Kinder Urges General Assembly to Overturn Nixon's "Constitutional Carry" Veto

Kinder Urges General Assembly to Overturn Nixon's "Constitutional Carry" Veto

As our nation mourns our fellow Americans who lost their lives in the senseless act of terrorism that occurred in Orlando earlier this month, the ability of Americans to protect themselves is more important than ever. Senate Bill 656 was an important step in that direction, as it would have enacted Constitutional Carry and provided Missourians a greater ability to defend ourselves and exercise our 2nd Amendment rights.

This morning, Governor Nixon vetoed the bill, calling it an “extreme step” and claiming that it will take away “the ability of sheriffs to protect their communities.” As a relentless defender of the Second Amendment and our Constitution, I am disappointed in Governor Nixon’s veto and encourage the General Assembly to overturn it.

In light of recent events, the urge to pass new laws to protect Americans and help prevent further attacks has moved to the forefront of our national conversation. First and foremost in any consideration of new legislation should be the security and protection of our fellow Americans. Of equal weight must be the preservation of all Americans’ constitutional rights.

There are ample laws already on the books aimed at keeping firearms out of the hands of violent criminals and individuals with mental illness. We don’t need new gun laws; we need the will to enforce the laws we have, yet there are real obstacles to this goal.

A July 2015 article in the New York Times highlighted myriad problems that plague the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which is supposed to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. Some of those problems include spotty cooperation from the states and narrow definitions of mental illness. Also, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) says that most states report less than 80 percent of their felony convictions to the national system. As a result nearly 7 million convicted felons are not currently registered.

Politico reported in 2013 that only 1.5 percent of those who attempted to purchase a gun illegally were prosecuted. In other words, the vast majority of people who broke the law by trying to obtain a gun illegally were simply allowed to try again. Broadening who is covered under a law that is not enforced accomplishes nothing. Until our existing laws are adequately enforced, violent felons will continue to falsely pass background checks to buy firearms.

If the intent of new gun laws being considered is to save lives, it’s clear that banning certain types of guns will fail in that regard. Criminals will simply ignore the laws and use illegal means to access the guns they want. Meanwhile, law-abiding citizens’ ability to defend themselves will have been curtailed.

We must enforce our existing laws to ensure violent criminals remain incarcerated, ensure that dangerous people and those with mental illness are in the NICS database, and vigorously prosecute those who try to illegally obtain a firearm.

Rather than restricting Americans’ constitutional right to firearms, we should encourage more responsible citizens to receive firearms training and consider purchasing a gun for the safety of themselves, their families, and their neighbors.

Kinder asks Obama to rescind ‘Dear Colleague’ letter

Kinder asks Obama to rescind ‘Dear Colleague’ letter

Kinder believes ‘Dear Colleague Letter’ is an ‘unconstitutional abuse of authority’

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder released a letter Tuesday which he is sending to President Barack Obama. The letter asks the President to rescind a recent “Dear Colleague” letter from the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice to public schools across the nation.

Kinder said the “Dear Colleague” letter attempts to dictate how Missouri public schools must run their facilities and programs to accommodate students who might claim transgender status.

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Lt. Governor Peter Kinder statement on DOJ lawsuit over NC bathroom law

Lt. Governor Peter Kinder statement on DOJ lawsuit over NC bathroom law

Urges Koster, Nixon to stand up to feds’ abuse of power

JEFFERSON CITY —Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder issued the following statement today regarding the U.S. Department of Justice’s lawsuit against North Carolina over enforcement of the state’s so-called “bathroom law”:

“By inserting itself into North Carolina’s lawmaking, the Obama Justice Department is overstepping its authority in violation of the 10th Amendment to the Constitution. It justifies this overreach by unilaterally redefining federal anti-discrimination law, something only Congress has the authority to do. We saw this on the local level in February when the full force of the federal government was unleashed in a similar way on the city of Ferguson. The DOJ told Ferguson officials they could either accept an agreement the city couldn’t afford, or fight a lawsuit they couldn’t afford.

“Now, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and her DOJ cohorts are threatening action against North Carolina for the ‘crime’ of wanting to designate bathrooms in government buildings for men and women only. If the federal government can force states to bow to its command over bathroom policies, is there anything beyond its reach?

“I stand with North Carolina and Gov. Pat McCrory, and I urge Attorney General Chris Koster and Gov. Jay Nixon to stand up to this federal abuse of power. This issue goes way beyond North Carolina. It is an unprecedented assault on our privacy and safety. This DOJ will not stop in North Carolina. By targeting this one state, the Obama Administration has telegraphed what it intends to do to any state that tries to protect its residents’ right to privacy against a far-left radical agenda.” 

​Lt. Governor Kinder Releases 1st Quarter Report

​Lt. Governor Kinder Releases 1st Quarter Report

JEFFERSON CITY - Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder today filed his April quarterly report for Missourians for Peter Kinder reflecting his largest number raised yet this cycle. 

The report showed Kinder raised more than $328,000 during the first quarter of 2016 and has $624,521 in cash on hand. This is both Kinder’s strongest fundraising quarter and his highest number of donors (410) in one quarter for the cycle.

“I’m beyond grateful by the outpouring of support from all corners of Missouri,” Kinder said. “From my longtime supporters to many first time contributors – the encouragement and momentum that our campaign has received has been astounding and humbling.”

“Thus far, we have raised more each quarter than the one before,” continued Kinder. “Voters across the state are joining my fight to restore Missouri’s values, economy and reputation. They want a conservative for governor whom they trust to lead them from the front lines and whom they know has been in the trenches with them on every key conservative victory in recent history. I'm honored to have earned their trust and will continue fighting for Missouri and the vibrant future we know is possible."

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Primary Opponent's Shocking Support of Outrageous Acts by Mega Donor Michael Goguen.

JEFFERSON CITY — Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder today issued the following statement regarding appalling revelations surrounding Eric Greitens' largest donor:

"While I have defended Eric Greitens in the past, I cannot support him and his current refusal to call out this heinous behavior by his largest donor - Michael Goguen. Mr. Greitens' campaign has defended the allegations against Goguen by saying they first need to "sort out the facts." A shocking response.

"I waited before speaking out, in hopes that Mr. Greitens would do the right thing, as others have, and return the money. Three days later, he hasn't.

"Sequoia Capital found the allegations against Goguen, and the behavior he has admitted thus far, to be so egregious that he was forced to resign. Governor John Kasich, Republican presidential candidate, wasted no time in donating the $250k from Goguen to charity. Mr. Greitens should do the same. Instead, he is holding fast to Goguen's $1 million contribution. 

"I'm simply astounded that Eric Greitens would stand with Michael Goguen, a non-Missourian and California resident, and refuse to return funds from such a contaminated source. That kind of money has no business in Missouri. Why is Mr. Greitens, whose entire campaign is based on attacking corruption and dishonesty in politics, holding his largest donor to a lesser standard than he holds everyone else?

“Is the one-million dollars that Eric Greitens received from Goguen more important than the virtues he claims to fight for?”

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Obama’s plan to close Guantanamo Bay

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Obama’s plan to close Guantanamo Bay

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder today denounced President Barack Obama’s proposal to close Guantanamo Detention Center and transfer its detainees to a facility in the United States. 

“This is a reckless plan that will put Americans in danger. President Obama apparently is more concerned about America’s perception in the world than he is about American security. The Guantanamo detainees are not typical criminals. They are ideologically committed killers – terrorists in the truest sense. These hardened terrorists now are guarded by the U.S. military, and any domestic prison facility would be far more vulnerable to attack. It is telling that so many nations are happy to complain about human rights and Guantanamo but are unwilling to offer relocation. U.S. national security concerns must take precedence over President Obama’s attempt to secure his hard left-wing legacy. I urge Sens. Blunt and McCaskill and our Missouri delegation in the U.S. House to stand against this irresponsible plan. The President’s first responsibility is to protect American life and liberty. Closing Guantanamo ensures the opposite effect.”

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DOJ assault on the Ferguson Community

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DOJ assault on the Ferguson Community

‘Someone needs to stand up to this outrageous overreach’

JEFFERSON CITY — Decrying the outrageous overreach of the Department of Justice attack on the residents of Ferguson, Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder issued the following statement today:

“The Department of Justice lawsuit is nothing less than an assault on the taxpayers of Ferguson. The commandeering of city resources by federal officials who have no idea of the budget priorities and needs of the citizens of Ferguson is antithetical to the American form of government.

“Ferguson already is spending at a deficit and the Justice Department’s 127-page list of demands and reforms for the city would add at least $3 million to the city’s expenses. Ferguson leaders are making a good faith effort to adopt reforms to correct past problems. But the Justice Department demands would force the city to stop providing basic services to residents to pay for mandated wage hikes. Even then, the ongoing costs would threaten to bankrupt the city. That’s why the City Council voted unanimously to add conditions to its acceptance of most of the DOJ demands.

“The Justice Department’s response was to sue the city to enforce its draconian mandates. As far as Obama’s Justice Department is concerned, if Ferguson won’t accept an agreement it can’t afford, it now must fight a lawsuit it can’t afford.

“The DOJ is behaving like an emperor in a far distant castle handing down decrees to its subjects. If they can do this to Ferguson, they can do it to Neosho or Tarkio or Poplar Bluff. Someone needs to stand up to this outrageous overreach.”

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