After reading about the TeaBirchers in Missouri and the potential override of Gov. Nixon's veto this week on this insane gun-nullification bill they're hoping to get passed, I wondered how anyone might defend these people making a mockery of our state. Well, I found out this weekend watching the local PBS show, Donnybrook, where KMOX radio host Charlie Brennan compared the legislation to laws decriminalizing marijuana in states like Colorado.
What was really pathetic about Brennan's attempt to at least make the law not sound quite as insane as it is by comparing it to marijuana laws being passed in other states, is even he had to admit that it would be just that -- insane to be arresting federal agents, FBI or DEA for enforcing federal law.
As the other guests pointed out, it's not the same because the laws he's trying to compare this to don't have states going out there and arresting federal agents, and you had the voters weigh in and support the laws in those other states.
One other really good point that was made during this segment as well is that these legislators who are voting for this stuff know full well it's not going to hold up in court, so they're only doing it for the very cynical reason of trying to drum up support with their crazy, right-wing base.
I'm pretty sure Brennan didn't come up with this on his own, because there are other op-eds out there attempting to make the exact same points, like this one. If the talking point has made its way to the op-ed pages and the local C-listers like Brennan, I'm sure you'll see it on Uncle Rupert's Faux "news" any day now, especially if the wingnuts in Missouri decide to override the veto and they want to defend them for doing so.
Here's some good news if you care that Missouri legislators failed to make a mockery of the state with their proposed gun "nullification" bill which came one vote short of being passed into law this Wednesday. Read more...
The Daily Show's Jason Jones lampooned Kentucky state Sen. Damon Thayer, and his attempt to pass an unconstitutional "nullification law" which would have nullified any federal legislation limiting gun ownership in the state. Read more...