5. Missouri lawmakers, who reminded us just how close we are to a nation run by machine-gun-happy warlords. Missouri lawmakers nearly succeeded this week in overturning a veto of House Bill 436 by Governor Jay Nixon. The bill would have made it legal for Missourians to own machine guns, and would have made it illegal for federal agents to take those machine guns away. It also would have made it a criminal offense to enforce background checks and to print the name and address of a gun owner. Even though the veto had a majority in the House and Senate, it failed to gain the 2/3 majority it needed to pass in the Senate. So yes, our system of checks and balances just barely worked this week (we still do want federal law to supersede state law, yes?), but I still think Missouri needs to have a time out and think about what it's done.