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Biden DOJ upset that Missouri made itself a sanctuary from federal gun rules; says state lacks authority to shield against enforcement of federal laws

With the stroke of his pen, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R) made the Show Me State a sanctuary from federal gun laws. No longer will Missouri law enforcement officials be allowed to enforce — or help the feds enforce — federal firearms rules.

But the move is not sitting well with President Joe Biden’s Department of Justice, which made its displeasure known in a letter to Parson this week, telling the governor that a state does not have the authority to prevent the enforcement of federal law, the Associated Press reported.

What does the law do?

Much like cities and states that have declared they will not enforce federal immigration laws, Missouri has declared it will protect its citizens from what is sees as federal “overreach” when it comes to gun rights.

The Second Amendment Preservation Act prohibits police from enforcing or assisting federal authorities in enforcing federal gun rules. It also allows for anyone who believes his Second Amendment rights were violated by an officer enforcing federal laws to sue the relevant police department for $50,000, the Kansas City Star said.

When Parson, a former sheriff, signed the bill into law, he said he was sending a message to the feds in response to increased federal gun control regulations that are being pushed by the Biden administration.

“We’re going to do things to make sure you don’t overreach your authority from the federal government,” he said, according to KCUR-FM.

How did the DOJ respond?

In a letter sent Wednesday night, the AP said, Justice Department officials told Missouri’s elected leadership that the U.S. Constitution’s Supremacy Clause supersedes Missouri’s law.

Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian Boynton said in the letter that the new law “threatens to disrupt the working relationship between fedral and local authorities,” the AP reported.

“The public safety of the people of the United States and citizens of Missouri is paramount,” Boynton wrote.

According to the DOJ, Missouri lacks any authority to shield Missourians from federal law or to prevent law enforcement from carrying out federal laws.

Neither the DOJ letter nor the AP report on the letter bothered to mention that multiple state and local jurisdictions have declared themselves immigration sanctuary cities and are currently barring law enforcement from enforcing federal laws.

HotAir’s Ed Morrissey pointed out that both the AP and DOJ were apparently incapable of understanding the point Parson was clearly making:

That’s the context which the AP misses, but it as plain as the nose on one’s face. If Parson had signed a bill declaring Missouri an immigration sanctuary state, Garland and the DoJ wouldn’t have batted an eye about it. And yet, the same principle is true — states that ignore and refuse to cooperate with federal immigration law violate the Supremacy Clause, put public safety at risk, and should risk federal grants and technical assistance on that basis as well.

Amusingly, however, the AP never even mentions immigration or sanctuary status in its report. That is not just the clear context of Parson’s move, it’s also the precedent on which it’s based. The Obama-Biden administration did nothing to discourage cities and states from refusing to cooperate with federal law on immigration; neither Eric Holder nor Loretta Lynch sent scolding reminders about the Supremacy Clause to the leaders of sanctuary cities and states.

The DOJ, Morrissey noted, is “awfully arbitrary about when they choose to get their panties in a twist” over the Supremacy Clause.

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VIDEO: Middle school teacher berates ‘straight jerk’ student apparently over his LBGTQ objection. Teacher pays big price for her tirade.

A Missouri middle school teacher is no longer employed by Springfield Public Schools after a video surfaced showing her berating a male student as a “straight jerk,” “butthead,” and “weasel,” apparently over his LBGTQ objection, the Springfield News-Leader reported.

What are the details?

Cellphone video of the May 27 incident begins with the unnamed teacher angrily addressing the student, apparently after he interpreted the unicorn cupcakes she brought to the Pershing Middle School classroom for the last day of class as pro-LBGTQ, the paper said.

Indeed, the LGBTQ community has adopted the mythical animal as a symbol of sorts in recent years.

The clip begins with the teacher saying, “Just ’cause I support another thing doesn’t mean I don’t support straight people, too. Just ’cause I’m Mexican doesn’t mean I don’t also support black people or Irish people or ignorant people.”

As the teacher utters “ignorant people,” she gestures toward the male student in question, who responds that he believed he was being “ignored” by the teacher.

“Would you like a special unicorn cupcake for being straight, jerk?” the teacher yells at the student, who yells back, “Yes!”

Have a ‘straight jerk cupcake’!

With that, the teacher walks toward the back of the class and presents the student with what she called a “straight jerk cupcake” and called him a “pill.”

“I’m just trying to be annoying,” the student tells the teacher, who yells back, “You are annoying! You are very successful, congratulations!”

On her walk back to the front of the classroom, the teacher exclaims, “What a dip!”

The student is heard asking the teacher what she said, and she replies, “A dip! Like a dipstick, a butthead, a weasel, a pain in my butt!”

By the end of the clip, the teacher says she wanted to give students something before they leave for the summer and says, “Everybody is welcome to a unicorn cupcake.”


“Straight Jerk!” – Teacher Berates Straight Kids for demanding Unicorn Cupcakes.

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The paper said the video apparently was recorded by a student sitting in the middle of the classroom, and the teacher did not appear to know she was being recorded.

What did the school district have to say?

Stephen Hall, the district’s chief communications officer, told the News-Leader a Pershing parent informed the district about the incident and provided the video within 24 hours of the incident taking place — and that an investigation began “immediately.”

“The video includes comments that do not meet the professional standards for educators,” Hall told the paper. “They are inappropriate and inexcusable. As a result of the district’s internal investigation, SPS has taken appropriate disciplinary actions. While details of personnel matters must remain confidential, our response has followed the guidelines outlined by our board policy and reflects the district’s zero-tolerance for this type of conduct.”

Hall added to the News-Leader after gaining permission from the teacher that “the employee will not be returning to SPS.”

He also told the paper that the issue was dealt with prior to the video being shared on social media in recent days.

State senator speaks out

Republican state Sen. Eric Burlison told the News-Leader Friday that the teacher on the video “quit being the teacher she was hired to be and became an advocate for her own personal views. As she promoted her personal beliefs in the classroom, she lost her objectivity in a conversation with one of her students, who pushed back on these ideas. Crossing the line even further, she is said to have then called the young man many demeaning and derogatory names.”

The paper added that Springfield residents and those outside the area who have accused the school district of training employees on critical race theory as part of equity and diversity efforts have shared the video.

Burlison also told the News-Leader that the incident along with “reports of critical race theory being taught and other extreme views that don’t belong in the classroom give me pause to consider if the education bureaucracy in our state has lost its focus on its true purpose.”

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Passage of Missouri 2nd Amendment Preservation Act a Lesson in “Fortitude and Perseverance”

Last week, the Missouri House gave final approval to a bill that would end state and local enforcement of a wide range of federal gun control measures; past, present and future, sending the legislation to the governor. The passage of the “Second Amendment Preservation Act,” (SAPA) was the culmination of eight years of hard work by Missouri grassroots activists. Their hard work is a lesson in persistence and a blueprint other activists can follow.

Rep. Jered Taylor filed House Bill 85 (HB85) last December. Rep. Bishop Davidson and Sen. Eric Burlison sponsored and carried companion bills. If signed by Gov. Mike Parsons, the legislation would ban any entity or person, including any public officer or employee of the state and its political subdivisions, from enforcing any past, present or future federal “acts, laws, executive orders, administrative orders, court orders, rules, regulations, statutes, or ordinances” that infringe on the right to keep and bear arms.

No one has done more to fight for the Second Amendment in Missouri than Ron Calzone and his organization Missouri First. He is a true hero of liberty.

The Tenth Amendment Center has worked with Ron on this bill since the first attempt in 2013 by Rep. Doug Funderburk and Sen. Brian Nieves. It was a pure grassroots effort.

Then-Governor Jay Nixon vetoed that early incarnation of the Second Amendment Preservation Act. Ultimately, the House overrode the veto but it failed in the Senate by one vote. In subsequent years, similar bills ran into insurmountable hurdles including intense law enforcement opposition and Republican leadership too squeamish to take a stand against the feds. The NRA lobbied against it and Nieves was all over them, possibly even tearing up his membership card on the Senate floor in a passionate speech.

But you can’t give up after one try facing off against the largest government in history – and its vassal state governments. So SAPA was back again in 2014. And the mainstream opposition got even more aggressive – like this garbage piece from MSNBC.

That 2014 bill died in the legislature, but year after year, the grassroots kept pushing – we wrote articles, provided legislative advice. They sent emails, attended hearings, visited offices. In the early days, it was mostly Ron leading the efforts on the ground by himself, tirelessly pushing and pushing.

So, where were the big gun groups?

Outside of Gun Owners of America (GOA), the major gun lobby organizations almost always totally ignored these efforts, or like NRA, worked hard to kill them.

But, as Jefferson advised, “the ground of liberty is to be gained by inches…”

Over the years, we pushed the grassroots and legislators to switch to an anti-commandeering strategy that we use here, banning enforcement of federal gun control as the big first step forward. Attorney and Missouri liberty activist Dave Roland was absolutely essential in that effort.

The bill language improved greatly over the years, but still faced an uphill battle in the legislature with excuses and parliamentary tricks from Republicans – and the bill kept getting killed. But as John Dickinson told us “small things grow great by concord.”

And each small step brought more people to the effort, building pressure to get the job done.

Sadly, during the Trump years, most Republicans told us this kind of bill “wasn’t necessary,” despite the fact that the Trump administration ramped up enforcement of federal gun control three straight years and implemented new gun control in the form of his bump stock ban.

But Ron and a growing grassroots coalition kept pushing.

Over the years, SAPA sponsors in the legislature changed. But for the last few years, Burlison and Taylor stepped up and kept pushing. Their understanding of the history and the talking points behind the Second Amendment and the anti-commandeering doctrine have really gotten top-notch.

As more grassroots organizations got on board and helped lobby the legislature, pressure even the establishment – like Missouri Firearms Coalition and the small but persistent Truth Money and Freedom Podcast – they created a climate where even the bad guys had to pretend to support SAPA.

Even so, HB85 still faced a tough battle. There was fear it could die in a Senate committee.  The bill ended up referred to the Governmental Accountability and Fiscal Oversight Committee chaired by Sen. Lincoln Hough. He was reportedly the senator most responsible for stalling SAPA in 2020. But with an outpouring of grassroots support, Hough moved the bill through his committee to the Senate floor.

And finally – after 8 years of trying and failing, grouping, strategizing, building, expanding, pressuring, endless days and nights – aggressive opposition from Republicans, the NRA, law enforcement – and the Democrats – SAPA finally got to the governor’s desk.

But…

The work isn’t done, not even close. SAPA needs to be signed, and supporters in Missouri need to call Gov. Parson’s office at (573) 751-3222. Firmly, but politely urge him to sign HB85 into law.

And then the work still isn’t done. Not even close.

As Samuel Adams wrote:

“Instead of sitting down satisfied with the efforts we have already made, which is the wish of our enemies, the necessity of the times, more than ever, calls for our utmost circumspection, deliberation, fortitude, and perseverance.”

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Missouri Sheriffs’ Association Working to Kill 2nd Amendment Preservation Act

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (March 29, 2021) – The Missouri Sheriffs’ Association is aggressively lobbying state senators to gut the recently House-passed Second Amendment Preservation Act, rendering it worthless in practice. Read on to learn the 4 ways they’re trying to make this happen.

Last month, the Missouri House passed House Bill 85 (HB85) by a wide margin. Sponsored by Jared Taylor (R) and titled the “Second Amendment Preservation Act,” the legislation would ban any public officer or employee of the state and its political subdivisions from enforcing all past, present or future “federal acts, laws, executive orders, administrative orders, court orders, rules, regulations, statutes, or ordinances” that infringe on the right to keep and bear arms. The bill includes a detailed definition of actions qualifying as “infringement” that would no longer be enforced in Missouri.

You can read more details about the legislation HERE.

But the Missouri Sheriffs’ Association (MSA) has aggressively lobbied state senators to oppose HB85, claiming that banning them from enforcing current federal gun control – and anything new from the Biden administration – will stop them from “catching criminals.” This is a typical law enforcement scare-tactic. In reality, these law enforcement lobby groups are really only concerned with preserving their “federal partnerships” and all of the federal grant money, asset forfeiture money, and power that go along with them.

MSA AMENDMENT

The MSA has proposed changes to the bill (download their recommended amendment here) that would ensure state and local cops will continue enforcing all federal gun control, including any new measures on the way from the Biden Administration.

1. Change all federal gun control to just future
The first change would limit the bill to ending enforcement of future federal gun control, ensuring that Missouri law enforcement agencies will continue helping in the enforcement of all the federal gun laws already on the books.

2. Legal Trick to Continue enforcement of everything
The MSA changes would also limit actions that infringe on the right to keep and bear arms to just those federal gun control measures “without a statutory basis.” But the feds claim every executive order, administrative order, rule and regulation has a statutory basis.

It is almost always unconstitutional, but the statutory basis exists nevertheless. Even Trump’s “bump stock” ban was based (erroneously) on a statutory basis. In effect, this language would establish a law that would block state and local enforcement of literally nothing.

“This is a neat legal trick, and I’m sure it’s intentional,” Tenth Amendment Center executive director Michael Boldin said. “This line is an obvious attempt to make the entire thing worthless.”

3. “Law-abiding citizens”
Another change would further neuter the bill. As passed by the House, HB85 protects “law-abiding citizens” from federal actions that infringe on the right to keep and bear arms.  The legislation defines a “law-abiding citizen” as “a person who is not otherwise precluded under state law from possessing a firearm.”  The MSA wants to change that definition to “a person who is not otherwise committing a crime under state or federal law by possessing a firearm or firearm accessory.”

With this change, state and local police would enforce all federal gun control because any person violating federal law is, by definition, committing a crime under federal law. In practice, if Congress passed an assault rifle ban, any person in possession of an assault rifle would in violation of that federal law. If HB85 passes with this MSA change, state and local police would enforce that ban. Again, the change would make the entire legislation worthless.

4. Fake Legal Remedies for the People
The MSA also proposed changes to water down legal remedies included in HB85. The proposed MSA language takes the cause of action (right to sue) against a Missouri agency that enforces an infringing federal action – and replaces it with a cause of action against the president of the United States. This is totally irrelevant in a bill that dictates what Missouri officials can and cannot do, and would in no way punish state officials who violate the law.

WHAT THIS TELLS US

It is clear from these changes that the MSA has no desire to stop federal gun control. In fact, it appears they want to craft a bill that will empower state and local police to cooperate not only with the enforcement of all existing gun control but every federal gun law that comes down the pike in the future.

When the MSA lobbyists claim to care about the Second Amendment, they are lying. Period.

They are not behaving like people who actually want meaningful protections from a federal gun grab. All they seem to care about is protecting their turf and maintaining cash chow that comes from partnering up with the feds. If there is any doubt about this, read the change to the legislative findings in HB85 proposed by the MSA.

“The general assembly supports all law enforcement activities that are necessary and proper to bring criminals to justice for terrorizing our citizenry. Absent the rule of law and law enforcement there would be only chaos and anarchy. The general assembly supports and encourages law enforcement to work with the federal government to fight crime by way of task forces to seize unlawful substances and property and to bring criminals to justice.” [Emphasis added}

This is federal bootlicking couched in “law and order” language. Meanwhile, the MSA is perfectly happy to toss the “rule of law” into the trash bin when it comes to the Second Amendment and its absolute limits on federal authority.

WHAT’S NEXT

Grassroots pressure will be crucial if we are to overcome these powerful law enforcement lobbyists. Missouri residents should take the following steps.

    1. Contact Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz and firmly but politely tell him we need the strongest Second Amendment Preservation Act possible as a response to Biden’s promise to infringe on our right to bear arms. You can find his contact information HERE.
    2. Contact your own state senator with the same message. You can find your state senator HERE.
    3. Contact your county sheriff and let them know that protecting constitutionally guaranteed rights is more important than partnering with federal enforcement priorities. They should support HB85 and oppose watering it down as MSA is trying to do.

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Owners of Missouri girls’ home charged with more than 100 felonies including child abuse, statutory rape

The owners of a now-defunct girls’ home in Missouri have been charged by the state’s attorney general with more than 100 felonies collectively — including sexual abuse and statutory rape — after 16 alleged victims came forward with purportedly corroborated claims.

What are the details?

Attorney General Eric Schmitt (R) announced the charges against married couple Boyd and Stephanie Householder, who founded Circle of Hope Girls Ranch in 2006 as a Christian reform school for troubled teens.

NBC News reported:

Court records show Boyd Householder, 71, faces 79 felony counts and one misdemeanor, including charges for child molestation, sodomy, sexual contact with a student and neglect of a child. Stephanie Householder, 55, faces 22 felony charges for abuse or neglect of a child, and endangering the welfare of a child. The alleged incidents occurred from 2017 to 2020.

According to KRCG-TV, the allegations outlined in court documents accuse Boyd Householder of “repeated statutory sodomy,” “multiple incidents” where he had sexual intercourse with a victim under the age of 17, slamming victims’ heads into walls, beating girls with his hands or with a belt, and instructing several girls on the best way to kill themselves.

“There are no words I can say today to describe the mix of great sadness, horror, disgust and sympathy that I feel about these reports of cruel and almost unbelievable reports of abuse and neglect,” Schmitt said during a news conference.

He added, “We believe this to be one of the most widespread cases of sexual, physical and mental abuse we’ve had against young girls and women in Missouri’s history.”

Schmitt’s office took on the case in November, after the Cedar County Prosecutor’s Office asked for assistance.

Boyd and Stephanie Householder are being held at the Vernon County Jail.

Girls’ home had been reported at least 19 times

NBC News reported “since the boarding school opened, concerned parents, staff members and others had reported Circle of Hope at least 19 times to three sheriff’s departments, state child welfare and education officials, the highway patrol, and the state attorney general’s office.”

The outlet did not cite the dates of when the prior complaints were filed, but noted that “the wave of state action began after the Householders’ daughter, Amanda, and women who attended Circle of Hope as teenagers started to post videos on TikTok last spring alleging abuse at the ranch. The videos prompted the Cedar County Sheriff’s Office to investigate, the office confirmed.”

“This is a moment that does deserve to be celebrated,” Amanda said of her parents’ arrests in a TikTok video on Wednesday. “I am sad because they are my parents, but something my parents would always tell me is, ‘You made your bed, now you have to lie in it.’ Well, my parents made their bed and now they’re going to have to lie in it. As hard as that is for me, it’s about time.”

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Man breaks into home in middle of night. But homeowner is a Vietnam vet with a gun — and he uses it with deadly accuracy.

A Missouri homeowner fatally shot a man in a suspected burglary of his home near Willard in the middle of the night last week, Greene County investigators told KYTV-TV.

What are the details?

Deputies were called to a home in the 6000 block of West Hawthorn Court in the Meadows Subdivision for a burglary in progress around 4 a.m. Thursday, the station noted in a previous story.

Deputies found the suspect dead inside the residence, KYTV reported, adding that a front window was shattered.

“The suspect attacked the homeowner, and the homeowner was able to defend himself, and as a result the suspect is deceased,” Deputy Jason Winston with the Greene County Sheriff’s Office told the station.

“I’m a little shocked this is all going down next door,” neighbor Jay Davis noted to KYTV.

Investigators did not identify the two other people who were in the house when the break-in occurred, the station said, adding that those two people weren’t hurt. The homeowner, however, was taken to a hospital where he was being treated for injuries that were not life threatening, KYTV said.

“He probably saved them,” Davis told the station regarding his neighbor. “He’s already a hero because he’s a Vietnam veteran. Now he’s even a bigger hero because he saved his family.”

Winston added to KYTV, “We’re just glad the homeowner was able to confront this suspect and defend himself and his family against this attack.”

What do we know about the suspect?

Investigators identified the deceased burglary suspect as Ryan Altman, 37, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the station said.

The sheriff’s office is working to figure out why the suspect chose to break into the house, KYTV noted.

“We have no idea as to why this suspect chose the home or why he made unauthorized entry into the home,” Winston told the station. “Hopefully we get to the bottom of it as our investigators continue to figure out what happened here this morning.”

Winston also noted to KYTV that the residents of the home “have no idea who the suspect is; there’s no connection there.”

Investigators added to the station that they are also looking to see if a pickup truck found in a ditch behind the home in question is related to the incident.

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Motorists who injure protesters blocking traffic might not be liable if Missouri bill passes

A Missouri bill introduced by a Republican state senator says motorists won’t be liable for injuries to protesters who block traffic providing certain conditions are met and that deadly force is OK against protesters who enter private property.

What are the details?

“To think that your right to protest enables you the right to stop traffic and literally stop people’s ability to move about freely in this nation is a gross misunderstanding of our constitutional rights,” state Sen. Rick Brattin said during a Missouri Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Monday,
KMBC-TV reported.

Here’s the wording straight from
Senate Bill 66:

  • “LIABILITY FOR MOTOR VEHICLE DRIVERS DURING A PROTEST (Section 537.570) — This act provides that a person operating a motor vehicle shall not be liable for injuries to another person who blocks traffic if such person was exercising due care and was not grossly negligent.”
  • “USE OF FORCE DURING PROTESTS (Section 563.031) — This act provides that a person may use deadly force against another person if such force is used against a person who is participating in an unlawful assembly and unlawfully enters or attempts to enter private property that is owned or leased by an individual.”

The bill also contains provisions that clamp down on protesters who riot, harass, commit crimes against emergency service providers, and commit vandalism.

Pushback

Of course, not everyone likes the bill — such as Rev. Darryl Gray of the Missionary Baptist State Convention of Missouri, the station said.

“For God sake, authorizing the use of deadly force by non-law enforcement people is creating a recipe for disaster by giving permission to commit bodily harm or even taking a life,” Gray said, according to KMBC. “We believe that human life is more sacred than property.”

Sharon Jones of the Missouri State Conference of the NAACP testified against the bill, the station said: “We really are crossing that line to a point of suppressing free speech, as opposed to just controlling the time and manner of it.”

And the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri is urging a no vote against the bill,
Newsweek reported: “No driver should be able to hit a protester and get away with it. Period.”


St. Louis Protesters Shut Down Interstate During Breonna Taylor Rally

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Gun store says it won’t sell firearms, ammunition to Biden supporters: ‘Sorry for the inconvenience’

A Missouri gun store is turning more than a few heads after announcing that it’s not selling guns or ammunition to supporters of Democratic President Joe Biden.

Oh, and Trigger Firearms and Reloading in Jefferson City posted its Facebook message on Inauguration Day, no less:


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“We don’t have guns or ammo for Biden supporters,” the post read. “Sorry for the inconvenience.”

What was the reaction?

It isn’t clear how many Biden supporters in the area took issue with the stance of Trigger Firearms and Reloading. But bear in mind that Missouri voters solidly supported former President Donald Trump (56.8%) in the 2020 election compared to Biden (41.4%), and that Jefferson City — the state capital — also leans conservative.

Still, a number of commenters didn’t like the gun store’s decision:

  • “So when you go to bankruptcy court you going to tell the judge I went out of business due to being overly bitter?” one person asked.
  • “Good to know, I’ll take my money somewhere else!” another commenter exclaimed.
  • “Love it that you’ve decided to show us what the expression ‘shooting yourself in the foot’ actually looks like,” another user quipped. “Thanks!”
  • And one guy who lives about a half hour from the store had this to say: “I had a few grand to spend on a small backup to my Springfield XD and some other gear and ammo. Good to know you don’t want my money because I don’t want a fake billionaire reality TV star as my president.”

But it appeared the lion’s share of reactions came from folks who were solidly behind the store’s stance:

  • “We’re not supposed to arm the mentally ill anyway,” one commenter said.
  • “You are aware you just sold out……….of stock for the next 4 years,” another user noted. “Whomever came up with this idea is a genius; you will have back orders for a few years; congratulations; soon to be a chain of guns stores across our great nation.”
  • “Voting Democrat but exercising the 2nd Amendment is like a cow cheering for the butcher,” another commenter said.
  • “Here I was thinking this was still a free country & any business owner can run their business as they please…” another commenter said. “It’s okay for social media to block a particular person for reasons they choose, but you want to bitch & moan about this business doing the same? The sniveling just won’t end!”

Anything else?

Stef Feldman, Biden’s national policy director, said in December that the president will “make big, bold changes through executive action … on gun violence.”

But one Missouri official is preparing to defend the Second Amendment in case the Biden administration ramps up gun control laws, KMOX-AM reported.

State Sen. Bill Eigel’s bill, SB 39, would create the “Second Amendment Preservation Act,” which would nullify any new firearms restrictions from the federal government in Missouri, the station said.

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Gov. Mike Parson to Missourians: ‘Government has no business’ regulating gatherings in homes

Like other leaders across the U.S., Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R) reminded his constituents ahead of the Thanksgiving Day to be cautious about COVID-19. But instead of handing down government dictates ahead of the festivities, Parson did just the opposite: he reminded Missourians of their rights, and vowed not to step on them.

What are the details?

“The holidays are coming, and as the Governor of the State of Missouri, I am not going to mandate who goes in the front door of your home,” the former law enforcement officer tweeted. “Government has no business going through the front door of your homes to decide how many members of your family are there, how many are not.”

Parson told the citizens of the Show-Me state, “Ultimately, we each must take responsibility for our actions,” and issued the longstanding recommendation that folks practice social distancing, wear masks, and wash their hands to stave off the virus. He also suggested that people “host outdoor activities rather than indoor activities as much as possible” and pointed to further guidance from the state’s health department.

The Republican’s promise not to “mandate who goes in the front door” of citizens’ homes is in stark contrast to the messages being sent from jurisdictions across the U.S., where leaders have issued decrees on how many people may gather in private residences, and even how many separate households guests can hail from.

Parson’s view on such laws might have to do with his former career as a sheriff, which falls in line with law enforcement officers nationwide who have publicly refused to enforce measures regulating people’s party plans.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), for instance, issued an executive order earlier this month limiting New York residents to only 10 people gathering together in a home. Within days, several upstate sheriffs stated outright that they would not enforce such a mandate, calling it unconstitutional.

Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino told CNN of Cuomo, “I don’t think the Constitution allows for the infringement on the number of people in your own home. He has authority to do a lot but not to tell law enforcement to get into someone’s house and count who is there.”

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) also issued new executive orders ahead of the holidays. As columnist John Phillips described them in the Los Angeles Daily News: “The Warden’s latest Thanksgiving Day guidelines decreed that parties be held outdoors, with guests from no more than three households, seated six feet apart, taking off their masks only to eat and drink, and no one is allowed indoors except to use the bathroom.”

Newsom, of course, was busted breaking his own coronavirus restrictions by attending a lavish birthday dinner for a lobbyist with at least a dozen people inside one of the swankiest restaurants in the country.

California sheriffs pushed back against Newsom’s orders, too. The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office issued a statement this week declaring outright that they “will not be determining—including entering any home or business—compliance with, or enforcing compliance of, any health or emergency orders related to curfews, staying at home, Thanksgiving or other social gatherings inside or outside the home, maximum occupancy, or mask mandates.”

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Chiefs game becomes political football after boos during moment of silence for racial equality

Thursday night’s NFL game between the Kansas City Chiefs on their home turf against the Houston Texans became political football in the media — social and otherwise — after some fans booed during a moment of silence against racial injustices when both teams lined up and locked arms in solidarity for a pregame ceremony.

What are the details?

Ahead of the game at Arrowhead Stadium, all but one of the Chiefs stood for “The Star-Spangled Banner,” while the entire Texans team and coaching staff opted to stay in their locker room while the national anthem played.

After that, the Texans went onto the field and both teams lined up, locking arms in solidarity in what
NBC Sports reported as “a moment of silence recognizing the fight for racial equality in America prior to playing the first game of the 2020 NFL season.”

Then, the Texans returned to their locker room while Alicia Keys sang “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” also known as the black national anthem.

Texans executive vice president of football operations Jack Easterby explained to ESPN that his team’s pregame actions were devised with the intention that there would be “no misinterpretation of them celebrating one song and throwing shade on the other.”

After the actual game began, media outlet
Raw Story reported that the state of Missouri was “blasted as ‘classless trash’ after NFL Chiefs fans started booing during moment of silence for racial equality.” It’s worth noting that the person on social media who used the “classless trash” label was referring to Chiefs fans, and not the state.

Regardless, some fans did boo. Others cheered. The Daily Caller posted video with audio from the moment:

In reaction to Raw Story posting their piece on Twitter, Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley replied, “‘Classless trash’? The left showing their usual contempt for middle America. Missouri has the best fans in the country. Don’t blame them for being tired of NFL/corporate woke politics jammed down their throats.”

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has not been bashful about its initiative to promote social justice causes after players pressed the league to endorse racial equality initiatives in the wake of the death of George Floyd in late May. But the league has received backlash from some fans, pundits, and politicians over their overt embrace of Black Lives Matter, whose leaders have declared themselves trained Marxists.

One of the most prominent advocates of the NFL declaring support for BLM this year is Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who recently signed a 10-year deal with the franchise for the heftiest amount in history.

The New York Post reported that in July, Mahomes — who was the 2018 Super Bowl MVP — agreed to a contract extension worth more than a half billion dollars that runs through 2031.

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Missouri governor says he’ll likely pardon armed St. Louis couple if they are charged

The governor of Missouri does not expect the armed St. Louis couple who defended their home to go to jail, and he would be willing to pardon them if it came down to it.

Mark and Patricia McCloskey garnered internet fame, condemnation, and praise after photos and videos of them defending their home went viral. Approximately 500 protesters marched into a gated community in the wealthy Central West End neighborhood on June 28. The two St. Louis attorneys were prepared to protect their mansion and were caught on camera wielding guns.

St. Louis police served a search warrant on lawyers the McCloskeys earlier this month. Police confiscated the couple’s firearms that they were armed with during the tense encounter with demonstrators in June – an AR-15 rifle and a handgun.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, the prosecutor who is handling the case, said, “We must protect the right to peacefully protest, and any attempt to chill it through intimidation or threat of deadly force will not be tolerated.”

While there have yet to be charges filed against the couple, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R) said he would pardon the McCloskeys if they are charged for brandishing firearms at a group of protesters outside their home.

Parson made the revelation on Friday during an appearance on “The Marc Cox Morning Show” on 97.1 FM in St. Louis. Parson said the McCloskeys “did what they legally should do” in protecting their property.

“A mob does not have the right to charge your property,” Parson stated. “They had every right to protect themselves.”

When asked if he would pardon the St. Louis couple if charges were filled, Parsons replied, “I think that’s exactly what would happen,” according to The Hill.

“Right now, that’s what I feel,” he added. “You don’t know until you hear all the facts. But right now, if this is all about going after them for doing a lawful act, then yeah, if that scenario ever happened, I don’t think they’re going to spend any time in jail.”

Parson wrote on Twitter: “We will not allow law-abiding citizens to be targeted for exercising their constitutional rights.”

Parson, along with President Donald Trump and Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), have all criticized Gardner’s investigation into the couple. President Trump called the investigation of the McCloskeys a “disgrace.”

Hawley called for an investigation into the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office.

“This is an unacceptable abuse of power and threat to the Second Amendment,” read a letter from Hawley to U.S. Attorney General William Barr. “I urge you to consider a federal civil rights investigation into the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office to determine whether this investigation and impending prosecution violates this family’s constitutional right.”

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt said the McCloskeys have been politically targeted.

“Under Missouri law, under the Castle Doctrine, an individual has really expansive authority to protect their own lives, their home, and their property. I think the story here to watch here is the local prosecutor, Kim Gardner,” Schmitt said in a Fox News interview.

“Kim Gardner has an abysmal record in prosecuting violent crime, has recently released and been complicit in the release of dozens and dozens of inmates who have been charged with violent crimes, and has a record of making politically motivated decisions not based on the law,” Schmitt added. “So, this is certainly something to watch.”

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President Trump will be ‘getting involved’ in McCloskey case as criminal charges loom

Just one day after Mark McCloskey, the St. Louis attorney who went viral for defending his property from an encroaching mob, predicted that he and his wife would be “indicted shortly,” President Donald Trump is reportedly looking into the case.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R) revealed Tuesday that Trump would be “getting involved,” the Washington Post reported.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican. (Jacob Moscovitch/Getty Images)

Parson — who finally offered his own defense of the couple, saying they had “every right to protect their property” — reportedly discussed the matter with Trump during a phone call Tuesday afternoon.

“The president said that he would do everything he could within his powers to help with this situation and he would be taking action to do that,” Parson said.

In an interview with Townhall Media, Trump criticized local St. Louis authorities as a “disgrace” for seeking to punish the McCloskeys. He said:

When you look at St. Louis, where two people, they came out. They were going to be beat up badly if they were lucky. If they were lucky. They were going be beat up badly and the house was going to be totally ransacked and probably burned down like they tried to burn down churches. And these people were standing there, never used it and they were legal, the weapons, and now I understand somebody local, they want to prosecute these people. It’s a disgrace.

After the McCloskeys went viral last month, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner claimed the couple had committed a “violent assault,” and she vowed to hold them accountable. Her statement came before an investigation into the matter had been completed, let alone initiated.

On Tuesday, she blasted Trump and Parson for what she claimed was jurisdictional overstep.

“It is unbelievable the Governor of the state of Missouri would seek advice from one of the most divisive leaders in our generation to overpower the discretion of a locally elected prosecutor,” she said in a statement.

St. Louis authorities executed a warrant against the McCloskeys last Friday during which the couple’s firearms were seized. The basis of the warrant was not made clear.

What is clear, law experts say, was the McCloskeys’ right to defend their property — even if it meant using lethal force.

Anders Walker, a constitutional law professor at the St. Louis University School of Law, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Missouri’s castle doctrine protects the McCloskeys from criminal liability.

“At any point that you enter the property, they can then, in Missouri, use deadly force to get you off the lawn,” Walker explained. “There’s no right to protest on those streets. The protesters thought they had a right to protest, but as a technical matter, they were not allowed to be there. … It’s essentially a private estate. If anyone was violating the law, it was the protesters.”

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St. Louis attorney who defended property from encroaching mob says he will be ‘indicted shortly’

Mark McCloskey, the St. Louis attorney who went viral last month for defending his property from an encroaching mob, revealed Monday that he and his wife, Patricia, may be “indicted shortly.”

“My attorney advised me not to be on the show tonight because the rumor is that we are going to be indicted shortly,” McCloskey told Fox News host Tucker Carlson.

Mark McCloskey with Fox News host Tucker Carlson. (Image source: YouTube screenshot)

As TheBlaze reported, local authorities executed a warrant against the McCloskeys last Friday during which police seized the firearms the couple was seen holding in viral photos and videos.

According to McCloskey, the police who served the warrant were “almost apologetic,” but had no control over the case, which is being directed by St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, a Democrat.

“[The police], unfortunately, are stuck between a circuit attorney [Kim Gardner] that wants to prosecute us, and their own belief that we did absolutely nothing wrong,” McCloskey explained.

He added, “This is the same circuit attorney that released 35 of the protesters that torched and looted downtown St. Louis, but now she wants to indict me. I didn’t shoot anybody. I just held my ground, protected my house, and I’m sitting here on television tonight instead of dead or putting out the smoldering embers of my home.”

Later, McCloskey said the “only possible solution” to the outrage mob, in the midst of a cultural moment denouncing police, is “for individual citizens to stand up and defend themselves.”

Despite the warrant and having their firearms seized, no criminal charges have yet been filed against the McCloskeys.

After the McCloskeys went viral, Gardner vowed to hold the couple “accountable,” claiming they had committed a “violent assault.” However, Missouri’s castle doctrine makes it clear that residents are lawfully permitted to use lethal force to protect their property.


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Missouri AG calls out St. Louis prosecutor, reveals history of politically motivated decisions

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt suggested Friday that St. Louis attorneys Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the couple who went viral for defending their property from an encroaching mob, are being politically targeted.

On Friday, law enforcement executed a warrant against the McCloskeys and confiscated their firearms.

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Speaking on Fox News, Schmitt alleged that St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, the prosecutor handling the case, has a history of making politically motivated decisions.

“Under Missouri law, under the Castle Doctrine, an individual has really expansive authority to protect their own lives, their home, and their property. I think the story here to watch here is the local prosecutor, Kim Gardner,” Schmitt said.

“Kim Gardner has an abysmal record in prosecuting violent crime, has recently released and been complicit in the release of dozens and dozens of inmates who have been charged with violent crimes, and has a record of making politically motivated decisions not based on the law,” he explained. “So, this is certainly something to watch.”

After the incident with the McCloskeys generated national attention, Gardner released a statement claiming the McCloskeys had committed a “violent assault,” and she vowed to hold them accountable.

However, according to Schmitt, the McCloskeys did not act unlawfully.

One important factor here is this was a private street. This was not a public street. These individuals were on their way to the mayor’s house, actually, which has been vandalized several times. This was on a private street, and if you listen to the McCloskeys, they felt threatened, that they were going to be attacked, and that it was made known to them. They made known to the protesters and the people who came by that this was a private street, and they said they were going to murder them and come into their house, and so, as I said, the Castle Doctrine in Missouri is pretty expansive; it allows you to defend your life, obviously your family’s life, your home, but also your property, and this was on private property.

“It’s hard to get into the mind of Kim Gardner. As I said, she has a sketchy track record of making politically-based decisions,” Schmitt went on to say.

Despite the warrant, criminal charges have not been filed against the McCloskeys, nor was the basis of the warrant made clear.

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Warrant served on St. Louis couple who protected property from mob, police confiscate firearms

St. Louis police served a warrant on lawyers Mark and Patricia McCloskey late Friday, the couple who went viral last month for defending their property from an encroaching mob of protesters.

Police confiscated both firearms — an AR-15 rifle and a handgun — that the McCloskeys were seen holding in photos and videos, according to KSDK-TV.

However, no charges have been filed against the couple. Law enforcement sources told KSDK the warrant was issued to seize the firearms only.

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The basis for the warrant and firearm seizure is not clear.

Missouri’s castle doctrine permits residents to protect property with lethal force, according to Anders Walker, a constitutional law professor at St. Louis University School of Law.

“At any point that you enter the property, they can then, in Missouri, use deadly force to get you off the lawn,” Walker told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “There’s no right to protest on those streets. The protesters thought they had a right to protest, but as a technical matter, they were not allowed to be there. … It’s essentially a private estate. If anyone was violating the law, it was the protesters.”

In fact, police later confirmed an investigation into the protesters — not the McCloskeys — for fourth-degree assault by intimidation, as well as trespassing.

Still, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner, a Democrat, has claimed the McCloskeys committed a “violent assault,” and she vowed to “use the full power of Missouri law to hold [the McCloskeys] accountable.”

The attorney representing the McCloskeys, Joel Schwartz, told KSDK that he is seeking to meet with Gardner as soon as possible about the warrant.

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Missouri sues China for damages over coronavirus pandemic

The state of Missouri has become the first in the U.S. to file a lawsuit against the Chinese government, seeking damages for the loss of lives and economic destruction resulting from the coronavirus pandemic that originated in Wuhan, China.

What are the details?

Attorney General Eric Schmitt (R) sued the People’s Republic of China, the Communist Party of China, and several other Chinese authoritative bodies on Tuesday, accusing the defendants of deceptive practices and downplaying the severity of the outbreak to the rest of the world.

“An appalling campaign of deceit, concealment, misfeasance, and inaction by Chinese authorities unleashed this pandemic,” the suit reads. “During the critical weeks of the initial outbreak, Chinese authorities deceived the public, suppressed crucial information, arrested whistleblowers, denied human-to-human transmission in the face of mounting evidence, destroyed critical medical research, permitted millions of people to be exposed to the virus, and even hoarded personal protective equipment—thus causing a global pandemic that was unnecessary and preventable.”

Schmitt is seeking restitution, and asked the court to “order that the Chinese Government Defendants, the Communist Party, and the Laboratory Defendants cease engaging in the abnormally dangerous activities, reimburse the cost of [Missouri’s] abatement efforts, and pay compensatory and other damages caused” by the outbreak.

Fox News reported that “Missouri has confirmed 5,963 cases of the virus and 215 deaths as of Tuesday morning,” and noted that “the economic shutdown the state imposed to reduce the spread of the disease has cost Missouri about $44 billion, according to one estimate.”

“In Missouri, the impact of the virus is very real,” Schmitt said in a statement. “Thousands have been infected and many have died, families have been separated from dying loved ones, small businesses are shuttering their doors, and those living paycheck to paycheck are struggling to put food on their table.”

Anything else?

ABC News reported that “it’s unclear whether the lawsuit will have much, if any, impact,” pointing out that “U.S. law generally prohibits lawsuits against other countries with few exceptions.”

Chimene Keitner, an international law professor at the University of California, Hastings College of Law in San Francisco, explained to Reuters, “If the United States wants to bring claims against China, it will have to do so in an international forum. There is no civil jurisdiction over such claims in U.S. courts.”

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Homeowner grabs gun after confronting intruder who broke into his residence. Then crook charges at him — and it’s a painful mistake.

A Missouri homeowner saw a man standing inside his St. Charles County residence by the back sliding door after breaking in Thursday morning, KMOV-TV reported.

Naturally the homeowner screamed at the man, asking who he is and why he was inside his home, police told the station.

With that, the homeowner grabbed his gun from his couch — and then the intruder charged at him, police added to KMOV, citing a probable cause statement.

The pair struggled for the gun, the station said — but the homeowner apparently got the upper hand, shooting the intruder once in the leg.

What happened next?

The intruder ran from the home, KMOV said, but didn’t get very far.

Police later located him on the side of a nearby home, after which he was transported to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, the station said.

James Conley is charged with first-degree burglary and third-degree assault, KMOV reported, citing charging documents.

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Conley was still in custody of the St. Charles County Police Department, the station added.

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Missouri shuts down capitol building after lawmaker tests positive for coronavirus

Missouri has locked down its capitol building after officials learned a member of the state’s House of Representatives tested positive for COVID-19, signalling to states across the nation that more legislatures could face a shut-down.

What are the details?

Speaker of the House Elijah Haahr (R) tweeted out a bipartisan press release from leaders in the state’s lower chamber on Friday evening, announcing:

We have learned a member of the House of Representatives has tested positive for the coronavirus. We are still working to notify members and staff that might have been in contact with the member and have requested all employees stay out of the Capitol for at least the next 10 days.

While we learn more and work closely with (the Department of Health and Human Services) to take every precaution necessary, we keep this member and their family in our thoughts and prayers in their battle to return back to health.

The lawmaker who tested positive was later identified as Rep. Joe Runions (D), 79, who had fallen ill and had been hospitalized since Saturday, The Kansas City Star reported. According to Democratic leadership, Rep. Runions had not been in the capitol building since March 12.

Nonetheless, other capitol employees and constituents may have come in contact with Mr. Runions and could be infected, leading House leadership to shut down the building for a thorough scrubbing.

Speaker Haahr says they were ready for this to happen.

“I created the House Committee on Disease Prevention on Feb. 27 before the first case of COVID-19 was diagnosed in Missouri,” Haahr told TheBlaze. “After testimony from experts on infectious disease, we anticipated this situation would occur.”

He added, “The Capitol is currently undergoing a deep clean and sanitization. As the situation evolves, we are reviewing options for re-opening and measures to protect the health of our members and staff.”

Anything else?

A number of states — including Missouri — have already closed their capitol buildings to visitors, but several remain open to lawmakers conducting state business.

Yet, Missouri is not the first state to close its capitol building due to a legislator contracting COVID-19. On Thursday, Hawaii shuttered its capitol building after a state senator tested positive.

Meanwhile, New York’s state capitol remains open to lawmakers, despite three assembly members testing positive for the virus.

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GOP lawmaker trying to ban Drag Queen Story Hours in public libraries says death threats have been directed at him, family

Missouri state Rep. Ben Baker, a Republican, told the Daily Caller that he and his family have received death threats after introducing a bill that would ban Drag Queen Story Hours in public libraries.

Baker added to the outlet he’s received “thousands of emails” over his bill and that “the pushback from media and from even the American Library Association … was astounding.”

“I’ve taken on some controversial issues in my time in public office, but this one has by far been the worst when it comes to the vitriol and the hate that we have received for doing this,” he noted to the Daily Caller.

Examples?

Baker provided the outlet with several photos of hateful messages sent to him on social media — and in one of them a Facebook user commented on a Baker family photo, saying the individuals in it are a “bunch of repulsive swines.”

“F***ing diseased pig, and his disgusting inbred little piglets,” the user also wrote — with the F-word spelled out — the Daily Caller said. “Hope you all die a slow and painful death.”

He also got a card signed “all librarians in St. Louis City and County” which read, “Please just STOP it with your imbecile proclivities.”

The Daily Caller said the St. Louis County Public Library didn’t respond to its request for comment.

What does else does Baker’s bill say?

Baker’s bill proposes instituting parental review boards to oversee event approval and potentially penalizing librarians with fines and even jail time if they violate the guidelines, the Washington Examiner said. The bill would also strip government funding from libraries that allow minors to view “age-inappropriate sexual materials,” the paper added.

“They’ve had these drag queen story hours, and that’s something that I take objection to and I think a lot of parents do,” Baker said when the bill was introduced, the Examiner said. “That’s where in a public space, our kids could be exposed to something that’s age-inappropriate. That’s what I’m trying to tackle.”

More pushback

In addition to the hate mail and death threats, Baker has been getting opposition from the American Library Association, LGBTQ proponents, and even Drag Queen Story Hour itself, the Daily Caller said, adding that more than 100 people gathered Saturday at the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City for a protest rally organized by drag queens.

“We are deeply concerned by Missouri House Bill 2044, ‘Parental Oversight of Public Libraries Act,'” Every Library wrote in a statement after Baker introduced the bill, the outlet noted. “It sets up quasi-governmental tribunals that circumvent the normal way libraries review materials challenges and imposes fines or jail time on librarians who violate the act. It’s a bad bill and needs to be stopped.”

But Baker is resolute, telling the Daily Caller that he’s “a big advocate for children. I have four daughters. I’m a conservative. I’ve taught at a Bible school for eight years … I have a very conservative background and even a background in ministry.”

He added to the outlet that Drag Queen Story Hours shouldn’t be a concern limited to religious people.

“It’s an issue of protecting our kids from what I believe is a concentrated effort to push the LGBTQ agenda onto our children,” Baker told the Daily Caller. “Even worse than that, subjecting them to unwanted advances by people that I believe have nefarious intentions for children. And that’s my concern.”

The outlet said Drag Queen Story Hour and the American Library Association didn’t respond to its requests for comment.

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GOP lawmaker trying to ban Drag Queen Story Hours in public libraries says death threats have been directed at him, family

Missouri state Rep. Ben Baker, a Republican, told the Daily Caller that he and his family have received death threats after introducing a bill that would ban Drag Queen Story Hours in public libraries.

Baker added to the outlet he’s received “thousands of emails” over his bill and that “the pushback from media and from even the American Library Association … was astounding.”

“I’ve taken on some controversial issues in my time in public office, but this one has by far been the worst when it comes to the vitriol and the hate that we have received for doing this,” he noted to the Daily Caller.

Examples?

Baker provided the outlet with several photos of hateful messages sent to him on social media — and in one of them a Facebook user commented on a Baker family photo, saying the individuals in it are a “bunch of repulsive swines.”

“F***ing diseased pig, and his disgusting inbred little piglets,” the user also wrote — with the F-word spelled out — the Daily Caller said. “Hope you all die a slow and painful death.”

He also got a card signed “all librarians in St. Louis City and County” which read, “Please just STOP it with your imbecile proclivities.”

The Daily Caller said the St. Louis County Public Library didn’t respond to its request for comment.

What does else does Baker’s bill say?

Baker’s bill proposes instituting parental review boards to oversee event approval and potentially penalizing librarians with fines and even jail time if they violate the guidelines, the Washington Examiner said. The bill would also strip government funding from libraries that allow minors to view “age-inappropriate sexual materials,” the paper added.

“They’ve had these drag queen story hours, and that’s something that I take objection to and I think a lot of parents do,” Baker said when the bill was introduced, the Examiner said. “That’s where in a public space, our kids could be exposed to something that’s age-inappropriate. That’s what I’m trying to tackle.”

More pushback

In addition to the hate mail and death threats, Baker has been getting opposition from the American Library Association, LGBTQ proponents, and even Drag Queen Story Hour itself, the Daily Caller said, adding that more than 100 people gathered Saturday at the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City for a protest rally organized by drag queens.

“We are deeply concerned by Missouri House Bill 2044, ‘Parental Oversight of Public Libraries Act,'” Every Library wrote in a statement after Baker introduced the bill, the outlet noted. “It sets up quasi-governmental tribunals that circumvent the normal way libraries review materials challenges and imposes fines or jail time on librarians who violate the act. It’s a bad bill and needs to be stopped.”

But Baker is resolute, telling the Daily Caller that he’s “a big advocate for children. I have four daughters. I’m a conservative. I’ve taught at a Bible school for eight years … I have a very conservative background and even a background in ministry.”

He added to the outlet that Drag Queen Story Hours shouldn’t be a concern limited to religious people.

“It’s an issue of protecting our kids from what I believe is a concentrated effort to push the LGBTQ agenda onto our children,” Baker told the Daily Caller. “Even worse than that, subjecting them to unwanted advances by people that I believe have nefarious intentions for children. And that’s my concern.”

The outlet said Drag Queen Story Hour and the American Library Association didn’t respond to its requests for comment.

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Tables turn on the Soros-backed Democratic prosecutor who forced Missouri’s GOP governor to resign

St. Louis circuit attorney Kimberly Gardner is facing heat following a seven-count felony indictment against her chief investigator for his actions in a failed prosecution against former Missouri Republican Gov. Eric Greitens.

Gardner, who was funded heavily by liberal megadonor George Soros during her election, made waves in 2018 when her office led the arrest of then-Gov. Greitens on felony invasion of privacy charges.

Greitens was accused of tying up his mistress, blindfolding her, taking a picture without her permission, and then threatening to release the picture if she ever went public about the affair. Later in the investigation, Gardner’s office charged Greitens with computer tampering as it related to his campaign’s alleged procurement of donor lists.

The governor later resigned after mounting pressure from his colleagues.

But now, many months later, the picture has never been found and both sets of charges have been dropped — and the investigation is coming back on Gardner.

According to a Just the News report, investigators now allege that the Greitens prosecution, which led to the governor’s resignation, was built on false testimony and evidence tampering.

Most significantly, testimony transcripts and court records obtained by Just the News show the woman Gardner built her case around, beautician Katrina Sneed, testified she was asked unsolicited by Gardner’s office to come forward as a witness and that she was actually reluctant to accuse Greitens because the entire story of a photo on his mobile phone may have been a dream.

“And at any point where you were in the basement with E.G. (Eric Greitens) at his home, did you see what you believed to be a phone?” Sneed was asked during an April 6, 2018 pretrial deposition with defense lawyers.

Sneed answered: “So not that’s like a very vivid memory which is the reason why I haven’t talked about it because I don’t know if it’s because I’m remembering it through a dream or I — I’m not sure, but yes, I feel like I saw it after that happened, but I haven’t spoken about it because of that.”

Ahead of the 2018 prosecution, Gardner had hired an out-of-state investigator, William Tisaby, to build the case against Greitens. Tisaby reportedly met with Gardner in early January to gather gather background material ahead of a meeting with the governor’s paramour, Katrina Sneed. Sneed had not contacted authorities with a complaint prior to the meeting.

Gardner would eventually make the allegation that Greitens took a compromising picture of Sneed to use as blackmail, but no photo was ever found.

Last summer, Tisaby was indicted for six counts of felony perjury and one count of evidence tampering stemming from the Greitens prosecution. According to Just the News, Gardner has been ordered to appear before the grand jury in Tisaby’s criminal trial. She can be seen listed as a key witness for the upcoming trial in a copy of the indictment obtained by the news outlet.

The report goes on to indicate that the indictment against Tisaby may implicate his former boss, as well.

Facts disclosed in the Tisaby indictment suggest Gardner herself was complicit in his wrongdoing by staying silent while Tisaby allegedly lied. For instance, the special prosecutors alleged that when Tisaby falsely denied during a March 2018 pretrial deposition in the Greitens case that there was a functioning videotape of the Sneed interview, Gardner did not correct him even as she questioned him.

“There is no recording of this interview?,” Tisaby was asked by Gardner. “None whatsoever,” he answered.

Tisaby’s indictment declared that Gardner’s office had videotaped the sessions and she “failed to disclose the fact for several months.”

Prosecutors say a functioning videotape was found in Gardner’s office, and the camera had not malfunctioned as had been claimed, according to the Tisaby indictment.

Tisaby’s criminal trial is set to begin later this month.

In advance of the trial, for which she is set to appear, Gardner sued the city of St. Louis under a law passed in the 1800s to help fight the Ku Klux Klan, arguing there are “white supremacists” in the police force.

In the lawsuit, she accused city officials, police, and a special prosecutor of a “racially motivated conspiracy to deny the civil rights of racial minorities” interfering with her efforts to crack down on corruption within law enforcement.

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