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…and people are actually listening. The tenor of the conversation has changed substantially. Now it actually exists.

A bill, introduced in the Missouri General Assembly on February 7, 2013:

HB 494 [pdf] — Possession of a High Capacity Firearm Magazine

Sponsor: LaFaver

This bill creates the crime of possession of a high capacity firearm magazine, a class D felony, and specifies that a person commits this crime if he or she knowingly possesses, owns, uses, manufacturers, purchases, or sells a firearm magazine that is capable of holding 10 or more rounds of ammunition. No person will be prosecuted for possessing a high capacity magazine if it was in his or her possession prior to August 28, 2013, but may be prosecuted under any of the other provisions of the bill. The bill does not apply to any law enforcement officer if the possession, ownership, use, manufacture, purchase, or sale of a high capacity magazine occurs in the performance of his or her official duty.

Today, via Twitter:

Yael T. Abouhalkah ‏@YaelTAbouhalkah

And my comment on Lee Judge’s ‘American Sniper’: It made exactly the right point; we need fewer guns in this country, not more. 4:54 PM – 17 Feb 13

Editor’s Note

Valid point of Lee Judge cartoon has been distorted

February 17


Kansas City Star Editorial Page editor

A week ago Saturday, Lee Judge drew a political cartoon on gun control. The idea for the cartoon came to him from the news. The honored “American sniper,” Chris Kyle, one of the nation’s best wartime shooters, was tragically gunned down by a troubled veteran whom he was attempting to help. Judge viewed the fact that Kyle became a gun victim as a direct contradiction to NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre’s much-publicized statement: “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”

Judge’s point: If a clear “good guy with a gun” can be killed by a gunman, can more good men with guns lessen violence….?

….Judge had every right to zero in on the disconnect between good men with guns and killings. I’m proud of his work, and I approved his cartoon for publication. I would do so again.

The night before the cartoon was published, I sent him a congratulatory note on an especially strong cartoon. I’m glad he heard from me before he was subjected to such hateful and uninformed vitriol.

If the NRA sends out a mailing and no one fears an F anymore, will it still make a sound?