Tennessee doesn’t want its people having healthcare, but it has no problem with them having access to guns: the Tennessee State House passed bill on Monday that would allow guns in parks.
And they passed it on the Monday before an NRA convention, without any debate or questions. It was even fast tracked, so it could take effect before the convention, rather than the usual July 1 date.
What’s more, this law strips away local gun control in cities.
So, for those keeping tab — it passed quickly, goes into effect near immediately, and strips municipalities of their right to enforce ordinances.
This law is the antithesis of everything the Republicans have every claimed. It’s big government, but it’s also efficient government. No lag, no wait times, nothing. It’s amazing how fast government can work for you when you’ve got the same deep pockets that the gun lobby has, isn’t it?
And it passed without debate, so it was basically crammed down the throat of the legislature.
Yet, a bill granting hundreds of thousands health insurance can’t even get out of a senate committee.
The House Speaker, Beth Harwell, told the Tennessean that, “I didn’t necessarily have a problem with the bill, but you have to listen to the will of the people who sent you, and my district doesn’t want it.”
Which is why she didn’t vote against it.
It’s unlikely the Senate is going to reject the bill.
I should mention one more time: this bill was fast tracked. It will be implemented near immediately, and it strips municipalities of their gun control ordinances.
But the Senate can not get a health insurance bill that would insure hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans out of a committee, because of fears of government overreach and Obamacare.
Governor Haslam, who looks surprisingly moderate and rational for a Republican by this point in history, indicated that he would probably veto the bill if it passes the Senate. It won’t matter, because the veto will be overturned, but it positions Haslam as a rational Republican — a very rare beast indeed — nevertheless.
The NRA commanded, and state lawmakers jumped to do their bidding. That’s the only way to explain the same legislature that threw more than 200,000 Tennesseans under the bus leaping to the benefit of the 75,000 conventioneers who want to be a threat to public safety and carry firearms around in parks paid for by taxpayers.
Are we a democracy? Sure, if you say so.
You can watch the video below of an Open Carry clown in park posted by the gun-safety group, Moms Demand Action. Tennesseans can look forward to a lot more of this.
Gun extremists + playgrounds = unnecessary risk for our children. NRA-backed lawmakers are trying to strip cities’ choice to ban guns in parks. For example, see Tennessee: http://every.tw/1yGh8tI
Posted by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America on Thursday, April 2, 2015