This bill is aimed to amend the way people in Missouri can obtain firearms. Finally, someone is attempting to have getting a gun just as difficult as getting an abortion. Newman stated, “Since Missouri holds the rank as one of the strictest abortion regulation states in the country, it is logical we borrow similar restrictions to lower our horrific gun violence rates.” With reaching 355 mass shootings in 336 days in 2015 so far, it’s about time that we take more action towards this.
Only a few of the things Bill 1397 states as requirements to obtain firearms:
- Meet with a physician 72 hours before trying to buy the gun and obtain a written approval
- Watch a 30-minute video explaining fatal firearm injuries
- Within 72 hours of purchasing the gun, they must meet with at least two families who have been victims of gun violence and two local faith leaders who have officiated within the past year, a funeral of a victim of violence involving a firearm who was under the age of 18
- Buy a gun from a licensed gun dealer located at least 120 miles from the legal residence of the purchaser of the firearm
- Review medical risks associated with firearms
As of July 1, 2015, these are a few of the restrictions in order to get an abortion in Missouri:
- A woman must receive state-directed counseling to discourage her from receiving the abortion, and then proceed to wait 72 hours before the procedure is provided. Counseling must be provided in person and take place before the waiting period begins – making them take two separate trips to the facility
- Public funding is available for abortion only in cases of life endangerment, rape or incest
- The parents of a minor must consent before an abortion is provided
One state GOP legislator, Senator Brian Munzlinger already criticized the bill regarding its mirroring to abortion in Missouri. He stated, “It is apples and oranges…there is no correlation between them.”
If Missouri cares about “all life,” as they say they do, this shouldn’t be ignored. Steps have to be taken against excessive gun violence – it has been, and is progressively getting out of control. Newman is well aware the bill is sure to practically be thrown out the window as soon as it hits the Republican-controlled legislature of her home, but it isn’t stopping her from fighting. So I mean, HELL YEAH STACEY – you’ve got it goin’ on.