Legislative Column for the Week of July 20, 2015
Honor, Sacrifice and Defense

Last week, I requested that our governor allow our flags to be displayed at half-mast to honor those soldiers who were tragically murdered in Tennessee. The growing number of localized terrorist attacks against our military personnel in recent months has spawned concern among citizens and soldiers alike.  

The arm of terrorism is quickly increasing in scope, with targets in all corners of the globe, resulting in more frequent attacks on our home soil.

Many of my colleagues here in the Legislature and I are urgently calling upon the governor to utilize his power of executive orders to allow uniformed personnel in the National Guard to carry loaded weapons at military installations throughout our state. We are entering a new chapter in our history, and the rules must change to reflect the times. Far too many lives have been senselessly lost to terrorism right here in the United States, and we must take every opportunity to protect the innocent and those serving in uniform.

We proudly stand by our Second Amendment right in this state, and that right should include those serving our country in local installations as well.

We must have zero tolerance for the cowardly acts of terrorists looking to unravel the sanctity and security of our lives.    

As always, I encourage my constituents to contact me throughout the year with comments, questions or suggestions by calling my office at (573) 751-5713. To find more information about the bills I sponsor, visit www.senate.mo.gov/brown.

Thank you for reading this and for your participation in state government.