The U.S. gun industry makes products that kill and maim tens of thousands of Americans every year.
The weapons are used to end the lives of grandparents and grandkids. Firearms lead to the deaths of men and women, black and white people, and good guys and, sometimes, bad guys, too.
Yet in the gun-loving legislatures of Kansas and Missouri, now comes word that lawmakers once more want to prostrate themselves in full loving view of the industry.
The two states are vying with each other to pass the loopiest, loosest gun restrictions they can. Both Missouri and Kansas in recent years have been making it easier for anyone who wants a firearm to get one, and to carry it wherever they want.
Why all this foolishness, which makes it only more likely that innocent people are going to get shot, thanks to the proliferation of guns in the hands of people who don’t know how to properly use them?
Well, Second Amendment, bro.
But this race to the bottom also supposedly has a more serious financial purpose.
It is designed to woo the weapons manufacturers, who might deign to place a plant inside one or both of the states that are friendly to firearms.
This is outrageous behavior by politicians.
They ought to be focused on attracting other businesses that invest in products that create a more positive future for the states, not create a more dangerous environment in which the people of Kansas and Missouri must live.
As The Star story makes clear, the gun industry is like so many others in America today. They often are on the lookout for handouts from taxpayers to subsidize their operations.
The politicians who say they want to create more jobs in Kansas and Missouri likely will have to come up with public dollars to wave in the faces of weapons makers.
Merely doing the bidding of the gun industry in promoting its product is not enough. The industry wants cold, hard cash from the states, too.