From the Kansas City Star: "A Missouri lawmaker is proposing to send colleagues to prison for introducing gun control legislation — a plan even its sponsor acknowledges has no chance of passage. Mike Leara, a St. Louis County Republican, said Tuesday that his bill is a statement of principle. It would make lawmakers guilty of a felony punishable by up to four years in prison if they introduce legislation restricting gun rights."
Here's the link: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/02/19/4075002/missouri-bill-would-make-introducing.html
What an asshole.
Forget the First Amendment for a minute and the whole freedom of speech thing. Just consider the text of his precious 2nd Amendment:
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
Now what does that even mean? What a poorly written prohibition. We know this much: It's explicitly about a well regulated milita, which is necessary to the security of a free State....and how it shall not be infringed. It also has language about "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms." Now this fragment can be seen as merely amplifying or rewording "a well regulated militia." Or it could be qualifying what a well regulated Militia is. OR it can be read as an additional thing: the right of "the people" to keep and bear arms as part of being a militia. OR it could possibly mean that "the people"--i.e. individual private citizens-- have the right to keep and bear arms whether or not they are part of a militia--but that's the least natural reading. That would require reading the clause in this way:
Being necessary to the security of a free state, a well regulated Militia....ummmm......well, oh... ummm....also, the right of individual private citizens to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
But the problem is it don't say that.
So good ol' Mike Leara acts as though the meaning of this amendment is so self-evidently true (and beyond the need of interpretation) that anyone who wants to regulate what this amendment clearly allows to be "well freakin' regulated" is violating the Constitution.
The worst part is this: it has nothing to do with principle. He knows this. He knows what he's saying is utter bullshit, but he also knows he's riling up a portion of people for narrow partisan gain who probably also know it's bullshit but are willing to collectively pretend it's not bullshit in the name of supposedly loving the Founder's America.