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Our previous coverage of the Missouri General Assembly’s assault on higher education and the woeful adventures of Denny Hoskins (r – noun, verb, CPA) as he continues to stumble about blindly in Jefferson City to the detriment of his constituents:

Denny, Denny, Denny…brush up on the first rule of holes

Denny, Denny, Denny…brush up on the first rule of holes, part 2

Missouri House news

Some more information on HB668 and Campus Conceal-Carry

Yesterday’s Warrensburg Daily Star Journal did a very good job of covering Hoskins’ inability to find the voting button when conceal-carry came up for a vote on the House floor.

4/10/2009 10:01:00 AM

Guns on campus bill advances

Jack Miles


Part 1 of 2

Warrensburg – Toting hidden pistols on the University of Central Missouri campus could become law under legislation that won first-round House approval Wednesday.

Rep. Denny Hoskins missed the vote…

Go. Read the whole thing.

There was also a blistering lead editorial in the same edition of the paper.

Go. Read the whole thing.

At first Denny Hoskins claimed he wasn’t aware of the issue and that it wouldn’t come up. Then he claimed that he hadn’t decided on his position on this issue. Then he said he needed to consult with the university community (They said, “Are you @!$#%& crazy?”). Then he said he missed the vote because he was reading constituent e-mails (Why, oh why, do republicans always seem to have eighteen minute gaps? Here’s some history.). Then, in the money quote, he said he would have voted for it:

“…I’ve talked to Public Safety at UCM, I’ve talked to university officials and I’ve talked to a member of the Faculty Senate, but most importantly I’ve talked with many of my constituents and I support the amendment…”

Thickness of this magnitude thankfully only comes along rarely in each generation. Unfortunately we seem to have a statistically improbable concentration in the current Missouri General Assembly. Uh, those folks at the university are among that grouping of your constituents you putz.

Other university presidents consider this a really really bad idea:

Concealed weapons on campus bad idea, Missouri university leaders say

UM president Gary Forsee opposes weapons on campus:

…Forsee says guns put school ‘in harm’s way.’

By Terry Ganey

Friday, April 10, 2009

…University of Missouri System President Gary Forsee said having guns on campus “increases the risk that our university family could be put in harm’s way.”

“Concealed weapons also would expose our university law enforcement officers to increased risk of injury and force them to worry about the increased presence of handguns when responding to serious incidents on campus,” Forsee said. “Missouri’s college students should be allowed to learn and exchange ideas in an environment free from the threat of concealed guns. It is hard to imagine that such a proposal could gain support given the magnitude of gun-related tragedies experienced on college campuses across the country…”

So, Denny Hoskins (r – noun, verb, CPA) as a freshman legislator refuses to take a public stand, makes a show of talking to the constituents in his district, miraculously misses a vote, and then asserts that he would have voted for it. A political incompetent of this scope and breadth can only be propped up by one thing. I wonder who provides it?