continue their push for stiffer penalties against adult gun owners who leave loaded firearms within reach of young children.The reporter rightly uses (give him creds) the phrase "gun control advocates" in the first line of the story. He goes on to quote Beth Joslin Roth, of the "Safe Tennessee Project", who is, in this case, advocating so-called safe storage laws.
Is this necessary?
Because, further in the story, it is revealed that-
Tennessee prosecutors still have discretion in holding adult gun owners accountable in such cases. In May, Kelly Pittman was indicted by a Hamilton County grand jury on charges of criminally negligent homicide and child neglect in the death of her 3-year-old son, Gavin Pittman, who accidentally shot himself in the head after finding a loaded pistol in the unlocked glove box of the family minivan.How much more can you punish a parent who is either habitually negligent, or on one occassion made a bad decision?
The reporter only sourced one side of the argument, failing to ask either the Tennessee Firearms Association or the NRA (take back those creds) for input.
Yes, it is wise to keep unused firearms out of the reach of unauthorized persons. It is also wise to wear seat belts, keep household chemicals out of reach, and avoid leaving little ones unattended in bathtubs.
Now, about the "Safe Tennessee Project", they state on their web site,
- We support the second amendment.
- We do not advocate confiscating guns.
- We do not advocate taking guns away from law abiding citizens.
Then they go on with the classic "buts". Here are some of the things they advocate, in addition to their "Lock Up Your Safety" proposals:
- Expanding background checks to cover all gun sales.
- Preventing those on terrorist watch lists from being able to legally purchase firearms.
- An “assault weapons ban” that would prevent the commercial sale of high capacity semi-automatic tactical rifles designed specifically for military purposes.
Looking at those in order, background checks do little to curb crime, escpecially when the sitting president pardons those who are in prison for "gun crime". In Washington State, a person cannot hand a gun to another person, without first having a background check done. Are they advocating that in Tennessee?
Concerning the Terrorist Watch List, do they really want to prevent Dr. Patrick Hackett from purchasing a gun, just because he shares a name with a bad guy? What about due process?
They obviously don't understand our nation's history very well either. After all, the Second Amendment (which they ostensibly support), was all about a citizenry being armed on par with the standing army. That meant a muzzle-loading musket in the eighteenth century. In the twenty-first century, it means a modern full-auto rifle without a magazine capacity limitation. Although we basically lost that with the 1934 National Firearms Act.
How do they propose to enforce an "assault weapons ban", if not by taking them away from law-abiding citizens.
Oh! Silly Me!
I get it. They can pass laws that make these legal firearms illegal, thus turning the law-abiding into instant felons.
But, what army would they send to confiscate them? What sort of conflagration would they ignite?
As I wrote in a column at Ammoland,
Let those who would deprive Americans of their birthright as an armed warrior nation take a warning from Tenche Coxe, and we who support the right to keep and bear arms continue to voice his words that, “The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.”