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Guns and politicians: A poor mixPosted Thursday, April 3, 2008, at 10:19 PM
Guns and politicians don't mix well -- especially in Tennessee.
Back-and-forth voting Wednesday on rather to keep records available of individuals holding handgun carry permits ended up with a key Democratic leader abruptly adding a new member to a key subcommittee. Rep. Jimmy Naifeh, who as House speaker can vote on any subcommittee, then joined his new appointee as the committee voted to keep records open.
Meanwhile, a state Republican leader has requested a list of all permit holders in the state while criticizing Democrats for keeping those holders' names available.
And one bill shot down this week would have allowed permit holders to carry guns into restaurants and bars -- as long as they didn't drink.
At least someone took a stand on something.
Larry Daughtrey had an excellent column in The Tennessean last Sunday, pointing out how many bills are put on hold so representatives won't have to take a stand and upset voters. That's ridiculous, but a political fact of life.
Curt Cobb and Jim Tracy are doing good jobs in Nashville for us. But I'm not so sure about some of the other representatives and senators who have been entrenched in the Capitol for years and seem to cater primarily to everyone but the public.
Maybe some other parts of Tennessee need to clean House -- and Senate, too.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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