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TheChat: Sen. Jerry Moran takes aim at “gun-free zones” on military bases

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▪ “This infringement on the constitutional rights of our service members has caused American military installations and DoD sites to become increasingly vulnerable to those who wish to do harm.” — Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran, a Republican, describing his legislation to eliminate “gun-free zones” at American military installations, including military recruitment centers in the wake of the Chattanooga shootings.

The Safeguarding Service Members’ Second Amendment Rights Act would repeal bans on military personnel carrying firearms on military installations. Moran said the irony is rich because service members are trained in the proper use of firearms.

▪ “I have no respect for anyone who uses a national microphone to disparage our vets.” — Missouri Congresswoman Ann Wagner, a Republican, announcing that she was sending Donald Trump’s $1,000 donation to her to a VFW post in her district. (link courtesy of

Trump is becoming toxic even to rank-and-file Republicans even as the real estate mogul jumps to the top of the GOP presidential heap in polls.

▪ “They're making an investment in leadership.” — Missouri GOP gubernatorial contender Eric Greitens explaining why he’s the only candidate getting most of his campaign money from outside the state.

Greitens, who has not formally announced his bid, said his outside-of-Missouri support reflects his work beyond politics. He’s built a nonprofit group that helps military veterans, he’s a former Navy SEAL and he’s a one-time White House fellow under President George W. Bush.

▪ “You have to assume he’ll be loud and aggressive and do everything he can to stay on offense.” — former House Speaker Newt Gingrich forecasting what he thinks Donald Trump will do in the first Republican presidential debate on Aug. 6 in Cleveland.

Trump’s aggressive, take-no-prisoners style has pushed him to the top in polls. So why wouldn’t he continue to stomp on the accelerator?