Friday, September 14, 2012

Defiant Harwell Flips Off Gun Freaks

Posted By on Fri, Sep 14, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Tennessee Firearms Association John Harris poses with one of his beloved guns.
  • Tennessee Firearms Association's John Harris poses with one of his beloved guns.
A hilarious update today at Tennessee Report on the nasty feud between House Speaker Beth Harwell and the Tennessee Firearms Association: Harwell tells Andrea Zelinski the guns-in-lots bill still isn't a top House priority, and the TFA's John Harris counters with new threats against the first-born children of all Republicans who dare to defy him.

“If we learned anything from last session, we learned that everyone needs to sit down at the table and work together,” Harwell says. “No one can bully. Neither side can push down their agenda at the cost of other agendas and other people’s interests."

Sorry, what? We seem to recall one side in this fight is pretty good at bullying. With the NRA dumping unheard-of sums of cash into her opponent's campaign, Harwell's No. 3, Rep. Debra Maggart, was trounced in her own party primary on Aug. 2 — a little history that Harris vows will repeat itself unless Harwell knuckles under.

“If their perception is we don’t need to have another 2012 with all this bloodletting, that maybe the NRA and TFA will sit in the corner like we tell them to, that’s an unrealistic expectation to have,” Harris says.

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