January 7, 2016

Crickets From Koster On Obama’s Missouri Attack

This week, President Obama outlined a series of executive actions on gun control. The President specifically referenced Missouri in his remarks, according to a report by the Springfield News-Leader:

“Since Missouri repealed a law requiring comprehensive background checks and purchase permits, gun deaths have increased to almost 50 percent higher than the national average,” Obama said in impassioned remarks at the White House. “One study found, unsurprisingly, that criminals in Missouri now have easier access to guns.”

Despite this direct attack on Missouri state law, Attorney General and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris Koster has remained silent.

Other Missouri elected officials and candidates from both parties have taken a position, but Koster’s silence has forced Missourians to play a guessing game about to where their Attorney General stands on this important issue. Current sitting Governors and Attorneys General across the country have spoken out, but Koster has offered no such leadership.

Koster’s silence is particularly notable because he is charged with defending Missouri’s state laws, a role he has used to weigh in on executive orders in the past. In 2013, Koster came out in support of Governor Nixon’s executive order on same sex marriage, saying his role “is to defend such state laws to the extent possible.”

With a 2016 campaign looming, Koster appears to be taking a more cautious approach, but he is still required to do his day job. As the state’s top law enforcement officer, Koster has an obligation to the people of Missouri to say whether he plans to defend Missouri law in the face of the President’s executive overreach.