The New York Times Editorial Board tore in Missouri Republicans for overriding Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of a law that will turn the state into a shooting gallery:
The law will let citizens carry concealed weapons in public without a state gun permit, criminal background check or firearms training. It strips local law enforcement of its current authority to deny firearms to those guilty of domestic violence and to other high-risk individuals. And it establishes a dangerous “stand your ground” standard that will allow gun owners to shoot and claim self-defense based on their own sense of feeling threatened.
Read that again so you’re clear: Anyone ANYONE will be able to carry a concealed weapon with zero training or oversight. Think of the people in your neighborhood: The local angry drunk, the guy who beats his wife, the creepy guy with the Nazi tattoos, the meth head, even the guy who talks to himself in the park. They can all buy a gun now and there’s nothing you can do about it. Too bad!
Remember when “Blue Lives Matter” was a thing? Guess Missouri didn’t get the memo because now every schmuck with a Rambo complex and a six pack of Schlitz is going to be carrying a gun because it’s just so darn MANLY! Look for an increase in police deaths that will be totally unexplainable.
As you might imagine, the police are thrilled at the idea of gun proliferation:
The measure was enacted by the Republicans, despite strong public opposition and warnings about the threat to public safety from the state Police Chiefs Association.
Also, look for an increase in women being murdered by abusive husbands and boyfriends. A key part of the GOP’s war on women is making sure violent significant others have easy access to the guns they use to kill women. If that sounds cynical on my part, you only need to look at the statistics for how many women are murdered by their lovers every year. If you still put the right of a convicted abuser to own a gun over the right of a woman not to be shot, you clearly despise women on a deep, psychological level.
And making “Stand Your Ground” even easier? It’s a license to hunt minorities. During a time where white supremacists are more emboldened than ever, this law guarantees that more brown people will die. The cowardly racist will pick a fight that he would have never picked without his trusty sidearm, blow away one of Those People and then bask in the admiration of his fellow Deplorables when he gets away with it.
And Republicans and the NRA know it. They know they’re making the streets unsafe. They’re counting on it. They want a spike in gun violence so they can use it to both sell more guns and even LESS restrictions on gun ownership. The more guns, the more violence. The more violence, the more fear. And fear is what sells guns and creates Republican voters.
Want to see more of this lunacy? Vote third party and help Donald Trump get into the White House. Then we can have it on a national level!