Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Guns In Bars: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Way to go, Tennessee legislature! The guns-in-bars bill has cleared another hurdle.

I’m going to feel so much safer dining out in Tennessee establishments ... not. This is the part that I love the best:
"This has nothing to do with guns and bars, this has to do with individuals rights to protect themselves," said State Rep. Curry Todd.

Right. And the only way to do that is with guns. You know what they say, when all you have is a gun, everything looks like a target.

So thanks a lot, Curry Todd. I can’t see this ending any way but badly. You and your colleagues in the Tennessee legislature will surely have blood on your hands.

I love how these wingnuts are the hero of their own inner movie. Everyone gets to be Bruce Willis and come in to save the day. No stray bullets are ever fired, innocent people are protected, and good always triumphs over evil. Roll credits.

I find this terribly ironic, too: the state House also passed a bill that would make the names of people issued handgun carry permits secret. Why? Because

NewsChannel5 Chief Investigative reporter Phil Williams discovered gun permits had been given to convicted felons in the past.

Think one has something to do with the other? The media learns that gun laws are being broken and the Tennessee legislature’s response is to make gun records secret. Brilliant.

Gun nuts love to say that if guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns. I actually don’t see why that’s a problem. It would certainly make it a lot easier to determine who the criminals are. If someone is walking around with a gun, and they aren’t a policeman, then they’re a criminal. Lock ‘em up.