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Tags: Barack Obama, California, Conan O'Brien, Daily Links, Drones, Guns, Joe Biden, Mark Fiore, Nate Silver, Science & Technology, The New Yorker
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:
Tags: Advertising, Guns, Joe Manchin, Missouri, Obamacare, State Legislature
Thanks to a bill introduced by state Rep. Mike Lear (R-MO), we know the legislative language that would be used to describe a scenario in which the 2nd Amendment took the 1st Amendment aside and fired round after round of hollow point bullets into its lifeless body.
It would read much like the legislative summary of Lear's proposal: "HB633 specifies [that] any member of the general assembly who proposes legislation that further restricts an individual's right to bear arms will be guilty of a class D felony."
So if you're a pro-gun control member of the Missouri General Assembly, best to watch out.
One day you're just a law-abiding state legislator, sponsoring milquetoast bills like ones that require "all sales or transfers of firearms be processed through a licensed firearms dealer" and patiently waiting for some Member of Congress to die so you can run for higher office and get the hell out of Carson City. The day after Lear's legislation goes into effect, your bill becomes contraband and you're looking at a sentence "not to exceed four years," without having even engaged in some fun/profitable corruption that could have made the prison term worthwhile.
Photo by Whitney Curtis/Getty Images News/Getty Images
Tags: Crime, Guns, Missouri, State Legislature
For the sake of everyone's sanity, let's hope the entire South Carolina state legislature is part of an elaborate historical reenactment intended to teach children about the pitfalls of states' rights. Otherwise this legislation, passed out of a South Carolina Senate committee, would be pretty ridiculous:
Tags: Guns, South Carolina, State Legislature
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