WARRENSBURG, Mo. – In front of a crowd of nearly 1,000 Boys State “citizens,” Republican candidates for governor met Tuesday evening for the first time since the attack in Orlando and offered some of their solutions for that and other issues facing Missouri.

All of the candidates agreed that the shooting occurred, in part, because of a failure of leadership under President Barack Obama and that the answer was not to restrict access to firearms, but to increase it, including support for a stand your ground measure currently awaiting Gov. Jay Nixon’s signature.

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder also hearkened back to the Bush years, crediting the former president and attorney general for keeping America safe.

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