Just when it appeared that the NRA thought no place was off limits to guns, the ammosexuals have one location off limits to guns. The NRA wants guns in churches, elementary schools, bars, libraries, state capitols—you name it, they want it. Where doesn’t Wayne LaPierre’s bunch want guns? The 144th NRA convention!
Located in Nashville (TN) this coming weekend, the annual meeting is expected to have 70,000 people and nine acres—count them, nine acres!—of guns exhibited by 555 people showing off Smith & Wessons, Berettas, Remingtons, etc. The NRA leadership understands how crazy their constituents are: they ordered that exhibitors remove the firing pins from all their guns in these nine acres. But whatever happened to the idea that guns are vital for safety? Somebody could show up on the nine acres with an operational gun and take out all those people standing next to guns with no firing pins.
The same people who fight every background check in the nation directed guns sold during the convention to be picked up at a Federal Firearms License dealer, probably near the buyer’s home. Sales—ready for this?—require a legal identification. This from the group terrified that any background check or identification for gun sales will result in a federal list of gun owners. Whatever happened to the idea that guns are vital for safety? Who will stop the bad guy? And with all those guns being tossed around, how can security identify the “bad guy”?
The NRA is banning guns at its concert to protect country music artist Alan Jackson and comedian Jeff Foxworthy. The rest of the people are expendable, including most of the GOP wannabe presidential candidates: Bobby Jindal, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Mike Pence (who will wish in vain after the Indiana fiasco), Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Lindsey Graham, Sarah Palin, and Donald Trump. Only Chris Christie and already-declared Rand Paul won’t be there because, as the NRA explained, they couldn’t invite everyone. A disaster could eliminate 85 percent of the 2016 GOP presidential field.
Excited about 70,000 people with guns—some of them without firing pins—descending on their fair city with lots of money, Tennessee legislators decided to pass some laws as a payback. One attempted gift was to repeal a 2009 state law allowing local officials to ban guns in parks. (State legislatures that demand states’ rights always want the rights to stay at the state level and not let municipalities benefit from the philosophy of local rule.) The bill did allow local parks to leave up their “no guns allowed” signs. Gun toters could carry guns—with or without pins—into parks while the signs banning guns there could stay. State Rep. Mike Harrison (R) thought the measure would be hospitable to people who come to Nashville for the NRA convention this week.
The bill hit a bad snag in the state senate after Sen. Jeff Yarbro (D) introduced an amendment permitting guns to be legally carried in the state capitol. The Senate passed the measure with that amendment, but the House rejected it, tossing the bill with the amendment back into the Senate. It’s a serious case of “not in my backyard” syndrome. The legislature wanted to have the bill operational as a law for the upcoming weekend, but Gov. Bill Haslam (R) may not rush to sign it even if it gets passed: he wasn’t invited to speak at the NRA convention.
Not everyone is bending over backward for the NRA convention. Haslam also told eight highway patrol officers that they couldn’t provide security for the event in their off hours because the use of their patrol cars would cost too much. Off-duty Nashville officers are getting paid about $200,000 for the security.
Haslam did sign a bill allowing workers to sue employers if they are fired for storing guns in cars parked on company lots, despite their employers’ wishes. The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce had opposed the bill.
Ammosexuals have taken to openly carrying military-style firearms near schools, causing terror within the school and excessive expenditures in calling the police to see if this is a “bad guy.” Leonard Embody, known as the “Radnor Lake Rambo,” prone to passing his personal message about the Second Amendment, upset his community when he walked around with AR-15’s and swords. State officials showed a modicum of sanity in 2013 when they revoked his carry permit and deemed him a “material likelihood of risk of harm to the public.” (He did keep his Federal Firearms License, allowing him to sell fully automatic weapons; he just can’t carry real guns.)
In an attempt to solve the problem but keep the NRA happy, the legislature passed a law banning “an explosive weapon, permanently disabled firearm, hoax device, imitation firearm, machete, or sword” within 150 feet of a school. State House GOP spokesman Cade Cothren assured people that real guns don’t fall under the definition of “explosive weapon.” He also claimed that the schools were protected by the federal “Guns Free School Zones” act, making it illegal for anyone who doesn’t have a permit from taking a gun within 1,000 feet of a school. People with permits, however have no restriction on how close they can get to schools with firearms. Harrison said that the law will stop the Embody’s demonstrations. It just doesn’t stop people carrying real guns near schools.
The people who will attend the gun-free concert and shop for guns with no firing pins as mandated by the NRA are the same people who believe that the Second Amendment allows open carry everywhere. That includes restaurants and outside schools where they terrify people. They’re the same people who protest and threaten boycotts when they’re asked to leave their AR-15’s in their vehicles.
The NRA has banned guns at its earlier conventions. Last year in Indianapolis, they couldn’t carry in Lucas Oil Stadium, and Charlotte (NC) restricted concealed carry at the entire 2010 convention. NRA member Dan Utz, who says that he tries to never go anyplace where he can’t carry his gun now says that he may have to break his rule. He did grumble, however:
“I paid for the tickets and they’re non-refundable, so I will probably go. Had I known before, I can’t say for sure that I wouldn’t have, but I would have strongly considered not [going].”
Utz is most likely not staying at the Courtyard Marriott or Sheraton; both Nashville hotels ban guns, even with permits.
Here are some other places displaying gun sense:
- Washington: Last November, state voters approved an expanded background checks initiative, and the legislature passed another measure to begin protecting women from domestic violence.
- Oregon: Senate Bill 941, requiring expanded background checks among gun buyers, passed a Senate committee and moved to the floor for a vote.
- Arizona: Four dangerous, NRA-backed billed died in the Arizona state legislature. Among them was one bill that would have let people carry concealed, loaded guns into government buildings and public sporting events, and another one which would have unconstitutionally nullified federal gun laws as they apply to Arizona.
- Iowa: The Iowa Senate rejected an omnibus gun bill weakening the gun permitting process and eliminating background checks on private handgun sales.
- Virginia: Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed three gun bills, including two that would make it easier for individuals to carry concealed weapons in public.
- West Virginia: Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed a bill eliminating the permit requirement for concealed carry and any mandated gun safety training courses.
- Montana: Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock bills that would allow almost any adult to carry a concealed weapon in Montana without a permit and that would stop Montana officials from enforcing federal laws on gun magazine ownership.
- North Dakota: The state defeated a House measure that would allow concealed-carry permit holders to take guns to schools.
- Michigan: Ann Arbor Public Schools has pledged to ban all guns from school property, even if the action prompts a lawsuit by open carry advocates.
Six states enacted new laws to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers in 2014, and another dozen states are considering similar legislation this year.
Customers at a new “gun store” on the Lower East Side of New York City are changing their minds about buying guns. As they shop, clerks tell them about all the people that the type of firearm has killed—a nine-month-old killed by his five-year-old brother, the 20 children at Sandy Hook killed by Adam Lanza, a gun instructor killed by his nine-year-old student, 12 people in an Aurora (CO) theater killed by James Holmes, etc. One woman said, “My opinion has definitely changed. I don’t feel safe with a gun.”
If the NRA doesn’t want guns at its convention and the legislature doesn’t want guns in their chambers, it’s probably a good idea for everyone else.