Mark Rogers makes a good point. Hospital administrations aren't exactly bastions of good intentions.
I don't understand your point. Thieves prefer to work in safer environments just like everyone from nuclear engineers to taxi drivers. Just because a thief might be able to steal a gun that's locked in a car doesn't change the fact that the thief now has to work in an environment where the probability that they might face dangerous resistance has increased.
Moreover, how are thieves going to pick out the cars with guns in them? I mean, the NRA stickers are probably a give-away, but a thief already thinks that laws are just there to make the sheep feel safer, and anyone that questions their wisdom, say an NRA-sticker toting gun enthusiast, is probably more likely to go ahead and keep a gun on their person in spite of what the law might say. And if such a person is already so concerned about security that they're openly advertising and trying to get other people to carry guns too, they're probably more likely to have some measure of security on their car past what the Prius sporting a Coexist sticker is likely to have.
Maybe thieves don't think like that, I don't know, but at the very least, it doesn't seem immediately obvious that thieves would throw caution to the wind and simply start looking for guns first when pilfering vehicles instead of trying to find a safer environment in which to practice their trade.
"According to the NRA, parking lots are hell holes where we are all destined to die. In a letter last year to legislative leaders, the NRA painted a terrifying post-apocalyptic vision of parking lots with rogue bands of criminals running rampant."
I don't think there's any reason to be this snarky. Parking lots/garages are the fourth most common type of location for crimes to take place in Tennessee. 9% of all crime happened in parking lots/garages in 2011. That includes 26 murders, representing 7% of all murders in the state that year. Obviously, we can argue whether this represents enough of a threat to warrant Ramsey's legislation, but there's no call to dismiss the completely legitimate concern that people might have regarding their safety in parking lots. http://www.tbi.tn.gov/tn_crime_stats/publi…
As for whether Ramsey is an NRA puppet, maybe generally speaking, but that doesn't seem to be the case for this particular bill. Gun lobbyists claim they were not consulted on the bill http://www.bizjournals.com/nashville/morni… . And, though the bill is fresh and this might change in the future, the bill is currently pretty simple and doesn't seem to have anything too sneaky http://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/D… .
While privatization can always go sour, this seems to be set up pretty well.
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