Missouri GOP wants to make it a felony to propose gun control laws

Fast on the heels of the “legitimate rape” of science by yet another Republican, Missouri is fast-tracking itself to be the center of the universe of idiocy for 2013 (you’re #1!).  You see, this time Republicans in Missouri want to make it a felony for a legislator to propose gun control legislation.

Yes, because the best way to insure that Hitler doesn’t take over America is to start jailing your political opponents.

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Missouri GOP’s Mike Leara who wants to throw politicians in jail who propose gun control legislation.

Missouri state representative Mike Leara wants to make sure that Missouri is yet another gun-infested state where everyone can live in fear that the next crazy person they see at the movie theater, or the local nursery school, is about to let go with a  spray of automatic weapons fire.

You see, Rep. Leara, a Republican, has offered legislation that “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.”

Why stop there?  Why not the death penalty?

Here’s the law Leara is proposing:

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I hadn’t realized that Missouri had legalized marijuana as well.

Seriously though, is there something in the Missouri tap water these days or perhaps a gas leak in the Republican offices that is causing such idiocy? Who can forget the Missouri state senator (yes, another Republican) and “huge science buff” who helped ring in the new year by making Missouri the laughing stock of the industrialized world by proposing a bill that would scrap science for religion.  As John wrote in an earlier post on AMERICAblog:

A Republican state legislator in Missouri, which is still vying for the title of “new Alabama” along with Arizona and Tennessee, wants to force college kids in the state to learn about “the destiny” of the universe, galaxies and the human race. Rick Brattin – who calls himself “a huge science buff” — also wants to force the redefinition, in law, of the phrase “scientific theory” to include “faith-based philosophy.” So this way, priests could call themselves “scientists,” and creationism would be “science.”

Why stop there? Why not just redefine the word “lie” to mean “truth” and cut out the middle man? After all, that is what all of this is about. Creationism doesn’t pass the smell test of science so the Republican party will either destroy science, deny science, or simply redefine science by legislative fiat.

Oh but it doesn’t stop there.  Remember, Missouri is the state that gave us Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin.  Again, from an earlier AMERICAblog post:

“And in Missouri, Todd Akin … was asked by a local news source about rape and he said, ‘Look, in a legitimate rape situation’ — and what he meant by legitimate rape was just look, someone can say I was raped: a scared-to-death 15-year-old that becomes impregnated by her boyfriend and then has to tell her parents, that’s pretty tough and might on some occasion say, ‘Hey, I was raped.’ That’s what he meant when he said legitimate rape versus non-legitimate rape. I don’t find anything so horrible about that. But then he went on and said that in a situation of rape, of a legitimate rape, a woman’s body has a way of shutting down so the pregnancy would not occur. He’s partly right on that.”

Then there was Missouri’s recent passage of Amendment 2, which lets parents and children opt out of school curriculum that might offend their Inquisitorial religious sensibilities, like math (show me in the Bible where it says 2+2=4).

Missouri is also the state where Republicans voted to stop country health clinics from dispensing birth control.  So they don’t want you to have an abortion, but they think condoms are evil too.

Missouri went for Santorum in the GOP presidential primaries. And isn’t that what the Missouri Republicans seem to embrace a lot of, Santorum.

It was Missouri’s Roy Blunt who wanted to end pre-existing condition protections for people getting health insurance, even though it’s wildly popular with the public, and makes sense.

It was Missouri that sent us homophobe Jo Ann Emerson to head the NRECA.

It was Missouri that refused to give death benefits to the gay partner of a state trooper who died on the job.

And it was Missouri that told a woman she was not permitted to live with her fiancé because they weren’t married.

Olivia Shelltrack finally has her dream home. Her family moved into the five-bedroom, three-bath frame house in Black Jack last month. But now she fears she and her fiance face uprooting their children because of a city ordinance that says her household fails to meet Black Jack’s definition of a family.

Shelltrack and Fondray Loving, her boyfriend of 13 years, were denied an occupancy permit because of an ordinance forbidding three or more individuals from living together if they are not related by “blood, marriage or adoption.” The couple have three children, ages 8, 10 and 15, although Loving is not the biological father of the oldest child.

“I was basically told, you can have one child living in your house if you’re not married, but more than that, you can’t,” she said.

GOP Rep. Mike Leara isn’t the exception for Missouri, he’s the rule.

They call Missouri “the ‘show me’ state.”  Sounds a lot more like “show me hate.”

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29 Responses to “Missouri GOP wants to make it a felony to propose gun control laws”

  1. cfox says:

    Someone please , please tell me that this is like Mao Tse Tung’s “Let a thousand flowers bloom”–and then after everyone had shown their true colors he rounded them up and either killed them or sent them to “re-education facilities” Is the vast conspiracy of communists, atheists, gays, bankers, jews, and every other minority group on line to get rid of these people? If not, its not a bad idea–don’t kill them, just sterilize them. This is crazy on an evolutionary scale that the human race cannot handle.

  2. lynchie says:

    That is an even more frightening thought. Even the big head in the sky doesn’t want these door knobs.

  3. Naja pallida says:

    I’m absolutely convinced the rapture has already happened, and this is what we are left with.

  4. It is already illegal. Seems no one ever heard of the Dick Act of 1902. It makes it illegal to violate the Second Amendment. Gun bans are strictly prohibited and a violation of the Constitution.
    Too bad our representatives don’t seem to know about this law.


  5. pappyvet says:

    Allow me to explain;

    ”When I see a 9/11 victim family on television, or whatever, I’m just like, ‘Oh shut up’ I’m so sick of them because they’re always complaining.”Glenn Beck, Sept. 9, 2005

    ”I’ve always been fascinated by the fact that here was a relatively small country that from a strictly military point of view accomplished incredible things.” Ohio Tea Party favorite Rich Iott, explaining why for years he donned a German Waffen SS uniform and participated in Nazi re-enactments

    “I tell people don’t kill all the liberals. Leave enough so we can
    have two on every campus — living fossils”Rush Limbaugh

    “The day will come when unpleasant things are going to happen to a bunch of
    stupid liberals and it’s going to be very amusing to watch.”Lee Rogers

    “We need to execute people like John Walker in order to physically intimidate
    liberals, by making them realize that they can be killed too.” Ann Coulter

    “Ya know, I think it’s too bad that we can’t follow Saddam’s model of dealing
    with opposition – just open up mass graves and start torturing, maiming, and
    murdering liberals and leftists by the millions – toss them into the ground, and
    fill the holes up with dirt. I would love to volunteer for such duty!” “J.
    Baker, Phoenix”:

    These are the people who want assault weapons. And who claim that the President wants to take away ALL firearms. You will hear some say that they just believe that they should be able to own anything from a 22 to a howitzer but they aren’t the crazy ones.
    The peole in the town of Auschwitz claimed they didnt know where that horrible smell was coming from either and were no part of it. But they still gave the salute.


  6. We’re not all crazy out here! But I’m feeling kind of outnumbered…
    I like to think that the Garden of Eden notion was a response to the substantial natural beauty of the Missouri countryside (pre-Walmart), at least what I remember of it. I try to go outside St. Louis city limits as little as possible.

  7. vonlmo says:

    They call for “less govt intrusion in our lives” but given the chance Republicans run to legislation & govt rules & regs immediately. A true Repub would call for the end to all “felony legislation”.

  8. therling says:

    The Missouri State Archives on the origins of the phrase “show me “: “… the phrase was first employed as a term of ridicule and reproach.A miner’s strike had been in progress for some time in the mid-1890s,
    and a number of miners from the lead districts of southwest Missouri had been imported to take the places of the strikers. The Joplin miners were unfamiliar with Colorado mining methods and required frequent instructions. Pit bosses began saying, ‘That man is from Missouri.
    You’ll have to show him.'”


  9. Mighty says:

    wow…. why do they even bother with elections. Just frakin coup de tat and get it over with. Damn GOP.

  10. KingCranky says:

    As a Texas resident, I definitely feel your pain.

  11. cole3244 says:

    i have been calling gopers fascists for a while now but i have been wrong, they are full fledged nazis and there is no doubt about it, its time to act america and treat the gop just like the nazis they are.

  12. RepubAnon says:

    Funny how the folks that claim to be so concerned with the Constitution’s provisions are so unconcerned about gross violations of those provisions. He’s probably trying (and failing) to try and say that if legislation can restrict gun owner’s rights as set forth in the Second Amendment, he can restrict First Amendment freedom of speech.

  13. I am agape… Then again, listing all of Missouri’s most recent stupid moments was a bit of a cheap move. I mean, come on we the people can only handle so much stupid at one time and the felony thing was plenty.

    With that said, I’m thinking if we push the legislative offices of Missouri, Alabama, Tennessee and Arizona close enough together the gravitational pull of their combined Stupid might implode them and pop them the rest of the way out of our reality… Just food for thought.

  14. karmanot says:

    One assumes that since they clearly co-exist now in Oklahoma then they must have existed back then when Mr. God created the world.

  15. I stand corrected. (I should have looked it up first.) But my point still stands: I’d love to see it made explicit that bearing arms is not unconditional.

  16. Stratplayer says:

    Quite so. I just had a gun rights fanatic friend say to me that the First Amendment doesn’t protect proposed legislation because legislators are sworn to uphold the Constitution. He has no concept of what a republic is.

  17. nicho says:

    And a GOP lawmaker in Oklahoma wants to pass a law that kids in school can’t be penalized for writing on a test that dinosaurs and humans coexisted. In Alabama, A GOP lawmaker wants to declare that a fetus is an organ, in fact, the largest organ in the human body, and make it a crime to remove it.

    The GOP is pretty much just a race to the bottom of the insanity pool.

  18. Phil says:

    But they do have being the home of Harry S. Truman to their credit.

  19. It’s not “ordered”. It’s “regulated”. It specifically states we can and should regulate guns.

  20. Shorter GOP: Let’s kill the bill of rights in order to venerate the second-half of the 2nd amendment, with no regard whatsoever for the fact the first-half of it says “well regulated”.

    Can someone put up a picture of those school children in Newtown lined-up being led out of the parking lot with a caption that states, “Not a well regulated militia!”?

  21. UncleBucky says:

    BTW, look at Mike Leara’s eyes.


  22. UncleBucky says:

    And then the NAZIs can march in Skokie, IL? Wait:

    That’s ok, huh, Mike Leara? Hah.

  23. I’d almost like to see this law passed and then legally challenged, with the hope of a decision that clarifies the importance of the “well-ordered militia” clause. I’m sick of ridiculous assertions that the 2nd Amendment is a free licence to unlimited stockpiling of all possible weapons, and that any legislation to the contrary is unconstitution, tyrannical, worse than Hitler, &c.

    Not that I’d be too optimistic about the opinions that would come from the current Supreme Court.

  24. I live here, I hate the insanity.

  25. Stratplayer says:

    They’re so worried about a phantom liberal “tyranny” that they are completely oblivious to their own all too real tyrannical impulses. This is not going to end well, I fear.

  26. The concept of a “representative democracy” is lost on Rep. Leara, apparently.

  27. karmanot says:

    “Can’t the rapture happen now please.” If Only Lynchie! I’m selling shares in my salvage co. Just think of all those gold dentures and titanium hips we can gather.

  28. samiinh says:

    Independence, MO is the Garden of Eden in Romney’s Religion which was created by one of the greatest cons in American history. It must be something in the water or air out there that makes these people so crazy.

  29. lynchie says:

    Every day i wake up and think that it’s a new day, it can’t get any worse than yesterday and that slowly this country will slowly pull itself up out of the bog of stupidity, hatred and selfishness. Every day I am again surprised that we have out done ourselves again. We actually give a platform to this stupidity. I saw today Palin is making a comeback speaking at some big gathering the the criminally insane GOP. Can’t the rapture happen now please.

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