An editorial from The St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
This week marked Gov. Mike Parson’s moment to demonstrate bold leadership and prove to Missourians that his rise to the state’s highest office was more than just an accident prompted by his disgraced predecessor’s resignation. Parson knows from having toured St. Louis with Mayor Lyda Krewson how dire the gun situation is here. He knows that the legislature has the ability to rework existing law so law enforcers can crack down on rampant gun violence.
But Parson refuses to order the legislature to take up gun violence in the upcoming special session — even when confronted with the grim statistic of 13 dead St. Louis children. What more motivation does he need? How many gallons of spilled children’s blood are enough to make Parson stand up and lead?
Rep. William Lacy Clay joined members of the St. Louis aldermanic black caucus Wednesday to appeal for federal and state action. The Board of Education will convene a special work session this Thursday to discuss ways to cope. These are examples of real leadership by people who care. Where are Parson and the legislature?
What moves Parson is the crushing plight of Missourians burdened by taxes when they sell a vehicle, trailer, boat or outboard motor. The issue is so blindingly urgent that it must be addressed now — immediately! — in the special session that started Monday.But children killed or maimed by gunfire don’t rate in his book.
Parson is willing to exert extraordinary political and legal efforts to shut down abortion clinics in the name of protecting life. But when the call goes out for bold leadership to protect the children we see cowering in fear, right before our eyes, Parson shrinks into the background.
If this is his way of showing Missourians why he deserves to continue as governor, no thanks. We’ve seen all we need to see.