Thousands Sign Petition to Stop Pro-Gun Publicity Stunt Bills: "Get Serious Or Go Home"

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A Missouri bill to stop bills that force others not to introduce certain kind of bills? Almost.

Representative Stacey Newman, a Democrat who has been very vocal on gun control, has collected thousands of signatures on a petition to urge lawmakers and legislative leaders to quit introducing pro-gun publicity stunt bills that she says are a distraction to the serious efforts to reduce gun violence. Her main target? Republican Representative Mike Leara and his bill to criminalize lawmakers like Newman who even propose gun control.

"We're asking the legislature to stop it with the insane bills," Newman tells Daily RFT. "Let's stop the nonsense and let's get the attention back on things that can actual save lives."

And why not promote this cause through legislation?

Newman, as you might recall, was the representative last year who proposed a bill to restrict vasectomies, her clever contribution to the birth control debate and response to Republican lawmakers trying to restrict abortions. Wasn't that bill a symbolic one to get her pro-choice message across?

"There's still some crazy abortion stuff," Newman says, noting that there are lawmakers this session trying to control women's health care choices with more anti-abortion bills. "Nobody laughs at that."

Still, she decided that she didn't want to add another publicity stunt bill to the mix this session with legislation that would stop representatives like Leara from proposing bills that would stop her from proposing gun control bills (though, we admit, that would be pretty funny).

"That probably would've ended all my credibility," she jokes. "I have a line... And I want to keep this serious."

And efforts to reduce gun violence are no laughing matter, she says.

That's why she gathered more than 2,100 signatures on a petition she delivered to Missouri House Speaker Timothy Jones as part of a Missouri Moms Demand Action effort.

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MO Moms Demand Action delivering firearm petition: Resa Dudley, Wanda Thompson, Taunia Adams, Rylee Hirschvogel, Rep. Stacey Newman and Charmaine Owens.

"This is about making a statement," says Newman, who has introduced and is continuing to promote her bill for universal background checks. "We all know the validity of this kind of legislation [to criminalize gun control proposals]. Obviously, this bill will not be signed by the governor."

Continue for more of our interview with Stacey Newman and the petition.


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emelie.castillo.60
emelie.castillo.60

"It is more difficult to go to CVS and buy Sudafed than it is to buy 600 rounds of ammunition online from your computer at home. There is something wrong with that... Every day 8 children in this country are shot and killed, and we have to stop and ask ourselves why are we allowing this to happen."

Listen to this week's interview with Shannon Watts, Founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense In America, on The Costa Report. http://tinyurl.com/bx5wfzm

Aubrey L. Cox
Aubrey L. Cox

Sick of people who don't own guns and know nothing about guns trying to tell those of us who do know the subject what we should be allowed!!!

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

Stop telling representatives of their district what they can or cannot do. Let the legislative process what gets int a bill passed for the governor to sign or not. About the only thing prohibited is the securing of a republic form of government. State's ought not attempt to introduce and pass bills they know are unconstitutional. Let them propose such, then try them for subverting the very Constitution they swore to defend.

James Madison
James Madison

The lawmakers represent their constituents. If those they represent do not like what they do, they are free to elect someone else. One district ought not tell another district who they can or cannot vote to represent them. Stop wasting time complaining about something that is an election campaign issue when there is no election to be campaigning.

Peggy Keller
Peggy Keller

She's right, trying to pass a bill that criminally penalizes anyone for introducing any THING - anti gun or not- infringes on a person's first amendment rights. It should not be taken seriously because it would never hold water if challanged and is a waste of time of money. The person who is introducing it is either too stupid to serve or doing it for attention- neither of which are appropriate for an elected rep. If you are worried about getting jobs in the state, quit electing these fringe candidates that get national attention for being complete idiots and saying stupid shit. The majority of companies that are making profits and hiring- google, deere- apple-amazon etc do not want to build factories in states where this behavior is the norm.

Jeff Powell
Jeff Powell

Lets worry about the debt and getting jobs into MO.

Seymour Justice
Seymour Justice

we already have background checks in stores, just not for person to person sales. i'm neutral on the issue. i can see how we need to keep illegal arms off the streets, but a man wanting to sell his relative/friend a gun shouldn't have to jump through a million hoops either the problem with issues like these is everyone wants one extreme or another, without middle ground. it's a tough call sometimes. still, i believe we need to restrict federal/state power over the power of the individual. we have left it unchecked for far too long. all the laws in the world will not stop evil, only good people can do that if we want to combat violence, we need to spread more love, not more restrictions, not more division. if we want our mental health as a society to get better as a whole, it's time to go after the pharmaceutical companies which advertise drugs that CAUSE psychiatric problems in the first place! childhood is NOT a mental disorder. let's bring some common sense to the debate before turning 100 million gun owners into criminals

Angela Poeling
Angela Poeling

It would be much easier to just not re-elect representatives that file ridiculous bills or bills that fail to enter a committee.

Seymour Justice
Seymour Justice

anyone who introduces legislation that infringes on any of the bill of rights (whether it's freedom of speech, or gun ownership) should be tried for treason. put the authorities and politicians in check first before punishing good citizens with more unenforced laws

Darin Gries
Darin Gries

I don't know anyone for gun control- that's why its bullshit

Barry Bean
Barry Bean

Do anti gun publicity stunts similarly bother you?

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