It’s down to the nub tragic, evil and bad.
Following that fateful day when the Supreme Court in 2010 voted to let corporations and special interest groups spend unlimited funds on elections, power has not remained with the people but with the wealthy politicians who profit from the financial backing. The National Rifle Association is such a powerful source of influence. Yes, that decision was regrettable, and what happened in Tennessee on Monday is fallout from that 6-3 decision.
In Tennessee one can buy a gun and openly carry it if you’re 21.
I’d like to refer you to an open letter to Tennessee Governor Bill Lee in the New York Times by Margaret Renkl, one of a family of teachers. So we don’t get our hopes up, there’s an Associated Press story saying that Tennessee’s gun laws are likely to remain lax.
The Tennesseean reported that the a bill currently under consideration would allow anyone to carry a firearm such as a semi-automatic assault-style rifle down Broadway or outside the Capitol building. The proposed bill would also delete significant portions of the code that do things such as allow employers to ban handguns from company vehicles.
In a separate article from WKRN, at least 16 bills filed in the legislature would dramatically increase who would be able to own or operate a firearm in the state, including allowing teachers to carry on school grounds, allowing current permit holders to carry “long guns” like rifles in public, and allowing 18-year-olds to carry.
Does the current backing for gun law expansion also reflect castration anxiety?