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."