Friday, April 11, 2014

Open Carry Doomed Because of Memphis?

Posted By on Fri, Apr 11, 2014 at 5:30 AM

The fiasco over the proposed changes to open-carry has reached such heights that when I read this in the Memphis Flyer

McDaniel said he doubted that the bill would ever reach the floor for a House vote as the legislature steams toward a conclusion early next week. “It’ll never get out of House Finance," predicted McDaniel, who said emphatically that he was personally disinclined to vote for the measure.

“Hell, no!” said McDaniel, who said that, if the measure passed, “Every gang-banger in Memphis will end up packing. Can you imagine?”


—I had to check twice to make sure that it wasn't satire. But no, the Deputy Speaker of the House, Steve McDaniel, really said that he wasn't going to vote for open carry because of gang-bangers in Memphis.

I'm so confused by the boogeymen of gang-bangers in Memphis. They're hauled out to terrify the rest of the state whenever we need a scapegoat to play the worst of our fears. But, if they're the baddest of the bad this state has to offer, aren't they probably already openly carrying guns? Or are they mostly really bad, but they've chosen a few gun laws to respect and those they'll honor or die trying? And what about gang bangers in other cities? Is a Crip in Memphis always worse than a Crip in Nashville or Chattanooga? Is it just something about Memphis that makes the gang members worse? Like, oh, it's cool if Nashville gangs want to run around openly carrying, but, by god, someone has to stop that from happening in Memphis or all hell will break loose.

So, assuming the gang bangers are already packing, what's the real problem here? That law-abiding Memphis people will carry guns? Is there something McDaniel finds disturbing about the people of Memphis carrying guns to protect them from gang bangers? Isn't that why everyone else wants to carry guns? To protect them from bad guys? What makes the people of Memphis so unique that the thought of them being able to go around openly carrying is ludicrous to McDaniel?

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