Missouri Is Brilliant: Make Gun Control A Felony, Shoot Gun Control Bills, Teach First-Graders the Same

Abby Zimet

Amidst the ongoing, awful litany of senseless gun deaths - the latest in Maryland, California, Nevada - Missouri Republicans have come up with their own innovative responses. As "a matter of principle," one wants to make it a class D felony for any lawmaker to propose legislation "that further restricts the right of an individual to bear arms." Another took a Democratic bill that proposes banning assault weapons to a shooting range, where he blasted it full of holes. And another would mandate putting the NRA-sponsored Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program in every first-grade classroom, so every 5 and 6-year-old would know "how to be around guns." It would also require teachers to take a training course for how to respond to a theoretical school shooting. All this in a state that in 2007 repealed a background check requirement that resulted in a 25% spike in homicides - and which has no sex education requirements, because it's obviously so much more important for kids to know about guns than their own bodies.

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