In this entertaining new video, Missouri state Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Great Ideas) complains that Democrats in the Missouri House have proposed legislation making the possession of certain assault weapons a felony. And as the saying goes, the only thing that stops a bad guy with a bill is a good guy with a gun, so the video ends with Burlison and a pal unloading twenty rounds into the proposed law.
But does this rootin'-tootin' approach to blocking legislation work? Other politicians have tested the theory:
The Video: Then-candidate Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) shoots a copy of the "cap and trade" bill with a hunting rifle.
Law's Status: Deader than a coalfield ecosystem.
The Video: Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D-MT) shoots the REAL ID Act of 2005, a law requiring states to comply with federal standards for state driver's licenses and ID cards.
Law's Status: Alive but crippled, with nearly every state receiving extensions or exemptions from the law.
The Video: Congressional candidate Ron Gould (R-AZ) shoots Obamacare.
Law's Status: 90% intact.
Conclusion: Literally shooting holes in legislation is effective between one-third and two-thirds of the time. Fire away?
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