Republican Rep. Rick Brattin of Harrisonville is well-known for his empty-headed ideas as a member of the Missouri General Assembly.
Another one is scheduled for a hearing Tuesday, making it easier to own a gun in the Show-Me State.
But first, a quick look back at Brattin’s bonanza of bad bills in the recent past:
▪ He wanted to require a woman seeking an abortion to get permission from the man who impregnated her.
▪ He sought to punish University of Missouri football players for thinking for themselves after they threatened a strike last year.
▪ Brattin is also big into other silly legislation such as forcing teachers to talk about not just evolution but also creationism.
Sure, Brattin is pandering for votes from his rural constituents in his Cass County district.
Sure, his most misguided efforts haven’t been signed into law.
And, yes, his constant failures — even in a GOP-dominated legislature — haven’t drained him of his zeal to keep spouting nonsense.
Here’s the latest.
The House Ways and Means Committee is scheduled Tuesday to discuss his bill to exempt people from paying a sales tax on guns and ammunition.
It’s the kind of measure meant to show Brattin’s bona fides with the cling-to-guns crowd in Missouri.
But it also shows that Brattin isn’t really serious about making the people who buy guns pay their fair share of taxes in the state.
That’s too bad, because the death and destruction caused every day by guns in the Show-Me State cause all kinds of financial pain to people, including taxpayer-supported hospitals that care for the indigent who get wounded by guns all the time.
The access to low-cost guns also increases the need for cities such as Kansas City to use tax dollars to hire more police officers to keep the peace with a citizenry that is more and more armed.
If anything, Brattin should be supporting a bill that would increase the sales tax on guns and ammunition.
Now that would be something worth celebrating, instead of this latest airhead idea from Rick Brattin.