There’s just no mincing words here: The Tennessee Firearms Assn.’s John Harris is batshit insane:
In an email sent to Tennessee Firearms Association members, TFA executive director and political pariah John Harris turns his ire on House Republican Caucus Chairwoman Debra Maggart, calling for her political crucifixion. Maggart, he writes, “has been identified by TFA and we understand other grassroots organizations as the symbolic figure of a Republican legislative leadership that has trampled on the 2nd Amendment rights of citizens.”
“Symbolically,” he writes, taking care to couch his comments with buffers so he can he defend them as harmless metaphors later, “it is time to display a used crucifix at the entrance to the General Assembly as a warning.”
This is all remarkably unsurprising coming from Harris, who has spent the session wetting his political bed with hyperbolic rhetoric and by being himself in public forums. Luckily, Republican leadership on the Hill long ago stopped listening to him.
Yes, a “used crucifix.” Of course. Used for what? One can only imagine.
Basically the gun loons overreached this time with their guns-in-parking-lots bill, which pits the gun fetish folks against the property rights fetish folks. Republicans in disarray! Constitutional crisis!
There’s not much more to say to this than what Steven Hale pointed out, which is: you’d think a gun lobbyist trying to arm every redneck in the state might want to avoid looking like the stereotypical gun loon those of us supporting sensible gun laws have been warning about. Aaaand you’d be wrong.
It’s also grab-the-popcorn time for those of us on the left. How anyone can seriously claim that the Republican leadership has “trampled on the 2nd Amendment rights of citizens” in light of guns-in-bars, guns-in-parks, etc. is just mind-boggling.
It was only a matter of time before the unhinged fringe turned on their own. I don’t condone this violent rhetoric aimed at Maggart or anyone else, for that matter. But Jesus, people. What the hell did you expect? You empowered these crazies for years, coddled them, told them how important they were. You fed this beast and now you think you can just turn your back on them? They’re not going to be ignored!