2016 VETO SESSION - GUNS & VOTER SUPPRESSION
*Since January 1, 2016 Missouri has had at least 355 deaths due to gun violence (via media sources) ---106 gun deaths were in rural communities throughout the state.
*In 2015, Missouri was #1 in the U.S. in toddlers shootings - little kids under 3 years old shot themselves or others. We are on track to be the leader again this year.
*Gun violence is rampant across the country - suicides, domestic violence incidents, mass shootings, school shootings & "accidental" kid shootings. SEE FOR YOURSELF.
MISSOURI LEGISLATURE'S RESPONSE?
Bow to the gun lobby!
Completely ignore law enforcement, mayors, prosecutors, faith leaders and the medical community as the GOP majority voted to override the governor's veto of SB656.
For the first time in my memory, the Missouri Police Chiefs Association, the Missouri Fraternal Order of Police and the Missouri Catholic Conference all publicly opposed a NRA-sponsored gun bill- citing the danger to law enforcement, let alone the rest of us.
Every single GOP in the State Senate and every GOP in the State House (except for Rep. Nick King of Liberty) voted YES on SB656. One Democrat - Rep. Ben Harris of Hillsboro also voted YES. The override passed in the Senate 24- 6 (Sen.Chappelle-Nadal was absent for the vote) and passed the House by 112-41. HOUSE ROLL CALL VOTE HERE.
Want to know what the gun lobby's advocates say in debate? Listen to Rep. Paul Curtman (R-Union) argue his gun rights with SB656 HERE.
"In an alarming victory for the gun lobby, Missouri’s Republican-controlled Legislature voted Wednesday to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto and enact a wholesale retreat from gun safety in the state. 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 ndividuals. 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. The measure has drawn no great national attention, but it certainly provides further evidence that gun safety cannot be left to state lawmakers beholden to the gun lobby."
THE NRA'S BIGGEST PRIORITY IN THE COUNTRY:
A message received by GOP legislators:
I stood for over an hour and a half - without sitting - waiting to debate against SB656 Wednesday evening.
However, just like during session in May on SB656, Speaker Todd Richardson refused to recognize me - even though I have taken the lead in my caucus for the past seven years in fighting against gun violence.
This is a regular practice by the GOP leadership to deny my district a voice in gun bill debates - particularly glaring in that Washington University in St. Louis (whom I represent) has made gun violence an ongoing initiative through theirInstitute for Public Health.
However, I did speak against SB656 during the House Democratic Press Conference late Wednesday night following adjournment of Veto Session: WATCH HERE.
JOIN ME - SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 25TH - DO SOMETHING ABOUT GUN VIOLENCE
350 concerts happening in almost every state in the country - CLICK HERE to find one near you.
Organized by my friend Donna Dees Thomases (founder of the 2000 Million Mom March) - musicians coast to coast are banding together on the same day to #EndGunViolence. Numerous faith-based musical events are also happening during services that same Sunday throughout the U.S.
I will be at Central Reform Congregation in St. Louis 6pm - 8 pm (5020 Waterman Ave) with a fabulous group of reknowned St. Louis cabaret singers, produced and directed by Katie Dunne McGrath ----RESERVE YOUR FREE TICKET HERE.
As expected, the majority overrode the voter ID bill veto in the HOUSE 115-41 and SENATE 24-7 -strictly by a partisan vote (EVERY GOP VOTED YES, EVERY DEM VOTED NO).
Missouri GOP advocates imposing a photo voter ID requirement for the sole purpose of disenfranchising large numbers of minority, elderly and disabled voters. Those groups are the most likely not to have a government-issued photo ID and, not coincidentally, overwhelmingly tend to support Democratic candidates.
There has never been a documented case of in-person voter impersonation fraud reported in Missouri. That is the only type of fraud a photo voter ID could prevent.
REMINDER: HB1641 -VOTER ID REQUIREMENTS - IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL UNTIL VOTERS APPROVE THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ON THE BALLOT NOVEMBER 8TH.