We have a tradition here in Missouri of being a very “divided” state when it comes to politics. In fact, the second battle of the Civil War was fought in Missouri (Wilson’s Creek) and it was here that Dred Scott, the slave, was told that he was still considered property by the Supreme Court. Missouri was divided right down the middle in the Civil War, between the North and South, literally.
So, it comes as no surprise that it’s here in Missouri that the great divide is happening again.
A few weeks ago, Rep. Rory Ellinger (D) introduced a very draconian gun control bill, encouraged of course, by ‘President’ Obama:
Under the assault weapons ban introduced by state Rep. Rory Ellinger (D-University City), Missouri residents who own assault weapons and high-capacity magazines would have 90 days to remove them from Missouri after the bill takes effect. Among the provisions:
(1) Remove the assault weapon or large capacity magazine from the state of Missouri;
(2) Render the assault weapon permanently inoperable; or
(3) Surrender the assault weapon or large capacity magazine to the appropriate law enforcement agency for destruction, subject to specific agency regulations.
(4). Unlawful manufacture, import, possession, purchase, sale, or transfer of an assault weapon or a large capacity magazine is a class C felony.
So essentially the law would turn a law-abiding gun owner today, into a felon tomorrow.
And that would be more than half the population here.
BUT…Missouri, thank God, has a Republican majority in Congress, and they were not about to go down without a fight. Rep. Mike Leara (R) has introduced a counter bill—to put the lawmakers in jail if they even INTRODUCE such a bill…
Rep. Mike Leara said Tuesday that he considers his bill a statement of principle. It would make lawmakers guilty of a felony punishable by up to four years in prison if they introduce legislation restricting gun rights.
“I have no illusions about the bill making it through the legislative process, but I want it to be clear that the Missouri House will stand in defense of the people’s constitutional right to keep and bear arms. We seem to be having a lot of people willing to further restrict our constitutional rights and take our rights. It is a push-back to the people who don’t believe in our constitutional rights. There have to be consequences to removing our constitutional rights.”
You gotta LOVE this guy!
Nobody Knows if the fight will stop there, but the Democrats say they are willing to go to jail if the bill would ever pass. I think that is a GREAT idea! The Republicans should PASS this bill! NOW! LET them all go to jail, and keep them there. Maybe we could all get some sleep.
But…why stop with jail time? Make them all pay hefty fines too.
You know, it was the democrats who fought to keep slavery. I think it’s time we start making them and THIER children start paying reparations, to the whole country. What we need is MORE men like Mike in Congress. He wins the Charles Heston award…for sure.
In fact, I going to go send him a “Thank You ” note…because I live here.