Slay and Dotson whine that felons can possess firearms under the amended text. How Stupid! Of COURSE they can, but they, being felons, probably flout the law anyway, and will get firearms anyway if they please. Even so, felons have paid their debt to society. And while society might not trust them (because most become repeat offenders), felons have a right to self defense just like anyone else does. Felons should have the right to own and possess firearms.
Furthermore, the amendment wisely removes the proscription against concealed weapons. Most people feel nervous seeing others walk around with a pistol strapped on. Most would prefer not seeing it, and concealment is a good idea for many reasons. But if EVERYONE knew people might be armed, concealed or not, then EVERYONE would treat others with more respect. Thugs would become very careful about holding others up, mugging, carjacking, becoming violent and disrespectful, etc.
Bottom line, unrestricted right to own and possess and bear weapons should remain intact until our society begins to impose laws controlling procreation of and by the stupid and mentally defective, and controlling procreation by parents who cannot support their brood without public assistance or private charity, controlling procreation by parents ignorant of the principles of family maintenance and child-rearing, and controlling the hiring and training of police so as to guarantee that they know and respect constitutional rights.
Of course, that might not happen for the next few thousand years. Therefore the right to keep and bear arms and normal accessories (including silencers, huge magazines, automatic rifles and shotguns and pistols, lasers, tasers, and protective gear) should mean exactly that.
Missouri Constitution Article I
Section 23. Right to keep and bear arms—exception.—That the right of every
citizen to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person and property, or when
lawfully summoned in aid of the civil power, shall not be questioned; but this shall not
justify the wearing of concealed weapons.
The Right to keep and bear arms changed recently...
Section 23. That the right of every citizen to keep and bear arms, ammunition, and accessories typical to the normal function of such arms, in defense of his home, person, family and property, or when lawfully summoned in aid of the civil power, shall not be questioned
March 02, 2015 5:15 pm •