Jailing Lawmakers Who Support Gun Control And Other Odd State Bills

And now, the latest rundown of some of the more unusual bills that state lawmakers currently have on their dockets.

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Billy Bitting Jr., 11, handles a SIG Sauer SIG556 semi-automatic rifle during the NRA Exhibits on April 14, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri.

And now, the latest in our occasional rundowns of some of the more unusual bills that state lawmakers currently have on their dockets.

Missouri: A creative attempt at opposing gun control 

Firearm-related bills are popping up all over the country like targets at a shooting range. Some would allow school janitors to carry weapons, while others would ban private gun sales. But only in the Show-Me State has a lawmaker proposed a bill that would criminalize the proposal of gun-control bills. The plan from Republican State Rep. Mike Leara “specifies that any member of the General Assembly who proposes legislation that further restricts an individual’s right to bear arms will be guilty of a class D felony.” Leara has told reporters that he’s not optimistic about passage, but he feels the bill sums up his position on Second Amendment rights.

Georgia: Where lewd photoshopping may be a crime

After having his head photoshopped onto the body of a porn star, Democratic Rep. Earnest Smith became one of six lawmakers to sponsor a bill that would outlaw the “electronic imposing of the facial image of a person onto an obscene depiction.” Smith told the Athens Banner-Herald that he believes “no one has a right to make fun of anyone,” even if citizens do have the right to free speech. Of course, Smith’s interview quickly led someone to create an online contest for who could photoshop the lawmaker’s face onto the best stuff (sample entries: Jabba the Hutt, cat on hind legs, “The Creation of Adam”).

Montana: Because meat hit by a car is still meat

Montana may soon join the handful of states that have explicitly made it legal to eat certain animals that are killed on highways and byways. Republican Rep. Steve Lavin, a state trooper, has said that he was inspired to craft the bill after seeing “a ton” of roadkill go to waste. The proposal, which recently passed the state House of Representatives, explicitly names big game animals–antelope, deer, elk and moose–as salvageable eats. It excludes animals such as bears and big horn sheep, which might “get hit by a car” so people could swipe their valuable horns or fur.

Massachusetts: Rockin’ out in the Commonwealth
Rolling Stone once described “Roadrunner,” a hit from ’70s punk group Modern Lovers, as the front man’s “wide-eyed ode to the suburban highways of his native Massachusetts.” (The song is largely about driving around all night with the “radio on!”) Democratic Rep. Marty Walsh has introduced the bill to sanctify the ’70s punk anthem as the Commonwealth’s official rock song, a designation already made by states such as Ohio, Georgia and Oklahoma. When Rolling Stone recently asked the band’s drummer what he thought of the proposal, he said, “Now that I see there’s a state muffin, I’m not so sure it’s such an honor.”*

Connecticut: Giving animals their day in court

If a cow is vandalized or maimed and the matter goes to court, there’s little hope of getting first-hoof testimony. But Connecticut lawmakers have proposed a solution: allow “animal advocates,” from among the state’s veterinarians, to stand-in for the animals themselves. The measure’s stated purpose is for such advocates to act “in a family relations matter that involves the care, custody and well-being of animal.” The bipartisan proposal follows the shooting of two cows on a local farm.

*The corn muffin became Massachusetts’ official muffin in 1986. 

113 comments
JujuCosta
JujuCosta

because u guys create a lot of crazy laws shit

JujuCosta
JujuCosta

how free is that in america?

JujuCosta
JujuCosta

how free can soeone be to create a law? to what extend someone can express their ideas into bringing up with a new law idea;;

r there cases that someone tries to create a law and end up in jail?

JujuCosta
JujuCosta

funny


put a bill for trying to create a law

hahahhaha

thats very opressive right? hahah

funny

of course it would not happen

RileyReid
RileyReid

DON'T LET THEM INSULT YOUR INTELLIGENCE

Using the misleading statistic of "Gun Violence/Deaths" is an often used statistic used by pro-gun control folks. It's misuse is what made me raise my eyebrow and look into the debate as a whole because I had previously been in the middle about gun control, slightly leaning left on the issue, as I do on many social issues.

The goal of gun-control is to promote a safer environment by reducing violent crime and homicides. Using "Gun Crime" stats begins with the assumption that guns are the problem and excludes any other possible explanations for the problem of violent crime and homicides and therefore it's use is deceptive and misleading. If gun violence/deaths go down, but violence/deaths by other means goes up to make up for the reduction, or even EXCEED the original statistics, the goal of a safer environment is NOT met.

If this is the case, it would mean: 1. You're imposing a costly and ongoing program than does not have a positive effect and possibly has a negative effect. This is potentially dangerous and squanders resources that can go toward something that DOES work. 2. You are impeding on guaranteed constitutional rights of individuals to protect themselves, upheld by supreme court decisions. 

There is NO scientific support for gun control. All studies on the matter come up negative when it comes to gun laws preventing crime and murder. Some suggest that laws might INCREASE crime and murder. Any way you look at it, all reasoned outlooks on the matter point to gun control being bad. 

The next time you see some stooge on TV using "Gun Crime" stats, I hope you'll be able to smell the BS.

RileyReid
RileyReid

@HudsonValleyTim Irrational fear is a poor reason to enact a law when the facts indicate that the proposed rifle and magazine size bans will not affect violence and homicides. If you fear guns, you're looking for a full out gun ban. You should fear more than anything, pistols, because at least with rifles, you can see it coming a mile away and stay away. Someone can pull out a pistol from right next to you.


The emotional appeal of gun control arose most recently from the 2 mass shootings in Colorado and Sandy Hook. In Colorado, the rifle was jammed, and he had to switch to other weapons, not targeted for bans. In Sandy Hook, the Rifle was left in the trunk of the car and the police recovered 4 pistols from near the dead shooter inside the school.

So you might say, keep rifles legal, but ban handguns. But, gun control of ANY kind does not have any support in fact for reducing violence and deaths. Until that support exists, you have no reason for believing what you do.

fitty_three
fitty_three

Missouri - Proof positive that the GOP doesn't consider the constitution a living document.

Why?

Because they're always trying to kill the parts they don't like.

sacredh
sacredh

I think it's time we turn to the UN and unite under a world government. The current disfunction in Washington is proof that we can't govern on our own. We should still be able to keep some individual rights, but a single government has too many advantages to pass up.

reaper11b81
reaper11b81

@ADignorantium jail for them cause they know worse may come in confiscation. Too bad dems are always talk talk

DanielCooper
DanielCooper

Why is it that the States that have the most Government corruption are the states with the most gun control laws.

Send a shock wave to Dianne Feinstein and the extreme left. Sign the petition to repeal Senate Bill SBX211. When the entire Los Angeles Superior Court Judges face felony charges for accepting money that was NOT authorized by law. That should put them back on their heels for a while.
Google SBX211 and sign the petition. COMPLETE MAINSTREAM MEDIA BLACKOUT, Please tell others to sign.

RileyReid
RileyReid

@53_3 Whether you like the GOP or not is irrelevant to the question of whether gun control is good or bad. Attacking the opponent is a classic trick to convince the weak minded. Think for yourself.

GeraldWilhite
GeraldWilhite

@sacredh  If the UN was a democratically elected body, your idea might be worth exploring. 

ADignorantium
ADignorantium

@reaper11b81 Typical knee jerk reaction from an extremist who doesn't know how to read.

sacredh
sacredh

The photo would have been one of the best "1000 Words" ever.

sacredh
sacredh

I'm glad President Obama is making this stand. His second term is looking more like what I wanted from his first term.

roknsteve
roknsteve

@DanielCooper Since you don't even live in California why don't you mind your own business.   

reaper11b81
reaper11b81

@ADignorantium oh i can read. Question is how manyin this forum and dc know what they are talking about when it comes to firearms.

bobell
bobell

@sacredh Chasidim look so forbidding with their black coats and felt hats that non-Jews find it hard to believe that the basis of their version of Judaism is joy and celebration.  I've been to some Purim celebrations, and they can get quite festive.  Of course, the men and women can't dance together, but you can't have everything.

And that is one great 1,000 Words picture.

Ohiolib
Ohiolib

@sacredh Better late than never. Now, if we can just him to understand that drones and civil liberties don't mix well.........

reaper11b81
reaper11b81

@ADignorantium if you can buy a gun you can my a suppressor. Yet no one hardly does for fear of atf inspection and urban legends

reaper11b81
reaper11b81

@ADignorantium reclassifying to class 2 will scare in my opinion up to 30% from buying ar10, ar15, ak47, ak74, and the like

reaper11b81
reaper11b81

@ADignorantium no links just like any idea spread knowledge if you think.it is good. Banning wont work and i fear outcome.

ADignorantium
ADignorantium

@reaper11b81 If you can link me to something specific, I'd be happy to help spread the word.

reaper11b81
reaper11b81

@ADignorantium many say cops in schools are bad but it gives pros and cons. Yet none talk about security measures without guns

reaper11b81
reaper11b81

@ADignorantium my senators. Every social media i am with. I know alot about guns but little about other things.

ADignorantium
ADignorantium

@reaper11b81 Good suggestion. Have you written anyone about it? Any info to post/share? Not being a wise ass. It's a genuinely good idea.

reaper11b81
reaper11b81

@ADignorantium instead of bans why not reclassify? More people are so scared of atf class 2 that they wont buy due to myths

ADignorantium
ADignorantium

@reaper11b81 I try, unsuccessfully at times, to keep twitter light. So I don't give my email. I save serious debate for huffpost & discus.

ADignorantium
ADignorantium

@reaper11b81 Guns are only part of the convo, and 140 characters are not enough for a serious debate.

reaper11b81
reaper11b81

@ADignorantium i am for bckgrnd checks. I have ideas for security in schools un armed.

reaper11b81
reaper11b81

@ADignorantium i dont care for 100 round drums cept for Thompson cause it looks cool and nostalgia. My weapon usually hold only 5-10 rnds

ADignorantium
ADignorantium

@reaper11b81 My mistake. I was looking at something else. I've seen BBs do major damage, but that's not the point. That one's on me.

reaper11b81
reaper11b81

@ADignorantium seriously? A toy gun drum? It holds bb's.

ADignorantium
ADignorantium

@reaper11b81 search -> Thompson AEG 1000-Round ABS Drum Magazine

reaper11b81
reaper11b81

@ADignorantium i am all for background checks. We dont have 1000 rnd drums. Those are belts.

ADignorantium
ADignorantium

@reaper11b81 I don't understand why universal background checks is so difficult a concept. Why do we need a 1000 round drum clips?

reaper11b81
reaper11b81

@ADignorantium not at all. I just know guns. Apparently you don't. I am up for some ideas. Banning is stupid

reaper11b81
reaper11b81

@ADignorantium oh i am sorry. I mistook you for someone who knew what they were talking about when it came to guns. Just another fool.

reaper11b81
reaper11b81

@ADignorantium I am taking by your statement you understand little about ballistics and calibers and differences of why you need such.

ADignorantium
ADignorantium

@reaper11b81 Oh, you're one of "those." Sorry. I mistook you for a sane, level headed, rational person. My mistake. :

reaper11b81
reaper11b81

@ADignorantium does it matter what i need and dont start that drama. 1st was written before electronics. Where does it say about welfare?

ADignorantium
ADignorantium

@reaper11b81 1) 2nd was written 2 centuries ago,b4 automatics 2)No one wants to take away Ur guns 3)You need an arsenal for self protection?

reaper11b81
reaper11b81

@ADignorantium guess you didnt catch dc vs keller. A regulated militia does not apply to a citizen for self defense. Nice try though.

ADignorantium
ADignorantium

@reaper11b81 The third word in the second amendment is "Regulated"