Missouri Senator Wanted Death Penalty for Litterers

Missouri Senator Kevin Engler (R-Farmington) hates litter so much that he wanted to kill Missourians who did it. So on January 29, 2009, he sponsored a bill (SB 273) that would give litterers the death penalty.

"I think that if we kill just a couple of people we catch, the rest will catch on," he said in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

To really help his cause and win votes for his next election, he called people who litter "white trash" and "rednecks."

Later in the day, he said he was joking about the bill

“I’m doing this tongue in cheek, obviously,” he said. Engler then withdrew the bill, thus wasting valuable time the Missouri Senate could have devoted to actually doing something useful.

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