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Gadfly 190
Submitted to the Warrensburg Gazette for May 15, 2003

The Gadfly is a series of letters offering commentary on local issues and published in the Warrensburg Gazette.

Dear Editor

Liberal editorialists across the state are having a conniption! Both houses of our state legislature have overwhelmingly passed a bill which would finally allow law-abiding Missourians the means to defend themselves if needed. Currently, Missouri’s restrictions on concealed carry are more restrictive than even New York’s!

This bill will not go to a public vote, as it is expensive to fight the hysteria and slanted news of urban newspapers. Instead, it faces a possible veto by a governor who was elected on the coattails of a dead man and by a margin provided by presumably-orchestrated vote fraud in St. Louis. The fight to override a veto will be led in the Senate by our own Harold Caskey (D-31, Butler), a Democrat who has managed another override of a veto by a governor of his own party.

The three State Representatives who serve Johnson County all supported the bill. I expect that David Pearce (R-121, Warrensburg) and Shannon Cooper (R-120, Clinton) will have no difficulty supporting a veto override, but party pressure on Democrat D.J. Davis (D-122, Odessa) will be intense. Those of us who value individual rights would do well by letting him know his support is well-appreciated.

If enough of our local good Democrats write the governor in support of concealed carry, perhaps he’ll avoid the veto and let the bill become law. Either that, or look for another candidate to replace One Term Bob next year.

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