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You may recall that earlier this month, state Sen. Mae Beavers took home the top spot in our weekly Kook Power Rankings
for her bold attempt to circumvent federal oversight of Tennessee-made guns. Wrote we:
1. Sen. Mae Beavers: The good senator has played the ultimate trump card in the Tennessee legislature's reality TV show, "I'm Way More 2nd Amendment Than You Are." She's proposed the Tennessee Firearms Freedom Act, which grandly exempts guns made in Tennessee from federal regulation. Unfortunately, the guys she's trying to regulate -- that would be the feds -- think Mae Beavers is a stripper who had a brief but successful career in rural Oregon during the early 1970s. We're not sure this is going to work.
Now it seems that Beavers wasn't happy with her top ranking, nor our sense of jocularity in rendering the honor. Some of our readers didn't think it was all that funny either. ("Misogynistic and vile," wrote RedHatRob.)
So this week, we received a letter from her attorney, one Ernest Williams of Franklin, declaring that said item was "extremely libelous." He's also demanding a "written apology" and "printed retraction." Says Williams, "Senator Beavers has never been a stripper and has never even been in the state of Oregon."
Sorry, Mrs. Beavers.
There are, however, mountains of evidence implying that she remains a huge kook. After reading her Tennessee Firearms Freedom Act, we're pretty sure the feds agree with us on this point. But you'd really have to ask them.