Missouri Proposal Would Allow Senators to Challenge Each Other to a Duel to Settle Differences

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Every now and again, a politician makes a proposal in jest that I wish would become reality. Enter Missouri Republican State Sen. Nick Schroer, who had the unmitigated gall to propose a motion that would allow members of the state legislature to settle their differences the same way Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton did.

That’s right, folks. He proposed that officials should be allowed to participate in duels if they feel their honor has been sufficiently insulted. Missouri’s Democrats posted a copy of the proposed measure on social media, probably to denigrate Schroer’s idea.

Perhaps Schroer’s bill is warranted given the tensions in Missouri’s legislature. On Thursday, RedState’s Susie Moore reported on a fracas occurring between Republican state senators over various matters, including abortion. The conflict resulted in members of the state’s Freedom Caucus being removed from committee assignments and their parking spots being taken away.

Schroer’s chief of staff explained the lawmaker’s proposal in an interview:

Unfortunately, Schroer’s proposal was a tongue-in-cheek way to address the lack of civility in Missouri politics and even the current national political landscape. He alluded to this in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter.

I know I’m probably in the wrong, but part of me wanted this proposal to be real. After all, with tensions being what they are in America, perhaps a few duels might be just what we need, right? Why not have our elected leaders settle their differences with high-stakes fencing matches or pistols? It might make for some good entertainment while possibly encouraging government officials to temper their rhetoric a bit.

In fact, since we are slightly more civilized than in days past, why not have non-lethal duels? I can’t be the only one who would love to see Sen. John Fetterman participate in a sanctioned boxing match with Sen. Bob Menendez, right? Perhaps the 2024 presidential election could be decided by Donald Trump and Joe Biden bashing each other with blunt swords to see who has what it takes to run our country.

Of course, I’m only jesting. But Schroer’s point about the wild rhetoric in our politics is well taken.

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