TRIB TALK [Columbia Daily Tribune (MO)]
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Jim Robertson, managing editor
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"I was just curious about arming teachers in school. I used to work at school, and I'm wondering where a teacher of the female persuasion would put her gun. Would she put it in her pocket Would she wear it in a holster Would she lock it in a drawer We used to lock our purses in the drawers and didn't take them out till the end of the day. Also, wouldn't it be smarter to have an electric fence around every school in the country with Dobermans It would protect them."
Robertson replies: Where would a teacher of the male persuasion keep his gun The fence and Doberman solution is a little prison- like to catch on, I think, but some students probably think that's appropriate.
"It is Feb. 14, and as usual, I get up very early so, on cable broadcast, I can watch foreign news, especially from Great Britain, China and Russia. They are all reporting very large, joint, law- enforcement and military-style exercises occurring in major cities of the United States, especially during the night-time hours, involving full-dress military units with helicopters and joint police SWAT teams, etc., doing some type of mock combat in the cities. I was wanting to know if the Tribune would research what is going on and print a feature article about this because it is becoming of some concern to some that I know and, in conjunction with Barack Obama's Homeland Security Department buying up half a billion rounds of ammunition recently, exactly what is the United States preparing for that the public is not being told about Help us out, Tribune."
Robertson replies: This indicates to me that other countries are not immune to the tin-foil hat crowd. If those exercises were really happening, I guarantee no local news organization would ignore them.
"Let's see, we have a dog that's hyper-aggressive being given to a man who was fired from the police force for brutality. What could possibly go wrong "
"Chris Kelly, come on. I'm a conservative. I used to talk to you on your radio show all the time. I agree with probably 80 percent of what you stand for, but you have just hit a new low saying about the photo ID bill that 'Jim Crow is alive in this room. This is the single most immoral act I have seen in my time in the General Assembly.' When was the last time you were able to get an airplane ticket without showing an ID Or car insurance To try to champion this stuff with 'The poor people can't get it' -- it's free, for crying out loud."
"I'm from this town. They've never had anything in this town worth a squat. They're never going to have anything in this town worth a squat. As far as that airport is concerned, it's never been worth a damn, and it's never going to be worth a damn. They might as well hang it on the wall and forget it."
"Watching the news and the ribbon-cutting ceremony and the whoop- de-doo about American Airlines coming to Columbia, I was excited, too -- excited that they would have a nonstop flight from Columbia to Dallas -- until I went to book a flight. There is no way in hell I am paying those prices."
"This Bill 545 to ban any assault rifle or weapon that has a capacity of 10 rounds or more in the magazine that the Missouri legislature is trying to pass is pretty idiotic. Mass shootings are not the result of high-capacity magazines. Mass shootings are the result of stupid people shooting weapons. All it takes is one bullet to kill somebody. It doesn't take a high-capacity mag. All you have to do is pack four or five magazines of 10 rounds each, and, boom, you are already above one high-capacity magazine. We need to do a little bit more thought about this."
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