How should Missouri deal with gun violence? Legislative candidates share their plans

Mid-Missouri’s state Senate race and three Missouri House of Representatives races are contested in the Nov. 3 general election. In the Senate race, incumbent Republican Sen. Caleb Rowden faces Democrat Judy Baker. In the House races, incumbent Republican Rep. Chuck Basye faces Democrat Adrian Plank, incumbent Republican Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch faces Democrat Jacque Sample, and Republican Rep. Sara Walsh faces Democrat Kari Chesney. In an effort to help voters make an informed decision, the Missourian sent each candidate a questionnaire asking for their thoughts on several issues relevant to area residents. Some of those questions were submitted by readers. Over the next several days, answers to a different question will be published each day. Answers are provided in the candidate’s words, but each was given a 150-word limit, and edits were made if the replies exceeded this. Here are their answers to the following question: What measures should state lawmakers take to address gun violence? (This is a reader-submitted question). Caleb Rowden, R: I am in favor of a conversation around policies that decrease violence in our state without arbitrarily and broadly trampling on the rights of law-abiding Missourians. It’s a tough balance to find, but one that I am certainly interested in finding. Judy Baker, D: Gun violence is a public health crisis, and Missouri needs commosense gun safety regulations to help address it. Republican politicians in Jefferson City have failed repeatedly to address gun violence in our state, in part because they are beholden to special […]

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