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Missouri bill would mandate NRA-sponsored gun class for all 1st graders


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We all know how Republicans resent any perceived or actual Obama "mandates." They've taken them all the way to the Supreme Court, in fact.

But when it comes to Missouri first graders taking an NRA-sponsored gun safety training course, some in the state Senate say that's hunky dory, and are considering a bill proposing as much. As Think Progress notes, the grant would put a “National Rifle Association’s Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program” instructor in every first grade classroom. 

And whaddya know, that whole "mandates suck" thing went right out the window with Republican Sen. Dan Brown, one of the legislators behind the measure who "hates" mandates. He was against them before he was for them:

Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, told the Senate General Laws Committee Tuesday that his bill was an effort to teach young children what to do if they come across an unsecured weapon. [...]

“I hate mandates as much as anyone, but some concerns and conditions rise to the level of needing a mandate,” Brown said.

Indeed, "some concerns and conditions" do call for them, like, oh I dunno, providing health care for as many Americans as possible?

However, there are even limits to Republican mandates. Check out what the very same legislators refuse to teach.


VIDEO- Mitt Romney: "I like mandates. The mandates work"... "Some aspects...could be applicable to the rest of the country."


"They call him Flipper, Flipper..."

Think Progress breaks it all down.


Poll-itics: What GOP mandate?


1. Go to polls.

2. Hold nose. Let go.

3. Check out choices one more time. Damn. Everyone sucks. Hold nose again.

4. Glance nervously over your shoulder for that bill collector who's been after you.

5.. Vote for the party not in White House, reluctantly.

6. Ask self as you exit the polls: What was I thinking?!

'Voters are looking for change — but not what the Republicans are offering' [...]

The exit poll (PDF) from Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research suggests that while voters gave control of the House to the Republicans, it was not out of a desire to return to Republican policies, but rather out of a lack of other options.

The poll shows voters largely rejected the narrative put forward by Republicans: That the American public rebelled against the liberal-minded over-reaching of the Obama administration.

Roughly even numbers of Democratic, Republican and independent voters -- about three-quarters in each case -- said the economy was a factor in their vote. No other issue polled nearly as high.

Maybe the GOP misspoke. They must have meant meant man-dolt, not mandate.