Thursday, August 6, 2009

Metro Council Votes to Ban Guns in City Parks

Posted By on Thu, Aug 6, 2009 at 7:08 PM

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The Metro Council has just voted 20-14 to ban guns in city parks and playgrounds. Tonight's vote was the second reading, which is the one that matters. The third reading is usually perfunctory.

Council members, including Eric Crafton and Jim Gotto, made the same tired arguments during the debate. All those courageous, highly trained Quick Draw McGraws out there with state handgun carry permits will make our parks safer.

"Handgun carry permit holders are not gunslingers," said Phil Claiborne. "They are not vigilantes. These are the people who are basically the cream of the crop."

We guess they weren't paying attention when the Violence Policy Center, a gun control advocacy group, reported this spring that concealed handgun permit holders have killed at least seven police officers and 44 private citizens in 31 shootings over roughly the past two years. In Tennessee this year alone, they have killed four people. That includes the motorist outside Memphis who grabbed his pistol and shot another man in a fit of road rage during an argument over how close their SUVs were parked.

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