We Could All Use a Second Look

25 08 2009
From: CTV, 2009

From: CTV, 2009

“I stand upon my desk to remind myself that we must constantly look at things in a different way. “

– From the film Dead Poets Society

Tennessee Set to Relax Gun Laws

13 07 2009
From: BBC, 2009

From: BBC, 2009

Yes, you read that correctly. The state of Tennessee is hoping to relax it’s gun laws this week by allowing concealed weapons into restaurants and bars. The law will require that anyone bringing weapons into such an establishment not drink alcohol, but people drink and drive don’t they? Will everyone be patted down at the door and then stamped to ensure they are not sold any shots? I doubt that. Additionally, Tennessee residents will be allowed to carry their weapons on school grounds and in public parks. Guns in the land where children play. The state currently has about 250 000 registered gun owners and about 130 000 of those have concealed weapons permits. I find gun control in the United States seriously lacking already. To me, the mix of guns and alcohol cannot be a good thing. Could bar fights turn into bar homicides? Weapons provide a sense of false security. Your gun isn’t for protection, your gun is made to kill. Here are some scary quotes:

”I had a case like that up in Gallatin,” said Harris, a Nashville lawyer. ”This kid had a handgun carry permit and was coming back from the range and didn’t unload his rifle. He got stopped for an unrelated issue. The rifle was quite visible and the officer asked to check it. This kid said yes, and all of a sudden something as innocuous as transporting the rifle from point A to point B becomes a criminal offense.”

The words ‘kid’ and ‘gun’ should definitely not be found together. 

When prompted by the statement that guns are made specifically to kill, Niki Goeser Responds: 

My answer to that is: ‘yes a gun can kill, but in the correct hands, it can be used to save innocent lives’. I don’t care so much about a bad guy’s life. I’m sorry, I don’t. They make the choice to be evil, that’s their choice. If they choose that, and I am armed I know what I’m doing, I will try to stop them.”

That’s pretty black and white Niki. What about the right to life? What about rehabilitation? There is a reason that the death penalty is illegal in most states as well as in most countries.

The original article: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8145541.stm

And another: http://www.thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?p=1288323