April 1, 2023

UNBAREABLE: Missouri Republicans want women to stop showing their guns

UNBAREABLE: Missouri Republicans want women to stop showing their guns

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Though Missouri ranks 47th in the nation for gun deaths per capita (CDC), Republicans in the Missouri House felt it more important to address bare arms than bearing arms.

Included as part of a larger set of legislation that passed the House 105 to 51, a new dress code will protect Republicans from having to witness women’s bare arms or from the sight of – and please prepare yourself – sequins!

Yes, we all know how dangerous sequins are.

Just check out this picture of the late Queen Elizabeth II contemplating murder while in a sequined dress:

So thanks to these safety conscious Republicans, now all in the Missouri House will be safe from this scourge to humankind.

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The measure was introduced by state Rep. Ann Kelley (R), who was definitely wearing some tacky bright blue pants as the debate raged, bringing unnecessary attention to her hips.

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The GOP eventually bent a bit, but only so far as to also allow women to wear cardigans in addition to blazers – but their arms must be covered.

The previous rules had allowed for “dresses or skirts or slacks worn with a blazer or sweater and appropriate dress shoes or boots,” and had been interpreted to mean that a blazer was only required if wearing slacks.

Democrats in the Missouri House were quick to condemn the proposal, leading to some fairly heated rhetoric and confrontations.

State Rep. Raychel Proudie (D) was quick to point out on the floor how ridiculous it all was:

Another state representative, Ashley Aune (D), had it out with Kelley about the effort she was sponsoring:

Later, former Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill (D) weighed in with her own condemnation:

Others also pointed out the fact that arms had to be covered but mouths during a pandemic did not.

The GOP claims that Democrats are guilty of “cancel culture,” yet here is just another example of Republicans trying to shut down a form of expression based on their own misguided ideas of what is decent and appropriate.

If it’s a hot day in Missouri, female reps will now have to bring jackets or cardigans with them in order to speak on the state’s House floor.

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Maybe next they’ll want to tell us that this is how we need to dress for the pool:

Although, one of those women is showing a lot of arm, so maybe not.

With Republicans, you never really know.

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Ross Rosenfeld

is a news analysis and opinion writer whose work has also appeared in the New York Daily News and Newsweek. He lives in New York.

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