Missouri Rep. Mike Leara has a curious concept of democracy, let alone free speech. Leara has proposed a law that would make it a crime for any of his colleagues to introduce gun control legislation.
Leara would make it a felony with a potential sentence of four years in prison for any member who introduces legislation restricting gun rights.
Now here is what I truly loved about this story. Leara admits that he will have difficulty getting a majority of his colleagues to sign on to such a bill. However, he insisted “I want it to be clear that the Missouri House will stand in defense of the people’s constitutional right to keep and bear arms.” The Republican from suburban St. Louis, therefore, would gut the first amendment and scrap the democratic process in the name of upholding the constitution.
Brandies appeared to have Leara in mind when he said “The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.”
Here is his brief bio:
Rep. Mike Leara, a Republican, represents part of St. Louis County, which includes the City of Sunset Hills and Fenton (District 96) in the Missouri House of Representatives.
In addition to his legislative duties, Rep. Leara attends Abiding Savior Lutheran Church. He is a member of the Sunset Hills – Crestwood Chamber of Commerce and the Fenton Chamber of Commerce.
A 1978 graduate of Southwest High School, Rep. Leara attended St. Louis Community College at Meramec and Saint Louis University.
Born March 27, 1960, Rep. Leara currently resides in unincorporated St. Louis County near Sunset Hills.