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Kansas Democrats Have Ideas For Stopping Gun Violence Or Something

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Too bad the “reporter” at the Kansas City Star failed to ask any of the Democrats if any of their ideas would actually stop shootings. I would have that questions along those lines would have been Journalism 101

Should Kansas City have more say over guns? Democrats will push plan after mass shooting

Missouri House Democrats on Monday outlined a proposed state constitutional amendment that would allow Kansas City and other local governments to set stricter limits on guns following the mass shooting last week at the Chiefs Super Bowl victory rally.

House Minority Leader Crystal Quade, a Springfield Democrat running for governor, said Democrats plan to introduce measures on Tuesday that would restore the power of counties and cities such as Kansas City and St. Louis to set rules limiting guns.

Missouri, which has some of the loosest firearm regulations in the country, also severely restrains local municipalities from setting their own gun regulations. Lawmakers for decades have given themselves the power to set rules on firearms, leaving local officials relatively little leeway. (snip)

It would give “local control back to where it belongs: local elected officials who best know the needs of their community,” Quade told reporters during a news conference on the steps of the Missouri Capitol. The legislation will mirror a citizen-led campaign called Sensible Missouri that has stalled.

OK, so, let’s say municipalities are given more power: what would that power be and would it make a damned bit of difference when it is primarily criminals who are doing the shooting and do not follow the law to start with. Will they crack down on the demographic that is responsible for the majority of shootings in KC? What it can do is make things very difficult to understand for the law abiding, making it harder and more perilous to carry for protection from the criminal element. Anyway, there’s pretty much zero chance this will pass the GOP controlled general assembly

Debates over gun control, including potential legislation barring minors from possessing firearms, are all but certain to roil the Missouri Capitol in the coming weeks. But the efforts face an uphill battle in the Republican-controlled General Assembly, which has for years relaxed regulations surrounding guns.

While it’s not against the law to sell, loan, or otherwise give someone under 18 a firearm in Missouri with parental consent, it’s still against federal law to sell a handgun to anyone under 21 and under 18 for rifles. And people still have to pass a federal background check. Which won’t happen with a minor. And criminals under 18 do not care. The very fact that all those arrested for the parade shooting are having their identities concealed because they are minors should tell you they do not care.

Nothing the Democrats are offering will stop criminals from shooting people. If Republicans were smart, they’d introduce legislation that heavily increases penalties on those who use them illegally. How about some hard labor while in jail? Enable police to make stops based who they think illegally possesses a firearm. Watch Democrats caterwaul and vote against it.

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