Rep. Kelly Armstrong talks gun rights and gun control, and an update on a hydrogen project

MINOT, N.D. — “We can’t get enough school counselors.”

That’s what Congressman Kelly Armstrong had to say on this episode of Plain Talk.

We’ve all been talking about how we can make our school after in the wake of another horrific tragedy in Uvalde, Texas, and much of that has been focused on proposals that would make our schools seem like prisons, with more law enforcement on campus and more restrictions on building access.

Armstrong mentioned that he recently had the opportunity to spend some time in Israel. “I don’t want our children to have to go to school like they have to,” he said.

While saying he wouldn’t support any new restrictions on gun sales or ownership, he said there are things we can do to help. Like hiring more school counselors. Or making some reforms to the juvenile court system that continue to protect the privacy of juvenile criminal records but don’t restrict their utility in background checks for gun transactions.

Also on this episode, Mike Hopkins, the CEO of Bakken Energy, gives an update on his company’s hydrogen hub project.

They’re in the process of obtaining asserts from the Dakota Synfuels Plant, which processed coal into fuel, and once they have possession they’re going to get to work using North Dakota natural gas to make hydrogen while using the state’s advantageous geology to store the carbon that process produces.

Bakken Energy has entered into an agreement with the tribal government of the MHA Nation to get gas from oil development on their lands, which would help mitigate North Dakota’s lingering problems with flaring, an issue that’s been particularly acute on tribal lands.

In addition to the supply side of his business, Hopkins also spoke about the emerging markets for hydrogen, and how his business will serve them.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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