Friday, February 22, 2013

Left Side of the Aisle #96 - Part 5

Clown Award: MO state Rep. Mike Leara wants to make it a felony to propose gun control

The Clown Award, given weekly for acts of meritorious stupidity.

The winner of the big red nose this week is Mike Leara, a member of the Missouri House of Representatives. Missouri is the state that threatens to move ahead of Kansas on the list of states that embarrass the rest of the country the most. Last April, the House actually passed a bill that made it a crime for any federal official to try to enforce the Affordable Care Act in the state. And for the third year in a row, the legislature is debating a bill that would claim the right to nullify - that is, to just ignore - federal laws the state doesn't like. In at least one of those three years, the bill passed the House.

Mike Leara is doing his part to maintain that level of stupidity. He has introduced a bill that would make it a felony punishable with up to four years in prison for any legislator to "propose a piece of legislation that further restricts the right of an individual to bear arms, as set forth under the second amendment of the Constitution of the United States."

In other words, it would be a felony to propose any gun control laws. Truly, truly, a complete and utter clown.

By the way, as a footnote to this: In the summer of 2007, Missouri repealed a law requiring gun buyers to get a license before purchase. In 2008, the gun homicide rate went up 34% over the pre-repeal average.


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