Missouri State Rep: Make It a Felony to Propose Legislation on Gun Reform Sometimes in order to protect the Constitution, we need to take an unconstitutional step. Sometimes in order to ensure the Second Amendment does not weaken further, we need to shut down the First Amendment. Welcome to Missouri, where legislating against legislating is what one House member thinks will keep gun owners safe from the real criminals: people who think there ought to be any more regulation of dangerous firearms. Rep. Mike Leara, a Republican who represents part of St. Louis County, wants to make it a Class D felony for any member of the general assembly to even propose legislation that would *further* restrict an individual’s right to bear arms. If you suns’a’bitches even propose a bill aimed at saving lives, Rep. Leara wants you jailed. The logic here is infallible! Leara is so upset you want to infringe on his rights, he’s going to try to make a law that infringes on your right to infringe on his. This is the state of modern political discourse. Here’s the summary of HB 633: “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.” • SEE ALSO: I Own a Tank, and You Should Too Follow Us The bill’s text — click to embiggen: Whether or not we agree on how to make this country safer — for the record, 58 percent of Gallup respondents believe laws concerning the sale of firearms should be more strict, 34 percent said same as now, only 6 percent said less strict — can we all agree not to throw lawmakers in prison for looking around the country and seeing too much gun violence? There have been nearly 2,000 gun deaths since Newtown. How does this not at least warrant legislative consideration and discussion? Rep. Stacey Newman, a Democrat from St. Louis, recently introduced HB 187, which “Requires that all sales or transfers of firearms be processed through a licensed firearms dealer.” This criminal sees the writing on the wall, and Newman tweeted about her future residence on Monday: Sends me straight to prison re my HB187.@jshormannl: Leara bill to criminalize proposing gun control legislation. — Rep. Stacey Newman (@staceynewman) February 19, 2013 MO bill which would send me directly to prison. No joke. #moleghouse.mo.gov/BillSummaryPrn… — Rep. Stacey Newman (@staceynewman) February 19, 2013 Since there is a filibuster in the Missouri Senate, sometimes House members will file bills that might make for good talking points on the stump, though they don’t have much faith in them becoming law. If Leara has any realistic vision that a bill like this could potentially become law in his state, we have bigger problems than gun violence in this country. UPDATE: Kansas City Star reporter Jason Hancock tweeted this: Leara says he has “no illusions” bill will become law, but wanted to make a statment that the House will defend right to bear arms. #moleg — Jason Hancock (@J_Hancock) February 19, 2013 UPDATE II: In addition to Newman’s bill, Rep. Rory Ellinger recently introduced an assault weapon ban bill, HB 545. Rep. Rep. Eric Burlison decided to ask constituents what they thought about it, which is how the bill ended up full of target practice holes. Shades of Joe Manchin, only darker: SEE ALSO • Call Me a Radical, But Enough About the Constitution Already • Virginia Man Walks Into Kroger With a Semi-Automatic Rifle Follow Us Slade Sohmer Slade Sohmer is editor-in-chief of HyperVocal and co-host of SiriusXM's daily "Politics Powered By Twitter" program. Tweet him at @SladeHV.