And finally… sabre-rattling

A new rule would allow politicians in the Missouri Senate to challenge one another to a duel.

Senator Nick Schroer’s proposed amendment was posted on X by Missouri Senate Democrats.

It reads: “If a senator’s honor is impugned by another senator to the point that it is beyond repair and in order for the offended senator to gain satisfaction, such senator may rectify the perceived insult to the senator’s honor by challenging the offending senator to a duel.

“The trusted representative, known as the second, of the offended senator shall send a written challenge to the offending senator. The two senators shall agree to the terms of the duel, including choice of weapons, which shall be witnessed and enforced by their respective seconds. The duel shall take place in the well of the senate at the hour of high noon on the date agreed to by the parties to the duel.”

Speaking to Newsweek, however, Jamey Murphy, Schroer’s chief of staff, played the amendment down, saying: “Senator Schroer is deeply committed to restoring a sense of honor in the Missouri Senate.

“While the idea of a duel may have been suggested in a metaphorical sense, the core message is about fostering respect and reminding members that the words used in a debate may have real consequences.”

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