Letter to the Editor

Gene Ballay: SAPA a litmus test for Americans

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Dear Editor:

This is the second year in a row that the Second Amendment Protection Act (SAPA) has progressed through our Missouri legislature (with many co-sponsors), and the Missouri Sheriffs Association opposing it both times.

With the publicity attached to the legislation, it would seem likely that the many co-sponsors have taken into account, either yea or nay, what the Missouri Sheriffs Association has to say.

One local news story said, “Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott released a statement saying two bills in the State Senate and State House of Representatives intended to protect the 2nd amendment are problematic.” 

The “concern” that I see Missouri Sheriff Association voicing is one of continuing to cooperate with Federal Agencies, including apparently the same Fed Agencies who were (illegally, against Missouri law) twice provided with a list of Missouri CCW license holders, the same episode that former Gov. Jay Nixon initially denied ever took place, but which was confirmed when the Head of Missouri Highway Patrol was put under oath during a committee hearing.

Another state news story said, “The Missouri Highway Patrol admitted on Thursday that it released the names of more than 163,000 Missourians who have concealed weapons permits to a federal agent twice in the past two years.” 

I truly think that if the public does not start “standing up” on Constitutional issues, America as we knew it growing up, is gone. That bright light coming through the tunnel is not a ray of hope, but rather the end of our Constitutional rights, and SAPA is a litmus test on what Americans will, and will not, accept.

Gene Ballay


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  • Thank you for printing this letter, Monett Times. I understand there will be folks who both agree and disagree, but we all need to at least make an effort to understand opposing points of view, and without a platform that is not possible. In this particular case, my letter is about SAPA but my real point is 'what is happening to our US Constitution, in that so many aspects of it can be literally suspended without time limit, by the lowest levels of municipal and county government'. And if it can happen once, does anyone believe it will not happen again, for some other reason?? What I see today bears no resemblance what-so-ever to US Constitution I was taught in the early 1960's.

    -- Posted by gene.ballay on Sun, Jan 31, 2021, at 7:18 AM
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