Shame on unpatriotic gun bills of Missouri, Kansas lawmakers
The Kansas City Star
The Boston Marathon bombings last week brought out a cooperative spirit among federal, state and local law enforcement authorities to help solve a case of international significance.
Meanwhile, Kansas and Missouri lawmakers last week took shameful and embarrassing actions that made them look unpatriotic, virtually spitting in the face of the U.S. government.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed into law an inane bill that says the federal government can’t regulate many gun laws inside the state. The measure is the latest one passed by lawmakers designed to appeal to right-wing residents in Kansas.
People who should know better - such as Attorney General Derek Schmidt - and people who often don’t know any better (such as Secretary of State Kris Kobach) spoke in defiant tones about how the law was a great way to protect the Second Amendment.
In reality, it’s a “law” that’s extremly likely to be unconstitutional, given that federal laws trump states’ laws, as most experts not involved in the ultra-conservative wing of the GOP have pointed out.
The most absurd part of the Kansas bill threatens federal agents with being charged with a felony if they try to enforce laws that Kansas doesn’t recognize in its new bill.
Really? I would love to see a local law enforcement official try to charge an ATF agent, for example, with breaking the state’s ridiculous law.
Things aren’t any better in Missouri. In fact, they are worse, even more unpatriotic.
Last week the House passed a “nullification” bill that claims enforcing federal gun laws in Missouri would be prohibited.
How laughable. But how typical of current Missouri Republican lawmakers.
The so-called Second Amendment Preservation mimics the Kansas law in claiming that Missouri isn’t going to let the federal government tell it what to do on guns.
Again, the Missouri bill (a companion is in the Senate) is clearly unconstitutional.
But it’s an attention-getter for lawmakers who want to appeal to the gun lovers in the state, the people who - wrongly - think no one can pass laws that put reasonable controls on how guns are sold in Missouri and the United States.
The actions in both states happened against the backdrop of a moment in the nation’s history when the federal government’s agencies -working with other authorities - took bold actions in the search for the Boston bombers.
Unfortunately, Kansas and Missouri lawmakers want to make it appear that the good people of their states would refuse to cooperate with any federal authorities when it comes to constitutionally passed U.S. laws pertaining to guns.
How pathetically sad the two states look today.