Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Chuck Gatschenberger, Missouri House of Representatives Dist. 108, gives his opinion on current issues.
Tuesday, February 26
Editor's Note: Rep. Chuck Gatschenberger, R-Lake Saint Louis, has released his Capitol Report for Feb. 22. The opinions expressed in the column are those of Rep. Gatschenberger and do not reflect the views of Patch. I’ve received a multitude of emails, calls, and letters the past week from constituents who are greatly concerned about a bill filed by Rep. Rory Ellinger (D-University City). Rep. Ellinger, along with three other St. Louis representatives, filed House Bill 545. I respect Rep. Ellinger, and I know he believes he is doing the right thing by introducing this bill. But I cannot agree. HB 545 is a direct attack on the second amendment that would make many law-abiding gun owners felons. The bill seeks to ban the possession, sale, …
Monday, January 28, 2013
The University CIty City Council meets tonight.
The University City City Council is slated to meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, at University City City Hall. Items on the agenda include: Proclamations Appointments Swearing In City Manager's Report Council Reports/Business The council will also discuus Police Safety Seminars. The seminars are slated for: Unfinished Business New Business The meeting is open to the public.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
The University City mayor was one of 30 nationwide to issue statements Wednesday.
On Wednesday, President Barack Obama issued 23 executive actions and is urged Americans to put pressure on Congress to pass his proposed changes, including universal background checks on gun sales, a ban military-style assault rifles and limited ammunition magazines. In response to the President's gun control plan, the coalition Mayors Against Illegal Guns issued statements from 30 mayors nationwide.. University City Mayor Shelley Welsch is a member of the coalition. She issued the following statement. There are 33 Americans murdered with guns every day, and there's something we can do to stop the bloodshed. So why in the world would we wait? President Obama announced today that he is taking bold steps to address the epidemic of gun …
"Attacking firearms and ignoring children is not a solution," The NRA said.
The National Rife Association has released a statement following the announcement of President's Obama's gun control plan, which includes 23 executive actions that do not require the approval of Congress. The President is urging Americans to put pressure on Congress to pass measures such as universal background checks on gun sales, a ban on military-style assault rifles and limiting the capacity of ammunition magazines. READ MORE: President Obama's Gun Control Plan Released Wednesday The NRA's press release states that "attacking firearms and ignoring children is not a solution to the crisis we face as a nation." The entire text of the press release follows: Throughout its history, the National Rifle Association has led efforts to promote …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The president issued 23 executive actions and is urging Americans to pressure Congress to pass universal background checks on gun sales, ban military-style assault rifles and limit ammunition magazines. Share your thoughts here.
University City Mayor Shelley Welsch joined the ranks of several U.S. mayors Wednesday when she voiced support for President Barack Obama's gun control plan in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, CT. The president issued 23 executive actions and is urging Americans to put pressure on Congress to pass his proposed changes, including universal background checks on gun sales, a ban military-style assault rifles and limited ammunition magazines. Welsch, a member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition, issued a statement through the organization shortly after Obama spoke. "There are 33 Americans murdered with guns every day, and there's something we can do to stop the bloodshed. So why in the world would we …
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Following the tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT, should we expect to see stricter laws regarding gun purchases in the United States?
The question reemerges after every mass shooting in America: are more stringent gun control laws necessary to prevent future shootings? It's a question that was posed after the shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, CO in July. And as the national conversation continues to focus on the tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT, it's a question being asked again. So far, lawmakers in Missouri have been divided on how to respond. As KMOX reported on Thursday, Rep. Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights) is calling for the implementation of required background checks for people who buy firearms at gun shows. Meanwhile, other Missouri lawmakers are supporting a bill that would allow school officials with concealed carry …
Friday, December 21, 2012
In a press conference Friday, the NRA called for posted an armed officer at every school building. University City has three school resource officers.
Posting an armed officer in every School District of University City school and in schools across the country is the goal of the National Rifle Association (NRA), the guns-rights lobby announced on Friday. "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," said Wayne LaPierre, the organization's top lobbyist, at a Friday news conference, according to a Huffington Post report. The statement comes on the heels of the tragic school shooting in Newtown, CT, where 20 children and six adults were killed. NRA had remained silent until Wednesday, when it first announced its intention to offer "meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again." University City Police Chief Charles Adams told Patch Friday …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Legislation being prepared to ban assault-style weapons; President to make the issue "central" to his second term
With the national conversation centering on gun control legislation following the tragic school shooting in Newtown, CT, and the National Rifle Association scheduling a press conference Friday to weigh in on the issue, weapons of all sorts are flying off the shelves in at least one local gun store. "We're busier now than we've ever been," said Scott Schoenbeck, general manager of Ontargetstl.com, a Valley Park shooting range and gun store. "People are scared to death that they won't be able to buy the firearm of their choice." Some are even scared to talk about the issue, out of fear of reprisal. Two other local gun stores declined to comment on the calls for more restrictive gun control legislation, such as the revival of a law being …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
University City's state senator released a statement on the shootings Monday.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
University City — At a time like this it is difficult to know how to respond to the mass killing of innocent souls and impossible to find words to comfort the survivors. Unfortunately, we have had far too many times like this. Each time a gunman enters a school, or a theater, or a mall and begins randomly killing people, our nation grieves and struggles to understand how such tragedies occur. We debate the effectiveness of our mental health programs, we argue over gun control measures, we vow it will never happen again, and then it does. The fact most of the latest victims are young children shocks our conscience, but will it motivate us to consider meaningful change? Perhaps the answer lies not with our leaders in Washington, D.C. but …
Sunday, July 22, 2012
The St. Louis area represents both extremes in the debate in a single week.
There's no way to avoid it. The gun control debate re-emerges with every shooting like the one on Friday morning in Aurora, CO: A man kills 12 and wounds more than 50 in a movie theater at a premiere of the latest Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." On one end of the gun debate, Missouri Rep. John McCaherty (R-90th District), of High Ridge, is set to raffle off the civilian version of the military M16 rifle at a fundraising dinner Aug. 27. The rifle is a legally owned AR15 rifle that was given to him by the NRA. Meanwhile, on the other end of the debate over guns — legal or otherwise — only two mayors in the area have joined Mayors Against Illegal Guns: St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and University City Mayor Shelley Welsch. (It should be…