Illinois Representative Mike Bost (Murphysboro), who exploded last year after he was given a massive bill just minutes before a vote on it on the House floor, once again launched into blasting the tyrants in the Illinois State House. This time it was not the Speaker of the House, but rather took aim at freshman legislator Scott Drury's comments about other Republican members of the House and their stand on the Second Amendment.
"Floor amendments should be some technical small change that we shouldn't have to worry about like this. But yet you bring a whole bill that has questions whether it is even constitutional," Bost said. "Folks, the process is really messed up. Quit! This is not the bill that everyone has debated…it is a ploy and once again your side of the aisle keeps trying to make ploys instead of dealing with the real issue. Keep playing games!"
"Do you know that one of the associations actually has a click-down of when we have constitutional carry in the state of Illinois? And you want to endanger your citizens and keep playing games like this? Vote no!," he said, as he threw the microphone forward over the desk.
However, when Rep. Drury said there were no "Constitutional scholars" in the House and then he accused Republicans of being two-faced that Bost launched into attack mode from across the room. The Speaker couldn't keep order and any red blooded American would side with Bost in Drury's clearly ignorant statements.
If that wasn't enough, Dury didn't know when to keep his mouth shut and pointed at Bost and said, "we don't want someone like that carrying a concealed weapon."
"You can't say 'our side of the aisle' on this issue, it's not about one party or the other," Bost said. "There was screaming on both sides of the aisle because he overstepped his bounds. The bill failed miserably."
The bill failed miserably by a vote of 76-31.
"As the House Floor Leader, it's my job to protect members of my party from false accusations or broad-brushing issues," Bost told the Mr. Vernon Reigster-News. "Concealed carry is not a Republican or a Democrat issue."
"The amendment that was added to the bill we were discussing was a 'may/may' carry bill," Bost said. "New York has a similar bill, and less than .01 percent of people get to carry. Under the amendment, someone would have to go to the local sheriff, who would do a background check, talk to people, then the sheriff may allow the person to petition the state for a concealed carry permit. Then, the state would do a background check and may issue a permit. That's two mays and makes it almost impossible to get a permit. The bill was flawed and I explained that problem."
Bost did receive support though, not siding with Drury. "Even the sponsor of the bill and those in support of it instantly apologized to me," Bost said. "They said, 'that's not us.'"
"There is nothing wrong with yelling to express yourself on the floor," Bost said. "But it has to be sensible."
The battle over concealed carry will continue in Illinois. According to the Associated Press:
Illinois Senate legislation touted as a compromise between Chicagoans weary of street violence and gun owners eager to legally carry concealed weapons elsewhere appears more restrictive than promised, according to a copy obtained by The Associated Press. It will be redrafted before it's even filed, a spokeswoman said Monday.
Sen. Kwame Raoul, a Chicago Democrat, had said the plan was a permissive concealed carry program. But the language indicates that Illinois State Police could deny permits to anyone unable to show they faced a violent threat or did not have a "proper reason" for carrying one — hallmarks of gun-permit laws in states with more restrictive rules.
Raoul's idea was to provide better control over permits for carrying concealed weapons in Chicago and Cook County with a review by local police. Raoul said last week that outside of Chicago, the concealed carry law would require review only by the state police. Raoul described his proposal as "shall issue," a less-restrictive means of screening permit applicants.
To gun-rights advocates, "shall issue" means an applicant gets a permit if he or she passes a background check and gets the requisite training. Raoul's initial legislation, however, is closer to a "may issue" law in that it would require an applicant to provide state police with "a proper reason for carrying a firearm" and prove that he or she "is a responsible person of good moral character" whose permit would be "consistent with public safety."
I think we need a little more men like Mike Bost who are not worried about what people think or how they are perceived, but make the stands for what is right. More power to Representative Bost!