A well-known Kansas City firearms instructor says President Obama’s emotional news conference after the Oregon shooting could hurt the President’s call for more gun control more than it helps.
“All he’s going to do, I’m afraid, is get people upset. And people are going to do things they shouldn’t, like buying a lot more guns,” said Don Pind a firearms instructor and consultant.
Pind says he had heard a number people talk about buying more weapons in the near future, in case the federal government launches more gun control measures.
Pind compares increased control calls to the war on drugs.
It’s kind of like the war on drugs. They’ve made all kinds of laws on that, but haven’t been able to stop narcotics in this county,” he said.
Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Bakers says the President was speaking out of frustration during his Thursday news conference. Peters Baker thinks American share his frustration.
“Can’t we start with a discussion? Can’t we have a discussion about the reality of the harm that happens in America every day?” she said.
The prosecutor, however, disagrees with the President’s call to make gun control a single issue measure.
Peters Baker says Americans won’t be able to agree on effective gun control until it’s removed from politics.
“I think that discussion cannot be had in the halls of Jefferson City, where people want to campaign for new offices.”
(AP) – Kansas collected $31 million less in taxes than anticipated last month, a shortfall that could tighten the state’s budget picture.
The state Department of Revenue reported Thursday that the state took in $534 million in taxes, when its official fiscal forecast projected $565 million. The shortfall was about 5.5 percent.
Tax collections were almost equally as short of expectations in August, but the department attributed that month’s shortfall to larger-than-expected income tax refunds.
Since the fiscal year began in July, tax collections have been $67 million short of expectations, or about 4.7 percent off at about $1.37 billion.
Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan noted that taxes from oil and gas production failed to meet expectations in September because of fallen energy prices. He also said farm income has declined.
(AP) – Election officials across Kansas are expected to begin removing the names of more than 31,000 prospective voters from their records in line with Kansas’ tough voter identification law, which requires applicants to prove their citizenship before casting a ballot.
Secretary of State Kris Kobach has directed county election officials to discard applications from prospective voters who after 90 days did not provide all the required information and documents. Most were people who hadn’t documented their U.S. citizenship.
The proof-of-citizenship requirement took effect in 2013. Only four states have a similar requirement, which advocates support as an effective tool against voter fraud but opponents consider a ruse for discouraging voting by the poor and minorities. The culling of applications is the first since the law went into effect.
(AP) – Former Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Bill Kenney has pleaded guilty to drunken driving in Missouri’s capital city, where he now serves as a state utility regulator.
The Jefferson City News Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1FKsrtI ) that Kenney pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor driving while intoxicated charge and was placed on two years unsupervised probation.
Jefferson City police say Kenney was discovered passed out and slumped over the steering wheel of his car in a Taco Bell parking lot in March.
The 60-year-old Kenney is a member of the Missouri Public Service Commission.
He was a Chiefs quarterback from 1979 to 1988. He then became a real estate developer in the Kansas City area. Kenney served in the Missouri Senate from 1995 to 2003, representing eastern Jackson County.
(AP) — Former longtime Missouri state Sen. Harold Caskey has died following complications related to Parkinson’s disease.
Kay Caskey said her husband died Thursday at Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Kansas. He was 77.
She says he was taken there earlier this week from their Butler home after choking on food and losing consciousness. Kay Caskey says her husband had difficulty swallowing because of Parkinson’s disease.
Caskey first won election to the Missouri Senate in 1976 and served for 28 years before being forced out by term limits. The Democrat previously was the Bates County prosecutor
Caskey played a key role in Missouri’s school funding laws and in a measure allowing people to carry concealed guns.
He was vice chairman of the Missouri Capitol Commission, which oversees the building’s preservation projects.