So how intimidating are Missouris gun lovers?
By Yael T. Abouhalkah
The Kansas City Star
Just ask the state legislatures Republicans and Democrats who say they will vote this month to override Gov. Jay Nixons veto of the inane Second Amendment Preservation Act.
The measure is intended to tell Washington that Missouri wont obey any federal gun laws, old or new.
Whats more, if a federal law enforcement officer you know, one of those pesky FBI or DEA agents tries to enforce a U.S. law in Missouri, that officer will be arrested.
Its all pettily absurd and, eventually, such a nullification bill will be found unconstitutional by the courts.
But as The Star reported Monday, the lawmakers backing the measure and trying to override the veto are trying to send a message to Washington.
It goes something like this: Were ignorant here in Missouri and dont know any better.
Or, at least thats what The New York Times implied in its editorial last week, decrying the shameful measure in Missouri.
Actually heres what Republican House Speaker Tim Jones said about the issue:
Lets not forget that the states were the original creators of the federal government. Not the other way around. The federal government needs to stop inserting itself into the gun debate.
Right, Speaker Jones, because the states are doing such a good job of helping to reduce gun deaths in America.
Oh, wait, thats not the concern of Republicans in Missouri (or, it seems, in other states). They are far more interested in making sure Missouris gun lovers are kept happy. Thats why they voted for the Second Amendment Preservation Act in the first place.
(On Tuesday morning, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster weighed in and told Jones the bill was flawed public policy, especially the part that would prevent Missouris law enforcement officers working with the feds to get illegal guns out of circulation.
(And Koster didnt mince words about his view of the bill. His headline for one part of his letter: Nullification of federal law is unlawful.)
But all the Missouri liberals who keep waiting for at least Democrats to come to their senses on the nullification law may be disappointed.
It appears Republicans will have the votes to override Nixons veto partly because of people like Democratic Rep. Ed Schieffer.
As quoted in The Associated Press, Schieffer said: I personally believe that any higher court will probably rule this particular gun law unconstitutional. But I may end up still voting for the gun bill, because I dont want to be on record for not supporting guns.
With people who think that way representing Missourians, its no wonder a common sense veto issued by Nixon may go out the window sometime this month.