Blunt Skeptical of Any Gun Changes

Missouri Senator Roy Blunt says he thinks there is no chance Congress will pass any restriction on guns in the aftermath of the Connecticut school shootings last week.
“Right now I am sure I would vote against anything that would negatively impact the Second Amendment,” said Blunt
Blunt told reporters in Kansas City he does not see any support in either the Senate or House for approving measures affecting the gun rights.
That would include, said the republican, any effort to renewal the ban against the sale of semi-automatic weapons.
“I just don’t have any reason to believe anything that has anything to do with this incident,” said Blunt,”and i also don’t think it has any chance at passing in the Senate”.
The Senate is controlled by the Democrats and will be next session as well.
it appears several Democratic Senator may try to push for some gun legislation.
Blunt says it would be more likely there are changes, and maybe even increased funding, at the federal level for addressing issues surrounding mental health.
He says Congress may look at the federal role in mental health rules and regulations. Mental health issues are often dealt with at the state level.
The federal impact could be felt through federal funding of state Medicaid programs.
A report from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, a trade group, says in 2011, the state of Missouri increased its spending on mental illness.
Missouri increase funding by nearly 4%. That was the highest amount in the nation.
The same group says Kansas descreased it funding in 2011 by 16%. That was oone of the five largewst descreases at any state capital.


One Response

  1. Good grief. What does it take?

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