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Guns and politicians: A poor mix

Posted 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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Why shouldnt a carry permit holder be able to carry in, lets say chilis, or any other restaurant that serves alcohol? Its almost unheard of for a licensed carry permit holder to commit a gun crime, yet we have to take the blame for the criminals. The very criminals we try to protect ourselves and our families from.

Why should the public know who has a carry permit and who doesnt. I guess its ok so the robber can see whos houses to stay out of when he gets ready to conduct business. Makes his job alot easier.

-- Posted by greasemonkey on Thu, Apr 3, 2008, at 11:26 PM

No one in a bar should have a gun! Somehow that just doesn't sound like a good idea. If you're really concerned about your safety in a bar here's a novel idea.....GET OUT OF THE BAR! Usually it's much safer on the outside.

As for a registry that the public can look at to see who has gun permits and who doesn't, who cares? If the guy that broke in my house a couple weeks ago had known just exactly how close he came to not making it out of my house maybe he would've kept to the outside!

-- Posted by LauraSFT on Fri, Apr 4, 2008, at 7:30 AM

If the business in question is primarily a bar, I understand the concern to restrict guns, but Chilis, Bennigans, Red Lobster, Fridays, and Legends are primarily restaurants, who additionally serve alcohol. There is a difference, since you will bring your family to these restaurants and not a full-fledged bar.

MTSU has had a flurry of incidents regarding bomb threats, threats about guns and an armed robbery. I would bet those people responsible are NOT licensed guns owners.

Regarding open records of licensed owners, I have a problem with everyone knowing. I see it as a public shopping list for thieves to know who has firearms.

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Apr 4, 2008, at 9:11 AM

By the way, the issue of concealed weapons being allowed on campus by students is not what I was getting at, but I might consider faculty and administration being allowed as long as they are trained and register with both their school security and the town police.

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Apr 4, 2008, at 9:15 AM

I dont go to bars anymore, but why shouldnt I be allowed to carry my handgun in a responsible matter wherever I go. I think the main issue was for restaraunts that serve alcohol.

I dont fear for my safety, I just like to be prepared. I have never shot a person and I hope I never have to. The first weapon I would go to would be my cell phone to call 911.

-- Posted by greasemonkey on Fri, Apr 4, 2008, at 11:56 PM

This guy Naifeh needs to retire or be voted out. Either that, or get with the program. I believe more folks than just me are tired of being victims. And, nobody sane wants to whip out a gun and shoot up a bar if they think there may be other arms in the same place. And if they really are that nuts, hopefully another armed person will keep them from hurting anybody.

-- Posted by Tonto on Wed, Apr 9, 2008, at 4:01 PM

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.