Republicans, Democrats, independent voters, conservatives, moderates and liberals all share some important values — such as the right to vote, democracy and strong local communities.
But one size doesn’t fit all.
It’s just common sense for a local community to determine its own destiny — like deciding what form of local government it wants, how schools should be organized or how best to serve peoples’ transportation needs. These decisions are most often made effectively with the participation of members of the community, through public meetings or workshops, or a vote on a ballot measure at a community-wide election.
The outcome is the direct result of community members being involved in making a decision that affects their lives and the future of the whole community. That individual involvement can contribute to a sense of satisfaction as a member of the community.
Sensible Missouri has organized an effort to give Missourians a chance for our state Constitution to recognize that which is obvious in everyday life in Missouri: The use of guns in rural Missouri is different from the use of guns in urbanized communities. Therefore, we need the ability to regulate guns at the local level. Guns that are largely used for hunting, sports and other legal purposes throughout rural Missouri can be instruments of terror, tragic loss of human life and general mayhem in some urban areas.
What is right for St. Louis or Kansas City may not be right for the Bootheel or Northwest Missouri. Local communities are best suited to decide that – not bureaucrats or the politicians in Jefferson City. That’s a value we all share, throughout the state.
The U.S. Supreme Court has restricted government regulation of guns, and no local jurisdiction under our proposal will be able to circumvent those rulings or any federal law. But, to the extent that the Supreme Court has allowed sensible regulation of firearms, we believe those regulations should be made available to communities in Missouri if that is what those communities decide they want.