I have been inundated with questions about gun control also. I can't imagine any changes that will be seriously considered in the Missouri legislature. Instead of focusing on more laws for gun owners, we really need to spend our time working on providing better procedures for identifying and treating mental health problems. I heard the analogy that taking guns away from lawful owners to solve these problems is much like banning automobiles in order to stop driving while intoxicated. Many years ago we made a decision to do less to help mentally ill people, I think we need to take a fresh look at these policies and provide the help they desperately need.
At the McDonald County Republican Club meeting Thursday evening, we heard a report from Grant and Stacy Hendricks about their trip to Washington for the Presidential Inaugural. It seems as if the Band won so many awards they thought they were going to need a U-Haul trailer to bring them all back! It really ought to make us proud to have such a fine group of young people representing us. We have some great schools in the southwest part of our state. I sometimes shudder when I hear Reps from other areas talk about their school districts and the problems they are encountering. People here tend to get more involved in their schools and help head off difficulties before they become unmanageable. We have a talented and dedicated teaching and administrative staff and they are doing a marvelous job!
When I left the Capitol the Senate was in the middle of a hot debate over the Governor's new airplane. He spent 5.7 million dollars on a new plane and didn't even use a bid process. Their rationale was that the factory in Kansas was the only place they could buy a King Air. I fully understand his need for a new one. He wore the other one out flying back and forth to Joplin. Stay tuned for what he cuts out of the budget to pay for that sucker!
Finally, please be aware of your neighbors during the cold winter weather. There are elderly all over the area that should be checked on regularly. Maybe offer to pick up groceries for them and make sure they have propane or firewood. Until next time, I am and remain, in your service.