Missouri Governor Forced to Veto Republican Bill Which Would Have Nullified Federal Gun Laws

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones (R-Eureka)

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones (R-Eureka)

I don’t pretend to be a Constitutional scholar, but I do know a little bit about it.  One thing I know is that there’s a “supremacy clause” which, for the most part, sets the precedent that federal laws will supersede conflicting state and local laws.

Republicans in Missouri are apparently not aware of this as they forced the Governor of Missouri, a Democrat, to veto a bill that would have made it a crime for federal agents to enforce any federal laws seen as “infringing on the American right to bear arms.”

Also contained in this bill was a provision that made it illegal for any journalist to publish pictures or names of gun owners.

So, where to begin.

I guess I could start with this feeble attempt by Missouri Republicans to prove how little they truly understand about our Constitution.  Heck, it almost borders on treason, doesn’t it?  Passing laws that would essentially allow state and local authorities to arrest federal agents for enforcing federal laws?  You know, federal laws — those laws that are “the law of the land.”

Or we can look at the First Amendment violations of freedom of the press.  It’s amazing that Republicans would attempt to pass some ridiculous law that seeks to “protect Second Amendment rights” while violating the First Amendment.

Then again, hypocrisy and contradicting themselves are staples of the Republican party.

Threatening the press for publishing the names of gun owners — seriously?  The idiocy behind trying to make that into law really doesn’t need any elaboration.

As the governor pointed out during his remarks, this could technically make it illegal for reporters to post pictures of the citizens of Missouri during the openings of various hunting seasons.

The bill would have also given teachers and other school administrators permission to carry guns in school as “school protectors.”  This is funny considering Republicans all across the country have done all they could to cut funding for education, reduce the pay given to teachers and limit their benefits — yet now they want them to be not only teachers, but makeshift security guards as well.  Furthermore, the bill would have lowered the age for carrying a concealed handgun with a permit from 21 to 19.

So, Missouri Republicans think 19 year olds are too irresponsible to buy beer, but they’re responsible enough to carry a concealed handgun?  Drinking beer apparently requires more responsibility than a loaded gun.  Gotcha.

The absurdity of Republicans seems never ending.  It really seems like the only two amendments these people care about are the Second Amendment and the Tenth Amendment.  The Second Amendment of course being the right which feeds their unhealthy obsession with guns, and the Tenth Amendment, the “states rights” amendment, which bigots and racists have often used to justify their unconstitutional state laws.

The Tenth Amendment was the argument used by the small minded to attempt to protect slavery, continue segregation, keep women from voting, support poll taxes, oppose the civil rights act and continue to deny homosexuals the right to get married.

Millions of people need jobs, millions more are homeless and people go hungry all over this country every day — yet Republicans are more worried about ridiculous gun laws and restricting abortion rights than they are anything else.

Imagine the millions of dollars Republican legislators all across this country have spent in 2013 alone trying to pass, or passing, these ridiculous laws.

Luckily, Missouri has a Democratic governor, otherwise this silly law might have been signed.  Then we would’ve had to waste even more taxpayer money sending it to court to be struck down as unconstitutional.  But we should all know by now that if there’s one thing Republicans are great at, it’s wasting taxpayer money by continuing to pursue frivolous and symbolic legislation.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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