion of Medicaid to provide health insurance for 78,000 fellow Idahoans. However, they saw fit to pass a law allowing anyone 21 years of age to carry a concealed weapon without a permit.
This adds to 2014’s passing of a law that — despite objections from all law enforcement officers, university and college presidents — allowed anyone with an enhanced permit to carry a concealed weapon on campus. I would like to have one of the so-called leaders of the party of ‘no’ explain to me why they refused to provide the opportunity of health insurance for the rest of our citizens.
Gov. Butch Otter, a gun owner and lifetime member of the NRA, said upon signing the latest gun right bill that he had some reservations about the bill because it lacked education and training.. You think? Did his lifetime membership have anything to do with his signing the bill anyway? I feel sorry for our law enforcement people because he just made their tough job a lot tougher.
No to health insurance. Yes to packing a hidden gun. One party rules.
Joe Zimmer, Boise