Max, what’s so bad about background checks for gun buyers?

by Pete Talbot

My background gets checked all the time: for jobs, when I buy insurance, leave or enter the country, try to get a loan or apply for a credit card.

Background checks for gun buyers aren’t that big a deal. No one is limiting their choice of weapons or trying to take any away.

And 90 percent of Americans believe that expanded background checks are OK. Some of that 90 percent must live in Montana, right, Max?

If it were me, I’d support a ban on assault weapons and 30-plus-round clips. But I understand Max’s trepidation on this. The last time Max did anything controversial – and he probably didn’t realize it at the time – he voted for the Brady Bill.  The bill came about after President Reagan, Press Secretary James Brady, and a Secret Service agent and DC cop were wounded in an 1981 assassination attempt.

The Brady Bill was finally signed into law by President Clinton in 1993.  Many Republicans supported this legislation. Yet, Ax Max signs showed up around the state.

Next year,  he’s up for re-election, and Ax Max signs still haunt him.

I don’t expect Max to support ammo clip or assault weapon legislation but still, he’s against expanded background checks? C’mon Max, do you really need the votes from folks who think background checks are a radical infringement on their 2nd Amendment rights?  You’re worried about Republican candidates Corey Stapleton or Champ Edmunds?  You’ve already got $6.5 million in campaign funds in the bank.  No Republican challenger can come close to raising that kind of money.  You should be more worried about a primary challenger who would vote the correct way on expanded background checks.

Max always says: “My job is to stand up for Montanans, they are my employers.” I would venture that his employers are big pharma, insurance, finance and now the NRA.  Prove me wrong, Max.


  1. Max does not represent Montanans. He has been sucking at the public tit in Washington for so long he hasn’t a clue what life is here in his home state. He is truly one of the most corrupt and weaseley cowards in Congress and I just wish someone would stand up and run against him in a primary. However, you are right – he has so much money from FIRE and Pharma that no one will be able to beat him as long as he wants to stay in Washington and be called “Senator”. $700K was enough to buy the AG’s office for Tim Fox who should never be in charge of anyone’s hen house, particularly ours. He is singularly unfit for public office and is already doing the bidding of his rich benefactors. And we could have had Pam Bucy!!! It just goes to show if you spend enough money on teevee and radio ads low information voters will return the big spender every time.

  2. Big Swede

    It gets even better Pete.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2013/04/17/uh-oh-obamacare-author-warns-implementation-could-be-a-train-wreck/

    I feel your pain.

  3. Big Swede

    And a history lesson.

    Nazi Weapons Act of 1938 (Translated to English)

    Classified guns for “sporting purposes”.
    All citizens who wished to purchase firearms had to register with the Nazi officials and have a background check.
    Presumed German citizens were hostile and thereby exempted Nazis from the gun control law.
    Gave Nazis unrestricted power to decide what kinds of firearms could, or could not be owned by private persons.
    The types of ammunition that were legal were subject to control by bureaucrats.
    Juveniles under 18 years could not buy firearms and ammunition.

    • JC

      Thanks for proving Godwin’s law, once again…

      • Big Swede

        So what do you call registration/confiscation/tranny/mass murder that has happened in other countries?

        Russia, China, Cambodia comes to mind.

        • Pete Talbot

          Swede, if our government were to get to a point where it was confiscating weapons, it wouldn’t. It would just send in a drone to level your house.

          And JC, I hadn’t heard of Godwin’s Law before. How true, how true …

          • Big Swede

            Registration tells them which address to fly the drone over.

        • JC

          Our country may be becoming more fascistic — particularly in an economic sense — but we have a long way to go till we are as bad as russia, china or cambodia (or nazi germany) in many ways.

          Of course, fighting fascism in america doesn’t mean defending and proselytizing the free market system as it is just another tool of those who are directing our neoliberal form of fascism. Likewise libertarianism isn’t the solution, as the Paulian version of it rolls back all of the civil and social advances our country has made.

          So we need to look elsewhere…

          • Big Swede

            How ’bout we run this country like NA reservations?

            • JC

              You got some reservations about getting clean? There’s a program for that. If I had my suspicions, I’d say you were addicted to money…

  4. James

    Thankfully Max stood up against an out-of-control government that continues to encroach on the rights of its citizens. He called ObamaCare a “train-wreck” today too. Good job Max!

    • JC

      James, have you forgotten that Max is the “brainchild” behind Obamacare? And are you aware of what he is referring to when he says “trainwreck”? The trainwreck is the result of the GOP refusing to budget monies to implement Obamacare, in terms of education, marketing and setting up and running many more exchanges due to GOP-led intransigence at the state level. The trainwreck is occurring because HHS is having to rob Peter (existing programs) to pay Paul (Obamacare implementation), and is having a tough go of it.

      The “trainwreck” that Max refers to is just a way for him to frame the problems with implementing Obamacare as a result of GOP obstructionism. Believe me, once the campaign heats up next year, and Obamacare is undergoing all of its implementation growth pains, the GOP will be lambasting Baucus for how poorly it is functioning, and he is going to blame the GOP’s strategic undermining of it.

      Campaign issue #1 for the 2014 Senate round.

  5. lizard19

    none of this hand-wringing over another Baucus betrayal will mean a goddamn thing if Democrats like Pogie continue supporting him. from the link:

    But I do know this: if we return Senator Baucus to Washington, women will have another vote to protect their reproductive rights, labor will have an ally who represents workers, schools will have an advocate for adequate funding and support, and those without health insurance or with pre-existing conditions will have someone fighting for their health. And let’s not forget: Max was the first elected statewide political official to stand for marriage equality.

    yeah, about that “fighting for their health” bit, that’s not how Fox news is gleefully reporting Max’s commitment to ACA:

    A senior Democratic senator who helped write President Obama’s health care law stunned administration officials Wednesday, saying openly he thinks it’s headed for a “train wreck.”

    “I just see a huge train wreck coming down,” Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., told Obama’s health care chief during a routine budget hearing that suddenly turned tense.

    the impending train wreck is mostly a result of Republican-held states refusing to participate in implementation of medicaid expansion and state exchanges.

    and who could have ever anticipated problems with Republican-held states going along with a health care fix they spent so much money and political capital demonizing?

  6. Pete Talbot

    I like to think that if a good progressive who looked to have a fighting chance in the general election challenged Baucus in the primary, that Pogie would vote for the progressive.

    Some big ‘ifs’ there, I know.

    As for Baucus’ “train wreck,” he helped orchestrate it by taking single-payer off the table and then screwing up the public option.

  7. Turner

    Can we talk Schweitzer into running against Max?

    • Pete Talbot

      I don’t think so. Schweitzer is busy trying to take over the Stillwater palladium mine in Columbus, MT.

      http://missoulian.com/news/state-and-regional/stillwater-mining-fights-takeover-effort-by-schweitzer/article_e2de2bdc-917a-11e2-91e9-0019bb2963f4.html

    • MontanaMom

      Schweitzer would have voted exactly like Max.

      The guy got out guns for his own reelection commercials. And in doing so, proved he never shot skeet.

      Or, for that matter, he also proved he never roped a calf.

      • Pogo Possum

        I was in a restaurant in Eastern Montana cowboy country on a hunting trip the first night the Schweitzer “roping a steer” ad first aired, MontanaMom. The whole place exploded in laughter when cowboy Brian roped a steer off the wrong side of his horse and thus proceeded to strangle his poor horse on state wide television.

        While Schweitzer’s poor shooting form by itself made a joke of the commercial for any competitive skeet/trap shooter, the fellow who did the special effects knew even less about shooting than Brian did. The timing and shot placement was all wrong.

  8. Swede Johannson

    Max made utube.

  9. Big Swede

    U want Godwin? I’ll give u both barrels.




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