That scenario played out last week when a woman was charged with purchasing a weapon for a convicted violent offender who then used that weapon to murder the director of prisons in Colorado.
So Lee proposes to block an attempt to punish aiding and abetting in a murder in order to protect Second Amendment rights. That position, sources confide to me, almost drove Leavitt to drink.
Leavitt and other Republicans who are willing to state publicly that the Earth, indeed, is round, not flat, have put in motion a nomination reform process that would allow a candidate to qualify for the ballot if he or she got enough signatures on a petition, regardless of how many votes that candidate received in the convention.
Leavitt, who was elected three times, would never succeed these days in a GOP state convention because he is not willing to say we need to hoard machine guns and mortars to protect ourselves from gay, radical environmentalists who are in the country illegally, belong to a teacher's union, go to PTA bake sales and were born in Kenya.
Meanwhile, I have learned that Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, has had an epiphany and wants to apologize to anyone he has offended or hurt by past boorish or bullying behavior.
Noel has sent emails to those who have asked him to rethink some of his positions on federal land issues, apologizing for calling them socialist liberals who have no right to an opinion. With the emails, he is fulfilling part of a 12-step program for rage-aholics he entered at the urging of former Sen. Chris Buttars, who has gotten a whole new perspective on life since he joined an all-male ballroom dance group called the Bette Middlers.
Since joining the Republican-dominated Utah Senate this year, state Democratic Chairman Jim Dabakis has also gained a new perspective .
The openly gay Democratic senator, who earlier in his life was an active Mormon, has agreed to take missionary lessons from Sen. Howard Stephenson, R-Draper, who was so excited at the prospect of saving someone that he has promised not to bash liberals and RINOs and focus only on gospel stuff.
And if you believe anything I have written in this column, double-check today's date.