Boone County Prosecutor Warns Amendment 5 Will Let Felons Carry Guns, Then Admits They’re Already Carrying Guns

Dan Knight is the Boone County Prosecutor. He wrote an op-ed in The Missourian encouraging people to vote against Amendment 5.

Why?

It’ll let felons carry guns, or something:

If Amendment 5 passes, people convicted of serious felonies, including career criminals with multiple felony convictions, who cannot currently possess firearms will be able to do so under the laws of this state.

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Whoa, whoa, whoa. We can’t have that.

Felons?

Walking around with guns?

That’s crazy talk. Thank goodness it’s illegal so it’s not happening now:

Currently, here in Boone County my office is prosecuting many “felon in possession” cases and we are, accordingly, often able to take trouble making criminals off our streets by utilizing this particular law.

Wait, what?

So, some felons are carrying weapons now, despite the fact it’s prohibited by law?

How is that possible? Who are these people?

Many of these people arrested for “felon in possession” are gang members, drug dealers or habitual criminals who have committed other dangerous crimes which may remain unsolved due to lack of witness participation.

Sounds like they might be defined as “violent felons.”

Sounds like these folks would still be prosecuted by Missouri law.

So what is the problem?

August 1st, 2014|Categories: The Blog|Tags: , |0 Comments

Kansas City Mayor Says Old West Had Stricter Gun Control Than Missouri, Which Creates An Interesting Point

Kansas City just banned open carry.

Mayor James Sly is a fan of the move. According to the blog “20 Pounds of Headlines,” prior to the vote by the Kansas City City Council, Sly said the Old West had stricter gun laws than Missouri:

“You used to have to drop your guns off at the sheriff’s office when you got to town,” James said.

That’s what led to this:

While that’s an interesting point, it raises a question: if gun control laws were stricter in the Old West, why is it constantly brought up by opponents of concealed carry?

This headline was on ThinkProgress:

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And, from Missouri’s debate over concealed carry:

In the North Side neighborhood of St. Louis, which is pierced by sirens and pockmarked with boarded storefronts, Korey Davis, a 22-year-old resident, grimaced at the ballot measure. To Ms. Davis, who is black and once was held up by ”an itsy-bitsy boy with a great big gun,” putting more guns on the street would turn some urban neighborhoods ”back to the Wild, Wild West.”

So, let’s take the two assumed facts by the left and agree that they are true.

First, the Wild West had stricter gun control laws.

Second, the Wild West was a dangerous place where people were getting shot…a lot.

You know what that sounds like?

Chicago:

Not a single gun shop can be found in this city because they are outlawed. Handguns were banned in Chicago for decades, too, until 2010, when the United States Supreme Court ruled that was going too far, leading city leaders to settle for restrictions some describe as the closest they could get legally to a ban without a ban. Despite a continuing legal fight, Illinois remains the only state in the nation with no provision to let private citizens carry guns in public.

And yet Chicago, a city with no civilian gun ranges and bans on both assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, finds itself laboring to stem a flood of gun violence that contributed to more than 500 homicides last year and at least 40 killings already in 2013, including a fatal shooting of a 15-year-old girl on Tuesday.

Don’t like that comparison? Ok, then it sounds like Washington, DC:

Three decades ago, at the dawn of municipal self-government in the District, the city’s first elected mayor and council enacted one of the country’s toughest gun-control measures, a ban on handgun ownership that opponents have long said violates the Second Amendment.

Although studies through the decades have reached conflicting conclusions, this much is clear: The ban, passed with strong public support in 1976, has not accomplished everything that the mayor and council of that era wanted it to.

Over the years, gun violence has continued to plague the city, reaching staggering levels at times.

Meanwhile, across America:

In the first six months of 2013, murders fell by nearly 7 percent, compared with the same period in 2012. Aggravated assaults fell by 6.6 percent, and robberies are down 1.8 percent. “All of the offenses in the violent crime category—murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, aggravated assault, and robbery—showed decreases when data from the first six months of 2013 were compared with data from the first six months of 2012,” according to the FBI. Overall, violent crime in the U.S. fell by 5.4 percent. Burglaries, larceny and auto thefts also decreased.

It’s also worth noting that gun-ownership rates in the Midwest (39 percent) and South (50 percent) far exceed gun-ownership rates in the Northeast (22 percent), yet violent crime is down more in the Midwest and South than it is in the Northeast, according to the FBI statistics. And rural areas, where gun-ownership rates also are higher than average, saw a larger reduction in violent crime that metropolitan areas, where gun-ownership rates are lower than average.

So, can we conclude that stricter gun control is a contributor to gun violence? After all, if we accept the premises supplied by the left, that the Old West had stricter gun laws and it was a crazy shoot-fest, and compare it with the levels of violence in cities with the strictest gun laws, the results are very similar.

By taking this action, is the Kansas City City Council making the city more dangerous?

Their own arguments, along with current facts, would say they are.

The reality of this is it will do nothing to impact gun violence in Kansas City. The people currently shooting people don’t care if they can open carry.

They are shooting people.

This just infringes on the Second Amendment right to self-defense for those who would like to peaceably open carry a gun.

August 1st, 2014|Categories: The Blog|Tags: |0 Comments

The Show-Me Report: August 1, 2014

ABC 17: Firm says Missouri school soil isn’t hazardous

Post-Dispatch: EPA: Soil tests on Bridgeton ball fields show no radiation concern

PoliticMo: McCaskill puts own money where her mouth is in fight to win back state Legislative seats for Democrats

MPNS: Picture of the Day: White Candidate Mails Out “Not So Thinly Veiled Racial Attack” on Black Opponent

St. Joseph Post: Blunt Calls On President Obama To Lead, Not Campaign (VIDEO)

The Turner Report: Billy Long: We must sue the president to defend the Constitution

KMOV: Edwardsville School Board under fire over controversial appointment

Hennessey’s View: Here’s How I’m Voting August 5 (with printable grid of ballot measures)

Missouri Business Alert: Missouri metro unemployment climbs in June, still below 2013 level

The Rolla Daily News: Congressman Jason Smith Capitol Report: The Bureaucratic VA Needs Real Reform

The Rolla Daily News: Millions spent on Missouri road and farm proposals

Post-Dispatch: Immigrant children reach St. Louis, far from the border

St. Joseph Post: Kansas City moves to ban open carry of firearms

20 Pounds of Headlines: Mayor Sly Thinks Old West Had Tougher Gun Control Laws Than Missouri

Kansas City Business Journal: General Assembly may holster KC’s ‘open carry’ ban

Southeast Missourian: Sales tax is regressive

Post-Dispatch: Three Republicans compete for western St. Charles County’s state Senate seat

The Eagle: Kelly says Farm Bill has chance to beat veto without override

Ozark Area Network: “Right To Farm” Amendment, Heats Up Days Before Election

Connect Mid-Missouri: Former Mid-Missouri lawmaker came up with right-to-farm

KPLR: Tax free weekend in Missouri runs August 1st – 3rd

The Rolla Daily News: Early voting initiative may miss Missouri ballot

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Rep. Kurt Bahr’s Primary Opponent Almost Completely Funded By Union Money

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Mike Swyers’s campaign almost completely funded with union money. (Photo credit: Screen capture from YouTube)

Rep. Kurt Bahr is a conservative Republican in the 102nd District. He received a 98 percent rating from the Missouri Alliance for Freedom on their legislative scorecard. United for Missouri rated him and “A.”

Missouri ProVote, “a statewide coalition of labor unions and community groups,” rates him at 11 percent progressive.

That’s probably why the unions are bankrolling a primary candidate against him.

According to the Missouri Ethics Commission, Mike Swyers has raised $57,529 to Bahr’s $20,383.05.

Where did Swyer’s loot come from?

Nearly all of it has come from unions.

Of the $57,529, almost 18 percent, or $10,309, came directly from unions.

Another 79 percent came from Carpenters Help In The Political Process, CHIPP. They’ve donated $45,500.

CHIPP is basically a front group for the Carpenter’s District Council of St. Louis, as they share the same address.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Swyers is a “Business Agent at Carpenters District Council of Greater St.Louis”

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What’s a “business agent?”

According to Teamsters.org, it’s a “full-time representative of a local union whose job is to represent members in the local.”

You can make a pretty good living as a union rep, too:

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CHIPP has been around for a while and has made other donations. They gave $2,500 to Progress KC, $10,000 to Kander for Missouri, $20,000 to Missourians for Koster, $25,000 to the MO Democratic State Committee, $25,000 to Missouri Early Voting Fund.

Oh, and they threw $25,000 to Jay Nixon in 2011.

Clearly they are all about electing left wing, pro-union candidates.

It’s obvious what’s happening here. Unions are trying to buy themselves a seat in the 102nd.

In 2012, Bahr won 62 percent of the vote. That followed more than doubling his opponents votes in 2010.

Ryan Johnson, president of the Missouri Alliance for Freedom said, “This is not a primary. This is a general election under the guise of a primary.”

Evidence from the most recent elections supports Johnson. Whoever wins the primary will probably be the next Representative for the 102nd District.

The choice is between a pro-union candidate supported by progressives, and a free-market candidate supported by advocates of freedom.

I know where my vote would go. Where would yours?

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The Show-Me Report: July 31, 2014

Kansas City Business Journal: Air Force One orders $1,400 worth of BBQ at Oklahoma Joe’s

Ozark Area Network: Sen. Cunningham to Hold Meet and Greet Event in Thayer Monday

Ozark Area Network: Over 70 Attend “Right To Farm” Meeting in West Plains

MPNS: FLASHBACK: Nixon’s War on Women Started Early in 1st Term

PoliticMo: Chris Koster backs August ‘right to bear arms’ amendment

ABC 17: Sen. Blunt touts renewal of child advocacy law

Post-Dispatch: Sen. Chappelle-Nadal spent nearly $20,000 on opposition campaign

The Dana Show: A New Facility In St. Louis For Illegal Immigrants?

The Missourian: LETTER TO THE EDITOR: So many good reasons to reject the transportation sales tax

ABC 17: Auditor: At least $12,000 missing in Clark County

Southeast Missourian: 148th Missouri House district candidate Holly Rehder

Columbia Daily Tribune: Transportation tax hike unfair; vote ‘no’

Lee’s Summit Conservative: Who is Running for US Representative 5th District?

Daily Dunklin Democrat: Community discusses Right-to-Farm MO Amendment 1

Show-Me Daily: Video: Missouri Roads – Better Than You’ve Heard

Post-Dispatch: McCaskill’s college sexual assault bill introduced after months of work

20 Pounds of Headlines: So What Was That All About?

Post-Dispatch: Obama says GOP should stop hating; Blunt compares it to a junior high taunt

KPLR: Republican candidates running for St. Louis County Executive

Speaker Tim Jones: Speaker Tim Jones Responds to President Obama’s Visit to Kansas City

Fox 2: Dooley and Stenger to appear on the Pulse of St. Louis

Ozark Area Network: Protesters Mass Outside Obama Appearance

Missouri Business Alert: Ballot Briefing: Amendment 5 and gun rights

ABC 17: Obama makes quick stop in Kansas City suburb

The Rolla Daily News: Audit finds mismanaged claims at St. Louis VA

The Rolla Daily News: Missouri voters may fortify digital privacy rights

The Rolla Daily News: McCaskill gives $240K to Mo. Democrats

The Rolla Daily News: Nixon urges school chiefs to oppose tax breaks

Congressman Jason Smith: Congressman Jason Smith Votes to Expand Veterans’ Access to Healthcare

Southeast Missourian: ‘No’ to tax increases

SCA News: Transportation Tax Campaign Spent More than $2 Million — Just In July

Missourinet: Blunt critical of Obama in KC (AUDIO)

The Eagle: Wright fights lobbyist gifts at Columbia Meeting

The Missourian: LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Imprecise language raises questions about “Right to Farm”

The Rolla Daily News: Rep. Robert Ross Capitol Report for July 30

South County Mail: Hobby Lobby case linked to Amendment 1?

Ozark Area Network: Interim Committee on Taxes Holds First Hearing in Jefferson City

Missouri Business Alert: Missouri casinos to allow gambling on credit

July 31st, 2014|Categories: The Blog, The Show-Me Report|Tags: |2 Comments

McCaskill Talks Border Crisis, Says Majority of Illegal Immigrant Children Now With Family in US (Video)

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Sen. Claire McCaskill was on Fox 2′s new show, “Hancock & Kelley,” a Missouri focused political show featuring John Hancock, a Republican strategist and Mike Kelley, a Democratic stratigist. The show format is much like “Hannity & Colmes” used to have back in the day, only with less debate.

Hancock asked Sen. McCaskill about the crisis on the border and wondered why Congress couldn’t pass comprehensive policy on immigration.

McCaskill blamed Speaker John Boehner for the failure to pass amnesty.

The problem is, the crisis we see on the border isn’t because of a failure to pass the Senate’s amnesty bill. It’s because President Obama signed an Executive Order granting amnesty to DREAMers, a signal across Central America to send their kids.

It’s also because of a very loose (read: incorrect) reading of a child trafficking law.

These children aren’t being trafficked. They are being smuggled. There’s a big difference.

That’s but one of three reasons it’s wrong to point to the Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 as justification for the relocation of all these kids:

First, it appears that a significant majority of children coming across our borders illegally are not “unaccompanied alien children” according to the definition found in federal law. Federal law defines an “unaccompanied alien child” as an illegal alien under the age of 18 who is without “a parent or legal guardian in the United States.” Data from government agencies suggest that the overwhelming majority of minors arriving on the U.S. border have family in the United States.

McCaskill makes this point, inadvertently, when she points out that “a majority of these kids have been placed already in the homes of relatives.”

Third, even if all people coming across the border illegally were “unaccompanied alien children” and victims of trafficking, the 2008 act includes language that gives the president some leeway in its application. … In other words, the law does not necessarily require that all recently arrived illegal immigrants receive a day in court.

She also makes the assertion that border security is stronger now than under President Bush and illegal immigration is less than under Bush.

I quote Vice-President Dick Cheney when I say, “So?”

That’s like my kid telling me she’s standing there with the front door open less than her younger sister, so it’s acceptable.

The door is still open.

I don’t care if it’s better. It’s still bad.

Finally, McCaskill says the number of children is down because they’ve gotten the word out to the families in Central America that they’re being lied to and their kids won’t just become American citizens.

Awesome.

I wonder why they didn’t send that message back in January when they were hiring 65,000 escorts for the unaccompanied minors they were expecting. I mean, wouldn’t it have been cheaper just to send the message then, rather than deal with all this mess now?

I don’t think they’ve spent $3.7 billion sending that message, which is what President Obama wants to solve the problem.

It’s almost like the Democrats wanted this problem to happen. But that would mean they were willing to allow tens of thousands of children to subject themselves to a dangerous journey from their home country to America, submitting themselves to the whims of coyotes who have been known to rape the people their smuggling.

Democrats wouldn’t let that happen just to score some political points, would they?

Here’s the interview:

July 30th, 2014|Categories: The Blog|Tags: |1 Comment

An Actual Conversation with a MODOT Engineer on Amendment 7

At a recent candidate forum at a county fair, representatives were there to review all the amendments that citizens will be voting on on August 5th.

The person explaining Amendment 7 was an engineer for the Department of Transportation. He said he wasn’t there to persuade us either way, but by the way, here’s everything you’ll get if the Amendment passes (wink, wink).

He read the ballot language and then took questions. Once again, I let people ask all the questions they wanted and when there was a lull, I raised my hand.

Me: “The General Assembly could add all this money from the general revenue to MODOT’s budget, couldn’t they?”

Engineer: “They could.”

Me: “So, instead they spent all that money somewhere else and are now asking us to give more.”

Engineer: “…That’s an accurate assessment.”

You make up your own mind. It’s true MODOT needs more money.

The question is, where should it come from?

July 30th, 2014|Categories: The Blog|Tags: |2 Comments

ICYMI: United For Missouri Released a Powerful Pro-Amendment 9 Video You Must See

This came out during my scramble to prepare for my latest newborn, so I didn’t get a chance to promote it the way I should have, but now that I’m back, I want to make sure you all see this:

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The Show-Me Report: July 30, 2013

The Missouri Times: Eyes On: Chappelle-Nadal’s busy, busy summer

MPNS: Quote of the Day: “I Don’t Think I’ve Ever Done Anything to That Woman”

Show-Me Daily: Show Me Better (Part 3): Certificate Of Need And The Cost Of Care

Connect Tri-States: Missouri considers electronic privacy amendment

MPNS: Poll: Dooley Campaign in Serious Peril; “Charlie Dooley’s Political Life at Code Blue”

KBIA: ‘Right to farm’ amendment pits farmer against farmer

KPLR: Missouri farm rights under debate as voters consider Amendment One

Dexter Daily Statesman: Right to farm: Opposing views

The Missouri Times: Press Release: Kansas City Area Legislators Support Amendment 1

Post-Dispatch: Stream releases first (and only) GOP ad in St. Louis County Executive race

Nodaway News: Governor travels to Maryville

St. Joseph Post: Blunt Introduces Updated U.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership Act

The Rolla Daily News: Congressman Jason Smith Capitol Report: The Bureaucratic VA Needs Real Reform

Missouri Business Alert: FAA deals blow to use of drones for farming, other business

KMOV: Opposition to proposed sales tax hike in Mo. may be growing

KBIA: Nixon Faces Backlash Over Latest Appointment To Board of Education

The Eagle: Nixon stumps for his vetoes in Columbia

KSHB: Kansas City looks toward mandatory recycling

Fox 4: Missouri state senator files bill to block social security numbers to guard against identity theft

Dexter Daily Statesman: Gun rights, vets’ lottery on primary ballot

The Missourian: Primary candidates weigh in on Medicaid expansion, ‘Ban the Box’

News-Tribune: Lottery ticket would aid Missouri veterans

The Rolla Daily News: Sen. Dan Brown: Help Finding a Missing Person

St. Joseph Post: President Obama eats ribs with four Kansas City letter writers

The Eagle: Curtman supports right to farm amendment

Kansas City Star: John Lamping: Missouri road tax proposal is a cynical grab by special interests

Missourinet: The overlooked Amendment 9 (AUDIO)

July 30th, 2014|Categories: The Blog, The Show-Me Report|Tags: |0 Comments

Blunt: “Presidential Leadership Does Matter. It’d Be Nice to Have Some.” (Video)

Sen. Roy Blunt commented on the Campaigner in Chief’s visit to Kansas City:

“He was at the border a few weeks ago for a fundraiser and since he doesn’t believe in photo ops, he wasn’t going to go to the border. So I’m sure they’re be no photo ops in Kansas City.”

Wrong:

July 30th, 2014|Categories: The Blog|Tags: |0 Comments