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Tit-for-Tat Politics: Missouri GOP Rep. Introduces Bill That Makes Proposing Gun Control Laws a Felony

Steven668 Wrote: Feb 19, 2013 11:03 PM
I would like to see this law passed. Introducing a bill is not speech, it is the action that proceeds out of speech. I cannot make a statement that I dislike my neighbor by throwing firebombs at his house, even though I can credibly defend that action as "communication." Likewise, legislators should not be able to draft, introduce, or pass bills that they know are illegal without some sort of consequence. The Constitution has been toothless for much too long.

Last week, Missouri Democrats introduced an extreme gun-control bill that would force gun owners to either surrender or destroy their “assault weapons” within 90 days. If Missourians do not comply within this period of time, they would be charged with a Class C felony.

Because the proposal was such an affront to the Second Amendment, Rep. Mike Leara (R-St. Louis) retaliated by introducing a similarly extreme bill that would make “any member of the general assembly who proposes legislation that further restricts an individual’s right to bear arms…guilty of a class D felony.”

Of course, Leara doesn’t expect the...

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