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U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Kansas City) represents Saline County in the 939 the Eagle listening area; photo courtesy of Congressman Cleaver's website

Missouri Congressman Cleaver calls for ban on assault weapons; Hartzler favors armed guards

U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Kansas City) represents Saline County in the 939 the Eagle listening area; photo courtesy of Congressman Cleaver’s website

A congresswoman who represents Columbia on Capitol Hill backs a plan to arm guards in schools.

U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Harrisonville), a former teacher who’s running for the U.S. Senate, spoke to KSDK Channel 5 in St. Louis. She is reacting to this week’s deadly mass shooting in rural Texas, where at least 19 children and two teachers were killed when the suspect opened fire at Robb elementary.

Congresswoman Hartzler also tells Channel 5 that it’s too early for Congress to approve any gun control measures. She opposes expanding background checks.

Meantime, a Democratic congressman who represents part of the 939 the Eagle listening area has tweeted that thoughts and prayers “aren’t going to cut it” regarding gun violence and school shootings.

U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Kansas City), whose district includes rural Saline County, is calling on Congress to take action.

“We need concrete action like background checks, red flag laws and an assault weapons ban,” Congressman Cleaver tweeted.

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