Deputize armed volunteers to protect schools, says perennial Idaho candidate Pro-Life

The six-time candidate formerly known as Marvin Richardson said Monday that he's running for governor again and urged sheriffs to organize an unpaid cadre or armed guards for Idaho's schools.

"The community would say, 'Farmer Joe's over there with his gun,' and they'd feel safe," Pro-Life said Monday in reaction to Friday's deadly school shooting in Connecticut.

He suggested Idaho's 44 sheriffs meet with school boards to discuss the matter.

"The sheriff could qualify people to go to the schools with their firearms and protect the schools," he said. "If I was governor, I would suggest they do that. But I'd say, 'It's up to you. I'm not ordering you to do that.'"

Pro-Life, 72, has run on the Constitution Party ticket, as well as an independent. He said he plans to keep on running as long as he's alive, adding that his parents lived into their nineties.

"Maybe it'll be 20 times, I don't know," said the Gem County organic strawberry grower. "It depends how long I live. As long as the world's going to hell, I'm going to keep talking about why we shouldn't do what we do."

A loser in all six races, Richardson said he was pleased with his best-ever showing in November, when he finished fourth for 1st District Congress, with 2.4 percent of the vote.

He ran for the Legislature in 2004 as Marvin Richardson and for governor as Richardson in 2006. He changed his name and was on the ballot for U.S. Senate as Pro-Life in 2008, followed by his 2010 bid for governor and 2012's congressional race.

He said he has no expectation of winning in 2014. "I don't think an independent can be elected governor; I think only a Republican can be elected."

Pro-Life said he's a one-issue candidate, but that issue isn't limited to opposition to abortion.

"It all comes back to Jesus's message that people shouldn't be selfish," he said. "We need to get God back into government."

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....so packing guns comes back to Jesus' message?

You make no da*n sense, Pro Life.

You do know this country was founded on separation of church and state, right?

You've never heard of Jesus Bronson?

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How many schools get attacked by deranged murderers anyway?

As I have said before (to Ugly), this school practiced lockdowns as policy and WAS LOCKED (even the parent had to get permission to enter) so the killer smashed the window.

The staff did everything they should have to stop him and the six adult who died did all they coukd to protect the children...they have some of the best security measure in the nation and are a nationally top-ranked school.

They DIED to save them and that and the police arriving, driving him to kill himself is what saved the rest. He had enough ammo to kill all of them.

With the way he entered forcefully and quickly, without much warning could a guard have survived to kill the shooter?

More stupid macho posturing on the account of a clueless Walter Mitty of a person.

Tepocketa Tepocketa INDEED.

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You realize, Dan,

that whatever attention you give to this kook brings you down to his level. Why not find some drunk passed out on the Green Belt and ask him what he thinks? They're both equally informed.

Dale Keys
Boise

agree

There are kooks on both sides of the political spectrum.
The Statesman writers like to highlight the 'conservative' kooks, while passing by the others. Par for the paper.

For a good reason

There are so very many more kooks on the right.

Idaho's Favorite Strawberry Farmer

You might have well just quoted mental giant Bryan Fischer who said: God let the massacre happen in public school because he’s not wanted there.

Or Texas Rep Louie Ohmert who said the principal should have had an M4 assault rifle locked in her office to stop the attack.

How about asking a few educators what they think about more firearms in schools.

More goofy macho dudes thinking with the wrong...

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What the....

Dan, aside from generating a few chuckles, I just don't see why you/the Statesperson continue to provide Richardson with a forum for his ideas and vain impulses. There are any number of people who have run for public office in Idaho and gotten a similar number of votes as Richardson. Why single this guy out? It ends up being nothing more than gratuitous kookiness, Dan Popkey, the Geraldo Rivera of Idaho.

A number of elected

A number of elected officials across the nation have suggested the same idea, basically, that Pro-Life has: arm the teachers, the principals, post an armed guard at the school entrance. Frankly, none of these sound like good ideas to me. But, why blast Dan Popkey for reporting that an Idahoan (crack-pot or not) is expressing the same idea that others across the nation are suggesting? It's just the same dumb idea from an Idaho source, why the grumbling?

Google

"Joel Myrick, Pearl High School". He acted and made a difference.

Armed Farmer Joes

Armed Farmer Joes hanging around schools. I feel safer already, blessed by the mere thought of my child protected by this unselfish Jesus Militia.

This is bound to significantly increase his impressive share of the Idaho electorate in the next cycle.

Here you go

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pearl_High_School_shooting

The Principal

The story says it was the assistant principle. This was not farmer joe, the untrained but sheriff qualified pistol packing volunteer enforcing Jesus be nice.

This was a school employee and army reserve commander that retrieved the weapon from his vehicle.

Not the same thing at all. Not at all.

Maybe it is the same thing in your world. Not in mine.

Only a proctologist

Could find your world. And your head.

I take it he has your vote.

Elections are over for now. Good luck on the next go round.

Don't be an idiot

Here is a school district in texas where some of the teachers have been trained and do carry guns. http://news.yahoo.com/texas-town-allows-teachers-carry-concealed-guns-081017416.html

I knew there was a reason I slept in most of yesterday.

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Pull your head out, you ain't gonna hear Jingle Bells.

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pistol packing volunteer enforcing Jesus?

What the? You're right..not in my world. In my world, pistol packing volunteers dont need to enforce Jesus. How do you "enforce Jesus" anyway? Isn't that what they did during the inquisition?

It all comes back to

"The sheriff could qualify people to go to the schools with their firearms and protect the schools," he said.

"It all comes back to Jesus's message that people shouldn't be selfish," he said. "We need to get God back into government."

You don't want to be forced to sit in the Comfy Chair?

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On second thought

Dan, I would 100% ignore anythign ProLife has to say.

HOWEVER, please review this news spot to see what a school in Texas is doing and post thoughts. IMO it is difficult not to agree with their strategy and find some positive value in it.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57559912/texas-school-district-encourages-armed-teachers-for-protection/

Arms, or protheses, no matter, teaching doesn't need limbs.

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