With a huge outpouring of support from citizens all across Missouri, and a rally in Jefferson City on September 11 that was attended by hundreds – Missouri’s Second Amendment Preservation Act (HB436) was our attempt to protect the 2nd amendment rights of her people. And although unfortunately failing by a razor-thin margin this past Wednesday, the high level of engagement from Missouri citizens working with bipartisan legislators in advancing liberty, was something our community will remember for a long time to come.
The story of HB436 really kicked off when it was initially approved by the House and Senate earlier this year, but was ironically vetoed by Governor Nixon on July 5 – the day after Independence Day. This from a governor who originally campaigned as being pro-2nd Amendment. However, legislators who understood the growing constitutional abuses from Washington, vowed to continue fighting for Missouri through seeking a veto-override. And while the House did indeed vote to over-ride Nixon’s veto – the bill was ultimately shut-down by one vote in the Senate. Yes, you read that right. One vote.
Through scare tactics and invoking the federal Supremacy Clause, Governor Nixon, Attorney General Chris Koster, and Republican Senators Tom Dempsey and Ron Richard – who were largely responsible for the recent failure of HB436 – naturally attempted to make their career building move sound like they were doing the right thing. But to many Missourians, these leaders merely came off as con-artists promising a miracle tonic in a bottle of cow swill. Especially when choosing to blatantly ignore their constituents, and side not only with an untrustworthy federal government – but a governor currently embroiled in Missouri’s Department of Revenue scandal (in relation to the DOR collection of data from CCW holders, the release of a CCW list to the federal government and the department’s possible violation of state law by implementing REAL ID).
But regardless, while the journey of HB436 may have come to a disappointing close through the mechanizations of a handfull of political sell-outs, the Missouri people can truly be proud of what they’ve accomplished throughout this fight. Because over the last several years, we’ve seen a growing awareness in regards to the proper role of government, constitutional sheriffs standing up for their community, and an increasing number of Missouri leaders who take seriously the tenth amendment, interposition, nullification, and the protection of our inalienable rights.
And our work isn’t done. Standing against tyranny never is. While our natural rights can’t ever truly be taken away – they can still be seriously infringed upon by those in Government who think they knows better than the people they work for. However, as the Tenth Amendment Center notes, we can “Start putting pressure on these legislators today. Primarily those you believe have a realistic shot of being defeated.” Because through writing letters to legislators, visiting with local sheriffs, talking with your mayor, voting in municipal, county and state elections, and staying educated on issues, we can continue to play an important – and necessary – role in our government. 2014, here we come!