Saturday, January 12, 2013

Gun nuttery has its consequences

Posted By on Sat, Jan 12, 2013 at 6:24 AM

Happy news from Tennessee, via Talking Points Memo, a state that doesn't offer much good political news:

The state of Tennessee has suspended the handgun carry permit of James Yeager, CEO of Tactical Response, who recently said he would "start killing people" should President Obama take executive action on gun control.

State officials explained they revoked the permit because of Yeager's "material likelihood of risk of harm to the public," according to a local TV station. Tactical Response is a Tennessee-based company that specializes in firearms and tactical training.

On a related note: Little Rock police and the prosecuting attorney's office tell me they still have under review the inadvertent potshotting of a car in a Chenal Parkway shopping center parking lot when a self-deputized concealed carry permittee opened fire on a moving vehicle he believed involved in a robbery on the parking lot outside a bank and busy grocery store. Apart from the question of whether a criminal statute was violated, a question remains whether the permit holder's use of a weapon in a manner not considered good practice by even police officers could be construed as a case in which "public health, safety and welfare" justified a summary suspension. That could be followed by an administrative hearing.

And on yet another related note: Gun sales are soaring as the nuts and manufacturers whip up a hysterical frenzy over the potential that the latest gun slaughter might encourage some sensible safety steps.

Could we agree that allowing a vast unregulated commerce in private sales but imposing background checks on retailers makes no sense? Could we agree that expanded ammo magazines are not vital to deer hunting or home security, certainly when weighed against their potential for slaughter?

Sigh. As long as the NRA and Wayne LaPierre and Asa Hutchinson are running Congress, probably not.

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