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West-central Missouri GOP congressional candidate Burks opposed to gun control measures

A former Boone County clerk seeking the GOP nomination in west-central Missouri’s fourth congressional district says criminals have used bombs and vehicles as weapons.

Ashland’s Taylor Burks tells “Wake Up Columbia” that it’s stunning to him how quickly people are trying to blame the gun industry for the deadly mass shooting at a Texas elementary school. 19 children and two teachers were killed in the incident.

“Banning something in this country that keeps far more people safe than instances that you see like this is not the solution to the problem. We have a heart problem, we have a culture problem in this country,” Burks says.

Democratic President Joe Biden addressed the nation after the Texas shooting, and is calling on Congress to stand up to the gun lobby. President Biden says most Americans support what he calls commonsense gun laws.

Meantime, Mr. Burks confirms he will be moving from Ashland to northern Boone County, so his residence is located in the new fourth congressional district. Burks says the district boundaries changed because of dysfunction in the Missouri Senate.

“I’ve temporarily relocated my residence, already moved my voter registration. And then family, I’m not going to drag the boys out of school midyear,” says Burks.

Burks’ Ashland home is now in the district of U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-St. Elizabeth) in east-central Missouri. The new map splits Columbia and Boone County into two districts.

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