Monday, July 13, 2009

Puzzled by New Gun Laws, British Look Curiously at Tennessee

Posted By on Mon, Jul 13, 2009 at 7:33 AM

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The BBC is so weirded out by our slew of new gun laws that they sent a correspondent to examine the earthlings of Tennessee to try to determine why we are so abnormal. Guns in pubs? That's daft! To hook listeners right away, the BBC goes for the surprise lede on the story:
Following a recent series of high-profile shooting incidents in the United States, the southern state of Tennessee is changing its gun laws this week. It is relaxing them.
Translation: To combat gun crimes, these goobers are making it easier to commit gun crimes! Sen. Doug Jackson, who must stayed holed up in his basement at home when the legislature's not in session, explained the mindset of American gun freaks to this guy from England:
"People are fearful about tomorrow. They feel insecure. And the Second Amendment right is something that they cherish and it's a means of protecting themselves and their family and defending what they have. It provides security in troubled times."

Nashville restaurateur Randy Rayburn, whose lawsuit against the guns-in-bars law is supposed to be heard in court this afternoon, gave the counter view: Of his customers, he says, "Yes they're scared, I'm scared, my wife is scared for our personal safety. ... We don't need vigilantism inside my business."

So what's the BBC's conclusion? It's simple: People with guns are afraid of everyone else and vice versa. Everyone in Tennessee is scared shitless all the time.

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