Gun Control: Knee Jerk or Necessary?

News Director Sally Mauk and panelists Dana Gale, Doug Webber, Ed Monnig, Sheriff Chris Hoffman

News Director Sally Mauk and panelists Dana Gale, Doug Webber, Ed Monnig, Sheriff Chris Hoffman

Gun control continues to be nationally debated in the wake of the most recent mass shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school. As part of the Montana Public Media “Guns in the Big Sky” series, Montana Public Radio recently aired a live, one-hour discussion of whether new gun control legislation is necessary, or simply a knee jerk reaction to tragedy. News Director Sally Mauk hosted the discussion, featuring four panelists: hunters Doug Webber and Ed Monnig, Dana Gale of “Moms Demand Action”, and Ravalli County Sheriff Chis Hoffman. Listeners also submitted questions online. The discussion covered everything from universal background checks to banning semi-automatic weapons.

The N.R.A. doesn’t speak for these Montana gun owners

In recent weeks, News Director Sally Mauk has done feature interviews on gun control with a Montana sheriff opposed to any new gun control, and a small businesswoman and mom who favors stricter gun laws. Continuing that conversation, in this feature interview Sally sits down with two long time Montana hunters and gun owners – retired emergency room physician Doug Webber and retired forest service supervisor Ed MonnigĀ  – to get their views on gun violence and gun control…