As the nation watches a burgeoning children’s movement for gun control spring from Florida after last week’s mass killing, the odds of Kansas and Missouri rewriting their rules for firearms this year look slim. Few parts of the country welcome guns, carried openly or tucked out of sight, as much as Kansas and Missouri. The nation’s midsection is packing heat, and there’s little reason to think lawmakers in Jefferson City or Topeka find themselves in any mood for disarmament.
A call sets it off. One of Kansas’ two foster care contractors learns another child has landed in state custody. It has four hours to pick the kid up.