The TorchCast #1: Sen. Kurt Schaefer Discusses Amendment 5, Felons and Ferguson (Video)

As I announced this morning in the newsletter, I’ve begun production of a series of videos for The Missouri Torch, beginning with The TorchCast, a 10-15 minute weekly interview with players in the Missouri political scene. This week, I had the pleasure of speaking with Sen. Kurt Schaefer regarding the lawsuit currently being discussed in the Missouri Supreme Court regarding a felons right to bear arms under the Missouri Constitution. We also talked about the new committee doing the investigation into Gov. Nixon’s botched handling of the Ferguson situation. Sen. Schaefer was voted to be chair of that committee.

Here’s the first of hopefully many. Let me know what you think in the comments:

The TorchCast #1: Sen. Kurt Schaefer Discusses Amendment 5, Felons and Ferguson (Video)

Scheafer Says Felons Aren’t Truly Citizens, Shouldn’t Get Right to Bear Arms – UPDATED

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This morning on my Facebook page, I shared a link to a story regarding a non-violent felon who has a case before the Missouri Supreme Court. He’s trying to get his right to bear arms restored.

Sen. Kurt Schaefer, who may just be trying to reinforce his ‘tough on crime’ bona fides, opposes the effort.

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

Schaefer, a Republican from Columbia who is running for attorney general, urged the court in a written brief to uphold the prohibition on felons possessing firearms. He argued that felons aren’t truly “citizens” and thus shouldn’t receive gun-rights protections.

I can’t find anything that says a convicted felon isn’t a citizen. It’s a strange, and some find, offensive assertion.

I don’t think non-violent felons should lose their right to bear arms. I question the logic of saying violent felons should lose their Second Amendment rights.

How can you say a right to bear arms is inalienable in one breath, but in the next say, “Unless you do X, Y or Z, and then yeah, they’re totally alienable.”

It’s an interesting debate, one that should be had.

But it doesn’t change the fact that felons are citizens.

I’ve put in a call to Sen. Schaefer’s office for clarification on his position. When I have it, I’ll post it here.

UPDATE:

I spoke with Sen. Schaefer today. He said he’s not taking the position that felons are not citizens. He was making a legal statement about their rights as they are defined.

He also said that if a non-violent felon went years without a blip, there’s no reason they should be denied their Second Amendment rights.

“The further they get from the day of their conviction without breaking a law, the harder it is to justify denying their right to bear arms,” Schaefer said.

He also said it was up for the court to make this determination.

Scheafer Says Felons Aren’t Truly Citizens, Shouldn’t Get Right to Bear Arms – UPDATED

WOW! Citizens to Elect Kurt Schaefer Receives Half a Million Dollar Donation

The group “Citizens to Elect Kurt Schaefer” received a huge donations of $500,000, reported today at the Missouri Ethics Commission.

Eli Yokley reports the money came from the Schaefer family trust fund.

Meanwhile, we have plenty of ad space available here at the Torch.

That’s a hint, Senator.

I’ll be waiting for your phone call.

WOW! Citizens to Elect Kurt Schaefer Receives Half a Million Dollar Donation