Thursday, June 15, 2017

What's that you say, Matt Lauer?

Today on Today, Matt Lauer, in a conversation with Texas Rep. Roger Williams and Zack Barth, his legislative correspondent, said*,

"Think what would have happened had that gunman not been opposed by those first two officers during those first three minutes before the Alexandria Police got there."
Well, Matt, that's essentially what we armed self defense advocates have been saying all along. You know, when seconds count, the police are just minutes away.

But our duly elected representatives in Washington are forcibly disarmed each day when they go to work. You see, they, like you, Matt Lauer, work in a "Gun Free Zone". This ball practice session was early in the morning before work. Had any of the congressmen been armed there (in Virginia), they would have had to go back home and disarm before going on to do the people's business.

Fortunately the whip, Rep. Scalise, had a security detail due to his position in the House of Representatives. They were able to return fire and take the perp out.

So, Matt Lauer, it's time to get on board with HR. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. This would allow average Joe Citizens as well as congresspersons to carry a defensive firearm in the District of Columbia, provided they may legally carry back home.

When it comes to these massacres, the carnage is mitigated when someone with a gun returns fires. If that is a person already on the scene, whether police or private citizen, more lives are saved.
*Lauer's statement is about five minutes in, near the end of the interview.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Gun bill signed by Haslam

Haslam signs bill requiring additional security where governments ban guns says the headline in the Knoxville News Sentinel.

There are some good features in the bill*, but it also expands some gun-ban zones. You might think that it fixes some of the problems with the Guns in Parks bill. But. . .it still does not address this issue:

If you are going to an event such as a fair in a high-crime area of a city, and that event is posted, you still must disarm yourself to walk from your car to the "secure" venue. 

Another gun-ban zone, the VA in Knoville
Meanwhile big-city mayors, governors, and others of our betters still get armed security on your dime.

*This appears to be the final version that became law, but don't bet the farm on it.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

What's wrong with campus carry for Tennessee adjunct faculty?

Last Tuesday, March 7, I had the opportunity to be on a panel with John Becker of WBIR-TV of Knoxville, and Don Bosch, a Knoxville attorney. The subject was a bill in the Tennessee Legislature which would extend handgun carry "privileges" to part-time employees in colleges and universities. I suggest you go watch the video HERE, then come back and read on. . .

Have you ever been in a situation where, after leaving, you have a head slapping moment, and you say to yourself, "I should have said _____!" Well, that didn't exactly happen here, but in order to present my point better next time there is an opportunity, I think it is a good idea to go back and analyze our discussion.

With that in mind, here is my analysis of that panel. Our conversation is color-coded, and I have included my observations [in green].

Becker - A big issue facing state lawmakers today is access to guns on college campuses. A new bill looks to expand guns on campuses allowing part-time employees to carry.* It came before a House subcommittee this afternoon and that bill is an extension of a law passed last year that allows full-time campus employees to carry guns. That became law without Governor Bill Haslam's signature.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Constitutional Carry is quite responsible

In a recent post, I commented on the editorial by a former managing editor at the Knoxville News-Sentinel. But I didn't stop there, I wrote a letter to the editor. But freedom of the press doesn't mean that that newspapers are required to print letters to the editor. So far, they haven't chosen to print my letter. Here it is:
February 16, 2017
Editor, News-Sentinel

The February 15 editorial by your former managing editor is long on hyperbole and short on facts. With the recent furor over what has been deemed “fake news”, an attempt should have been made to get the facts straight.

Here are some irrefutable facts to consider before coming to a conclusion on this subject-

1. In spite of his misgivings about demonstrating proficiency on a firing range, Tennesseans are legally carrying guns in their cars without training or permits every day, no problem. Tennessee recognizes permits from all states, including Georgia, which has no required training. Has that been a problem, other than in the imagination of newspaper columnists and liberal Democrat politicians?

2. A total of thirty states authorize Constitutional Open Carry. This means that folks in all those states carry without state mandated training. Where are all the resultant gunfights?

3. Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming do not require a permit to carry a handgun openly or concealed. No blood running in the streets. Are we Tennesseans just knuckle dragging hillbillies that can’t be likewise trusted?

4. Many Tennesseans, including many elderly urban residents simply cannot afford the high permitting cost on top of the price of an inexpensive handgun. This makes them defenseless whenever they step out of the house. Don’t their lives matter?

The writer’s false narrative vilifies Constitutional Carry. He attempts to equate it with yelling fire in a crowded theater. The difference is that the first is a benign act, the second is unconscionable, unless there actually is a fire.

Check the five core principles of journalism from the Ethical Journalism Network. The first, Truth and Accuracy, begins with, “Journalists cannot always guarantee ‘truth’, but getting the facts right is the cardinal principle of journalism.”


Liston Matthews
Knoxville, TN

Edit, with thanks to Dan Meredith. Sorry, I can't control the volume.

Also, see Richard Archie's column HERE.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

New Hampshire permitless carry

In recent news, New Hampshire passed permitless carry, aka Constitutional Carry.

Strange those New Englanders, now including Maine and Vermont (since forever) can be trusted to carry a defensive firearm without first getting a permission slip from their master, the State! But many Tennessee leaders continue to deny this natural right, this God given right to citizens.

Here is the skinny on the NH law-

III.  The availability of a license to carry a loaded pistol or revolver under this section or under any other provision of law shall not be construed to impose a prohibition on the unlicensed transport or carry of a firearm in a vehicle, or on or about one’s person, whether openly or concealed, loaded or unloaded, by a resident, nonresident, or alien if that individual is not otherwise prohibited by statute from possessing a firearm in the state of New Hampshire.

So, now we hillbillies can go vacation in New Hampshire and carry without a permit, but not here at home.

What do you think? What does shall not be infringed mean?

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Tennessee Constitutional Carry Bill, 2017

Or, will the sky fall if this bill passes?

This Constitutional Carry bill should pass with little debate in the Tennessee Legislature, and be quickly signed by the governor as he said he would. But, pundits such as Frank Cagle of the Knoxville News-Sentinel will hide behind the First Amendment while taking potshots at this Second Amendment restoration bill. Cagle, in his February 15th diatribe,* is correct in the second sentence of his piece, where he speaks about Second Amendment advocacy groups,
You can't declare victory and go home.
Certainly, we on the right have made the mistake of staying/going home all too often, with the result that the left has taken us too far down the road of socialism/statism. Yes, Virginia, er Mr. Cagle, you got your 1968 Gun Control Act. You got your Brady Background Check. You've got the Veterans' Administration and Social Security Administration reporting individuals to the instant check system (as prohibited persons), without due process.

None of the above accomplished the alleged objective of reducing crime.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Wanna pack heat in Farragut Town Hall?

Farragut Town Hall
Currently, under Tennessee law, a person may carry a firearm in a vehicle without a handgun carry permit. Upon exiting the car, a permit is required.

Generally, with a permit, entry into non-posted locations is legal in the state. Many government buildings, however, are posted. Among those is Farragut Town Hall and the library at Founders Park at Campbell Station. So if you have a permit, the law disarms you, and prevents you from providing for your own defense effectively!

When HB0363 bill was introduced in the Tennessee House by Rep. Jason Zachary at the beginning of February, I thought, "It's a good bill."

But unless a companion bill is introduced in the Tennessee Senate, it is DOA.

Tennessee, like the U.S. Congress and most states, has a bicameral legislative body. This means a bill has to pass both house and senate before it can go to the governor for signature.

This week, February 8, Senate Bill 0653 was filed for introduction in the Senate, so now it is a real bill.

The bill, if passed, would require governmental entities to either remove their posting signs; or ante up the money and provide (some semblance) of security for those taxpayer owned facilities.

One amendment I would like to see added: where there are security checkpoints, citizens should be able to check their guns at the door.