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State of TN To Businesses: Republicans Only, Please

This doesn’t surprise me one bit:

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – More than half of the money a state agency has spent on Facebook ads targets supporters of Tennessee’s top Republican politicians, with none spent on Democrats.

The mission of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development is to attract businesses to the Volunteer State, as well as to let the community know what’s going on.

One of several marketing strategies involves paying for ads on Facebook.

What pops up in a user’s newsfeed may seem random, but Facebook can target users based on interests.

And if you “like” certain officeholders, there’s a good chance you’ll see updates from the TDECD Facebook page.

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development is a nonpartisan state agency, except they’ve paid more than $18,000 to target people who “like” Gov. Bill Haslam, Sen. Bob Corker or Sen. Lamar Alexander. Not a dime was spent on targeting fans of Democrats.

Well, sure. What have we been saying over here for the past month or so? Tennessee Republicans don’t want any more stinking liberals in this state. They don’t want to recruit those gay-loving, transgender-accepting, abortion-approving liberal businesses. They don’t want to be embarrassed by a scolding from lefty corporations when they try to pass gay-bashing, immigrant-hating, nativist legislation.

They sure don’t want lefty businesses meddling in their right-wing politics. That was obvious when Tennessee Republicans threatened to punish businesses that opposed their idiotic bathroom bill, yanking incentives for those who don’t agree with their paleolithic world view.

Jobs, schmobs!

The Tennessee Republican Party has become ideologically distilled, “becoming the stereotype more fully and grotesquely” as its only means of empowerment. This is simply another manifestation of that. This is what I’ve been saying for years: Tennessee is where the Republican Party has gone to die. And die they will, because they are out of step with the rest of the culture.

It’s okay, I get it. I really do. I’ve said all along that if liberals really want to change our state, we need to recruit more blue people to move here. Don’t boycott Tennessee, immigrate! I’m only half-joking; it’s not a new idea, and has only been marginally successful when employed elsewhere. But just count me as not surprised that someone in state government cooked up this idea. It makes a lot of sense. It’s obvious the legislature is tired of political meddling by our state’s employers. If only they could recruit ideologically like-minded employers, that would solve everything! I’m sure new Tennessee employer Beretta USA will support a smorgasbord of gun-friendly legislation, right? And then when those candy-assed liberals suggest things like McKayla’s Law or mandatory liability insurance for CCW holders or universal background checks, they can point to opposition from a major employer and slap it with a “job killer” label. Nice.

So yes, I get it. I just didn’t think they’d be so obvious about it:

So why would an agency that’s interested in developing businesses and creating jobs not cast a wide net to garner fans of all political parties?

The I-Team sat down with TDECD Commissioner Randy Boyd.

“Should politics be involved in a department that’s supposed to be apolitical?” asked reporter Alanna Autler.

“Politics is a pretty broad word,” Boyd said. “We have to work with the legislature and the legislature is always creating new legislation affecting things we do, and they are political. So in that sense, the politics of new laws and legislation do affect what our development and any department does.”

See, they’re not even denying it. They’re flat-out admitting it.

I’m dying to know which of our state legislators tasked Boyd with recruiting more conservative-friendly companies to Tennessee, though. You know he didn’t think this up all by himself.

Okay, I-Team. Get to work. I want to know who told Boyd to do this.

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Tennessee Gun Report

Sorry, I got busy again … here’s your latest round-up of gun loonery from across the state.

• April 29, 2016:

1- A 10-year-old Lebanon boy shot himself in the stomach when left alone at home with a firearm.

2- A man with a gunshot wound was found at the Memphis International Airport baggage claim. Weird.

3- A Nashville 10th grader brought a loaded gun to Hillsboro High School, which happens to be just down the street from me. Ugh.

• April 28, 2015:

1- A Murfreesboro Electric customer threatened to shoot up the utility’s office when his power was cut off.

2- These Parent of the Year Award nominees were arrested after they left a loaded gun under their sleeping one-year-old.

• April 27, 2016:

1- A Brighton woman asleep in bed with her infant was shot in the hip by a bullet fired from outside the home. A 19-year-old has been arrested:

The woman was shot with a rifle near the roadway in front of the home. The bullet entered into the bedroom where the victim was sleeping, traveled through the wall, through the mattress, and struck the victim in the hip.

Not even safe in your own bed, people.

2- A Mt. Juliet gun store was robbed twice in one week. It’s almost as if these places are a magnet for crime or something:

Chandler noted gun stores are popular targets for thieves. And while this particular store did have a surveillance system set up, he said there were some general things store owners (and home owners) can do to deter break-ins like this.

“Make sure the exterior of the property is lit up well, keep it cleaned up and this makes it difficult on the criminal,” he said. “Make access harder. Of course have good locks on the door and try to put up extra barriers, such as bars over glass entries.”

This is a no-brainer. These shouldn’t be suggestions, these should be mandatory requirements for anyone wanting a dealer’s license. Too many of these mom-and-pop “gun stores” operate out of someone’s garage in East Jesus, Tennessee, where the owner still thinks it’s 1950 and they’re selling to law-abiding citizens or whatever bullshit. No, pops. You’re fueling the iron pipeline. Get a clue.

• April 26, 2016:

A Muslim gun lover took pictures of racist and Islamophobic merchandise sold at a Memphis gun show:

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The gun show producer “had no comment.”

• April 25, 2016:

An argument over a rap song at a Goodlettsville recording studio ended predictably. Armed/polite society, y’all.

• April 24, 2016:

It was only a matter of time before Nashville had its own mass shooting. This one happened at downtown Nashville’s bus station and injured four people. The incident occurred in the middle of the day as the bus station was filled with kids coming home from school (all Metro school students receive free public transportation). Members of Tennessee’s legislature were also on the scene as they had just concluded business for the day.

I’m just shocked that none of our safest, most responsible citizens EVAH were on the scene to play the hero and apprehend the suspect. I mean, I thought that’s why we were tasking citizens with carrying everywhere, right? Come one, do your job!

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested.

• April 15, 2016:

An apparent prostitute accidentally shot herself outside an East Ridge motel. Now that’s bad for business.

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Guns On Campus FAIL

[UPDATE]:

Apparently the officer’s accidental discharge was caught on camera. H/T Larry in comments.

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Did you hear the one about the armed woman threat on the campus of the University of Central Florida yesterday?

The library was evacuated and there was a massive police response. Well, ha ha, funny story about that:

The threats turned out not to be true, and the only gun that went off was that of a police officer, who accidentally discharged the weapon.

The school’s police department tweeted: “We received a social media report of a gunwoman at library. We’re responding to scene, and library is evacuated.”

Hilarious. Some asshole decided to make things interesting during finals week by creating chaos over social media, and a campus police officer accidentally fired his or her gun, just to keep it real.

This seems relevant because campus-carry appears ready to become law in Tennessee, unless Gov. Haslam vetoes it, which I think is unlikely. So here we have an incident where trained law enforcement can’t respond to an armed person threat without accidentally firing a gun, but we’re expecting teachers and other staff of dubious training and skill levels to do better? This is gonna be fun. I mean, it’s worked so well in Utah, Texas, Idaho, etc. etc. etc.

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What The Hell Is Wrong With Rep. Courtney Rogers?

I’m asking because Tennessee State Rep. Courtney Rogers of the “faith, family, freedom” caucus gave a seriously unhinged rant on the House floor Monday night and I’m starting to wonder what’s wrong with her. It came long after the House decided to defund UT’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion and redirect the money toward “In God We Trust” stickers for police cruisers. I know, that’s pretty crazy in and of itself, it’s the kind of hippie-punching nonsense the idiots in our legislature waste time on every day. But near as I can tell, Rogers had nothing to say when debate over that actual legislation was going on. But long toward the end of the day when business was concluding, she offered this ridiculous rant on the topic.

Thank you, Madam Speaker. I know I’ve been visibly agitated on the House floor tonight, and for that I apologize, but I have an announcement from the Hawaiian caucus tonight.

You know, it’s not easy being a minority, I get it. But try being an endangered species. A Hawaiian in Tennessee. You know, my grandmother in Hawaii would go offer her lava rock offerings to the family god, the Aumakua. And then she would go to missionary school and pray to good lord Jesus because she didn’t want to offend all the gods, so she kinda missed the point. But that being said, missionary school taught servitude to minorities, and the Hawaiians had to fight for education, for English, for math, for science, and we got it.

And as I can see, here are minorities. They have it. If you want to help minorities then what I wanted to say here was yes, continue to shut down those specific diversity offers that waste dollars to teach us ways to somehow sexually abuse our bodies or tell us what not to believe. I would fight any office that would tell me I cannot pray to my family Aumakua, even though I don’t, or to the good lord Jesus. You know as much I would say no Christmas, no Buddha, No Allah, I don’t pray to any of those, but we have a thing called ideological freedom here in America.

If you want to help minorities then quit pushing this intellectual rubbish and start supporting those diversity offices that are recruiting the best, from light meat to dark meat, across the entire spectrum, and start pushing hard work and mental accuity. Those things bring about progress and success and equality. Mahalo.

What the hell is she smoking? Light meat to dark meat? Hawaiians in Tennessee are endangered? Minorities in Tennessee have everything they need so just shut up?

You can see her rant somewhere around the 2 hour and 58 minute mark here, during the announcements. What’s even more alarming is that she appears to be holding a piece of papers as she’s talking, so I wonder if she wrote this drivel down in advance.

Anyway, this is a whole new level of wackadoodle that I can’t even explain.

And yes, this is the same Courtney Rogers who wants to arm college students because of Kent State.

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One Weird Tip For Ending TN Legislative Lunacy

Rep. Susan Lynn has pulled her ridiculous “bathroom bill,” meaning it’s dead … for now:

“I have learned that our school districts are largely following what the bill says,” she said while inside her office at the Capitol on Monday. “I am still absolutely 100 percent in support of maintaining the privacy of all students. But I’m going to roll the bill over until next year so we can work on those issues.

Rep. Lynn is of course notorious for a whole string of questionable actions since she’s been in the legislature: distributing anti-Muslim videos to her colleagues, killing equal pay legislation, etc. She’s an embarrassment to the state of Tennessee.

While all of the threats of boycotts and hand-wringing and protesting and petitioning has been nice to see, there’s really only one way to stop this nonsense that has overtaken our legislature. Get rid of people like Susan Lynn.

As it happens, Lynn has a Democratic challenger. Her name is Trisha Farmer. Let’s send her some financial help and send a message that Lynn’s bathroom BS is not what the people of Middle Tennessee need.

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Tennessee Gun Report

While our legislature debates guns on college campuses and Beretta opens its Tennessee facility, we’re all pretty gun happy around here these days. However, there’s always plenty of bad news, too. Without further ado:

• April 15, 2016:

A Springfield man was using his gun to pistol-whip someone when it accidentally went off:

Police say that after the argument at the Stop One Market on N. Main St., somehow the two men made their way over to Travis Lane in the Sleepy Hollow subdivision MAP where the victim was pistol-whipped and the gun discharged. Police told Smokey Barn News that the discharge of the weapon may have been accidental.

• April 14, 2016:

1- Greeneville man shoots himself in the thigh cleaning his gun. Some guns just won’t get cleaned.

2- A Dyersburg man accidentally shot himself and then lied to police about it.

3- Shots were fired at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Memphis.

• April 8, 2016:

But wait, I thought more guns made us safer?

NASHVILLE, Tenn.– According to the gun safety advocacy group Safe Tennessee Project, Tennessee has already totaled as many accidental shootings this year as the state totaled in all of 2015.

It’s almost as if allowing guns everywhere wasn’t such a smart idea.

• April 7, 2016:

A man accidentally shot himself at a Memphis Walgreen’s.

• April 6, 2016:

East Nashville woman inside her home is struck by a stray bullet from outside.

• April 4, 2016:

A 19-year-old Franklin man pulled a gun on the occupants of another car on I-65 in a road rage incident.

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This Is Not About Us Ladies

[UPDATE]:

Welcome, Crooks & Liars! Please see my update to this post here.

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I’m sorry, I thought this whole bathroom nonsense was really about punishing transgendered people for having the nerve to not be like everyone else. Much to my surprise, I learn the Sir Galahads in the legislature are really just trying to protect the ladies. Awwww:

The bathroom — more specifically, the women’s restroom — is the one publicly sanctioned refuge for women, a sanctuary from harassment and abuse, a safe space, to employ that overused phrase. In all my conversations and in all the articles I’ve read on this issue, I haven’t heard anyone express the fear that a person who was born a woman and now identifies as a man will cause harm if he enters a men’s room.

But the fear that a person who was born a man and now presents as a woman will lurk behind the stalls to attack unsuspecting daughters is threaded throughout objections to the bathroom mandate.

“We’re in denial about most of the violence against women in our society, and this brings it to the surface,” Ladin observed. “If I am in a women’s room and see someone who looks like a guy, I’m taken aback. It doesn’t make sense, except for the fact that women everywhere are exposed to violence.”

Indeed, in Tennessee as elsewhere, it appears this really is just about protecting us ladies. Again: awwwwwww.

Yes, if I had a dollar for every time a man dressed up as a woman so he could gain access to the women’s bathroom to harass me! You know, as opposed to just harassing me out in the open, which is where women are actually harassed on a daily basis. Seriously, guys? This is your argument? The “Tootsie” defense? Bullshit.

Why don’t we ask Republican House Rep. Jeremy Durham how often he dressed as a woman to harass his victims in bathrooms, instead of doing it the old-fashioned way? I’m going to guess the answer would be a big, fat never.

No, no. Your transphobia is your problem. You will not hide behind me on this one. This is not about me. It’s about you.

In my fifty-something years on this planet I’ve been to public restrooms all around the world. Oh yes, I’ve peed in big cities and small towns. I’ve used locker rooms at gyms and swimming pools in major metropolises and small rural burghs. I’ve peed in arenas and stadiums, libraries and museums, restaurants and bars, train stations, airports and shopping malls. I’ve showered at the Centennial SportsPlex in downtown Nashville and the fitness center at Lake Barkley State Resort Park in Cadiz, Kentucky. I’ve used pools and locker rooms in Los Angeles and Copenhagen and London and New York City. Good grief, y’all. In all my many experiences with public facilities in five decades on this planet, two things have never ever ever ever EVER happened:

1- I have never been harassed by a man dressed up as a woman;

2- I have never examined or in any other way even noticed another person’s genitalia, nor have I flashed my own. We go about our business with a certain amount of decorum in the facilities. We do not inspect other peoples’ business.

Have I shared a locker room or bathroom with a trans person? Maybe! Probably! I have no way of knowing. I’m not checking what’s under the towel.

I’m increasingly hearing this “we’re just thinking about you ladies” excuse and I find it incredibly offensive and condescending. If you guys really gave a shit about women and women’s safety you wouldn’t have blocked a paltry $2 million needed to address a backlog of thousands of untested rape kits two years ago.

No, no. This isn’t about us. It’s about you. Own it.

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Would Someone Help Republicans Find Their Way Out Of The Bathroom, Please

[UPDATE]:

From comments, Candy nails something that Mr. Beale and I have discussed at length:

And those companies who decide not to bring jobs to NC because of the bill…. well, that’s just good riddance to liberal businesses they didn’t want there to begin with.

This is exactly right. It’s a type of hippie-punching we see in the South, where our legislatures are dominated by rural right-wingers but our states’ economic drivers are in the liberal urban areas. I don’t think Rep. Susan Lynn or Sen. Mike Bell, both from the hinterlands, give one fat whoop over whether Google Fiber leaves Nashville or if conventions flee our Music City Center. They’d think we’re just getting what we deserve! They would be perfectly happy if every liberal left Nashville, Memphis, Chattanooga and Knoxville. They don’t care if our cities lose jobs, hell they applaud it.

These are not ordinary Republicans. They are radical ideologues, drunk on self-righteous indignation at liberal values. They are only too happy when Bruce Springsteen cancels his Greensboro concert and PayPal decides not to expand in Charlotte. This is what they want, after all.

They don’t feel the pain. For that, some Amazon.com fulfillment center in Murfreesboro (home to Sen. Bill Ketron) would have to close. VW would have to leave Chattanooga, and take all of their parts suppliers with them. The Gap distribution center in Gallatin would have to leave. The blowback would have to hit some of these job-strapped rural communities, the very places who elect the Fundiegelical Neanderthals to our legislature in the first place. Don’t punish Nashville, we’re not the ones who elected Susan Lynn to the state House!

But even then, would they change? Hell, no. They’d still blame liberals for “ramming our values down their throats,” even though it’s their own backwards over-reaction causing the pain. Why? Because there is no political solution to a psychological problem. Conservative ressentiment is a real thing. From that old chestnut by Julian Sanchez, gone from the internet but still surviving in the odd excerpt one can occasionally find on the blogosphere:

Even if conservatives retook power, they wouldn’t be able to provide a political solution to a psychological problem, assuming they’re not willing to go the Pol Pot route. At the same time, it signals a resignation to impotence on the cultural front where the real conflict lies. It effectively says: We cede to the bogeyman cultural elites the power of stereotypical definition, so becoming the stereotype more fully and grotesquely is our only means of empowerment.

Just let that thought sink in for a moment. Powerfully true, and unfolding before our very eyes.

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The last time Tennessee Republicans were worried about the state’s bathrooms, they had mistaken a mop sink for a Muslim-Sharia prayer thingie.

Now they’re back in the toilet with two ridiculous bathroom bills making their way through the state House and Senate:

Bathroom restriction bill: House Bill 2414/Senate Bill 2387

Sponsors: Sen. Mike Bell, R-Riceville, and Rep. Susan Lynn, R-Mt. Juliet

Purpose: This bill would restrict bathroom use in public schools and colleges based on the sex listed on one’s birth certificate. The state faces a $1 billion federal penalty for Title IX gender discrimination violation.

Status: This had been set aside to summer study but was revised by a House committee. It will next be considered by the Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday.

I haven’t read either the House of Senate version of these bills, and I probably should. The legislation was written to attack transgendered people, but it seems to me that it affects everyone. What about caregivers of the elderly and disabled, parents of small children, etc.? If you’re going to a game or sporting event at a public college and your wheelchair-bound parent, spouse, child, whatever needs to use the restroom, what do you do if you’re not the same gender? I think about this stuff because my mom was in a wheelchair for a few years before she died. She still went out and participated in community activities, and that meant using public restrooms in public places. Yes, I’ve changed adult diapers. What if it had been my dad? Which bathroom would we use? Or would we have had to shove the wheelchair in the bathroom and say, “you’re on your own, pops!”

Parents of young children deal with this issue all the time. Dads take their toddler girls into the men’s room, moms take their young boy children into the women’s restroom. Nobody has freaked out, near as I can tell. I see little boys in public restrooms with mom, I’ve managed to survive. What’s mom supposed to do with her 2-year-old now? Break the law?

What I don’t want is to be using the public bathroom and have someone with a full beard walk in, and not know if this is a man with a creepy bathroom fetish or some poor transgendered person forced to use the women’s restroom. What am I supposed to do, ask this person to drop trou so I can check under the hood? No thanks, Republicans. That’s waaay above my pay grade. This was a ridiculous “answer” to a non-existent “problem.”

So I don’t get how this is supposed to work. But I feel pretty confident that our governor is going to veto it, based on what’s happened to other states which have passed similar legislation. North Carolina’s governor didn’t veto that state’s bathroom bill, and now the NBA is moving the 2017 All Star Game out of the state.

And that’s not all:

Since Governor Pat McCrory signed HB2 into law last month, well over 1,000 jobs have been moved out of state, and over 100 companies, including Facebook, Apple and Stop Pack, have expressed concern or anger, warning they may move or cancel plans to expand, costing the state millions of dollars. In addition to that, by not hosting the 2017 NBA All-Star game, the state stands to lose even more. It is uncertain the exact figure, but in 2014, the All-Star game in New Orleans generated $106.1 Million and in 2015, New York generated approximately $195 million in economic activity.

On Sunday, Bruce Springsteen cancelled his concert in Greensboro because of North Carolina’s controversial new LGBT bill stating, “With deepest apologies to our dedicated fans in Greensboro, we have canceled our show scheduled for Sunday, April 10th. Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them. It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.”

In case you wondered, it seems bathroom bills targeting transgendered people are all the rage among Red State Republicans these days. Not just in Tennessee and North Carolina, but also in Florida, South Carolina, South Dakota, Michigan, Indiana, etc. If you’re wondering why the sudden interest in which bathroom people use, well, this is what happens when you outsource your legislating to interest groups like the Family Research Council.

And while I concede some of this may be a result of state actions clarifying guidelines on transgender issues, I think most of it stems from an increasingly panicked conservative movement, which has watched helplessly as religion continues to die as America’s dominant cultural force. I don’t for a second think anyone really cares which bathroom people use. I do think conservatives are reaching the bottom of the barrel, however. Their key issues used to be abortion and gay rights and prayer in public schools. These were the issues that kept the donations flowing and the mailing lists refreshed. But those issues have pretty much been decided already. Those battles are, for the most part, over. The number of issues which will keep Aunt Edna sending in her $10 check to the FRC, or keep Uncle Elmer voting Republican, or make for a tasty election-year soundbite are running thin. We’ve gone from the big stuff to the increasingly ridiculous. 10 Commandments statues at the courthouse? Umm, okay, maybe that’s important to someone. Or an increasingly small group of someones (personally, I could give a shit. If that floats your boat, no skin off my nose, but it doesn’t mean jack shit).

But now we’re talking who uses what bathroom? How is this not an example of desperation? Of a movement which has completely run out of ideas?

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Tennessee Gun Report

I’m trying to get better about posting these once a week. Lots of juicy Gunfail this week, including one item from the national news today out of the Capitol. Speaking of Washington D.C., Marsha Blackburn has cooked up a bill requiring background checks for teachers. I love this. One for teachers but not for gun buyers? Okie dokie.

• March 28, 2016:

Keeping in mind that it’s still early, and early reports are often wrong, it appears an armed Tennessee nutball tried to storm the U.S. Capitol and got shot:

Washington (CNN) U.S. Capitol Police shot a Tennessee man Monday afternoon after he pulled out a gun at the Capitol Visitor Center, law enforcement officials said.

A female civilian bystander was injured by shrapnel, but no U.S. Capitol Police officers were injured.

“We believe this is an act of a single person who has frequented the Capitol grounds before, and there is no reason to believe this is anything more than a criminal act,” U.S. Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa said.

He said the gunman, who law enforcement officials identified as Larry Russell Dawson, is currently in surgery at a hospital and that a weapon was recovered on the scene. Verderosa also described the woman’s injuries as “minor” and said she was transported to a hospital.

The gunman attempted to go through the metal detectors at the Capitol Visitor Center entrance. When those magnetometers beeped, he was stopped by security and then pulled out a gun. A Capitol police officer then shot him, sources told CNN.

Dawson was arrested on a charge of assaulting a police officer in October after an outburst in the chamber of the House of Representatives. Court documents from that 2015 incident describe Dawson as a 66-year-old man from Tennessee. In that incident, according to the documents, Dawson “loudly stated to Congress he was a ‘prophet of God.’ “

According to my Google searches, Dawson lives in Antioch, which is part of Nashville.

• March 27, 2016:

1- An armed man attempting to enter Memphis’ Bellevue Baptist Church just as Easter services started was stopped by security:

A security guard at the church apprehended the man, later identified as 31-year-old Marcus Donald, and took the weapons, Memphis police spokeswoman Karen Rudolph said. She said Donald was carrying a loaded .40-caliber Beretta in his pants pocket and a .300 Blackout assault rifle in a backpack.

“The suspect stated that people in society are a threat to him and that he must be vigilant,” Rudolph said, adding that Donald was arrested for “emergency commitment” and was being evaluated Sunday evening.

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Barnwell said church officials were unsure who the man was, or what he planned to do. He also doesn’t believe that many of the 3,500 or so in attendance Sunday morning realized anything was amiss.

What were the man’s intentions? We don’t know,” he said. “We are thankful for our security people. What a great job that they do.”

Hey, he could’ve just been exercising his Second Amendment rights. Who knows? Open carry or open fire? Who knows until it’s too late. Right?

2- A Nashville man’s AR-15 was stolen during a fight. Wait, I though this never happened?

• March 25, 2016:

In Memphis, an 11-year-old girl was accidentally shot by another child who was playing with a gun. She is in critical condition.

• March 23, 2016:

A CCW holder from Florida accidentally shot the sink in a Murfreesboro motel room. He then responsibly checked out of the motel and skedaddled, fleeing the scene without alerting motel management:

MURFREESBORO — A Florida man received a call from the Murfreesboro Police on Tuesday after it was discovered a sink in his hotel room had been damaged by gunfire.

According to the police report provided to The Daily News Journal, the Clarion Suites manager contacted officers and showed them the damaged sink.

The previous occupant of the room, Timothy Hamm of Mayo, Fla., was contacted by Officer Matthew Harvey. Hamm told police “he did his normal routine every morning by disengaging the magazine from the gun and pulling the slide back to empty the chamber before dry firing the weapon,” the report said.

Harvey said Hamm was surprised when the Glock went off and he had it pointed in the sink. Officers confirmed that Hamm’s conceal permit is valid.

Safest, most responsible NEVER!

• March 22, 2016:

In a shameful display of cowardice by Tennessee Republicans, the House Civil Justice Committee killed a bill that would have prosecuted those who leave guns accessible to kids.

• March 21, 2016:

In Murfreesboro, a bullet fired from outside someone’s house ended up going through a wall and ending up in a baby’s room. From the link:

When officers spoke to the neighbor, he told police that he accidentally discharged his friends Hi Point 995 Rifle. He told the authorities that he thought the bullet only went through the wall of his home and not his neighbors. Luckily, no one was injured.

Are we safer yet? Lots of close calls like this.

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Yes, My Point Exactly

Carter

The above meme is making the rounds, related to this incident and Rep. Carter’s ridiculous pants-wetting when faced with military-grade firepower at his workplace.

Gee, kinda how the rest of us feel every dang day, isn’t it Rep. Carter?

To recap my post yesterday, Carter hilariously protested when Rep. Mike Stewart (a U.S. Army veteran) brought an AR-15-type weapon into a subcommittee to demonstrate the need for universal background checks:

Carter: Mr. Chairman, excuse me I don’t want to interrupt, but this gun could be loaded …

Stewart: No, it could not because —

Carter: Yes sir! You obviously don’t own one, you do not have it properly safe. Do not point that gun at me!

You can hear an audio clip of the exchange here. And as I’ve repeated since this incident first happened, Carter clearly has missed the point — perhaps intentionally, or maybe he’s just that damn stupid.

Because the point is, Rep. Stewart did own that gun. He just bought it. Without a background check, ID check, or any skills assessment, or any other requirement of any kind. Just like any asshole can go buy one of these weapons, thanks to Republicans who have allowed themselves to be bought by the NRA.

This is the landscape you people have inflicted on us, not just in Tennessee but all around the country. So Rep. Carter’s false concern about safety be damned. Fuck you, Rep. Carter. This is my reality every day as I go around my daily business, walk my dogs at Radnor Lake, go to the grocery, or do any of a hundred mundane tasks. In fact, the only place where I’m safe from this kind of bullshit is at the state legislature. Ironic.

This happened just a few blocks from my house:

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I wonder how Rep. Carter would feel if he were going to Kroger and saw this guy walking down the street like it was no big deal? Or if his kid was a Hillsboro High School student who happened to glance out the math class window and saw this, knowing full well that schools have been targeted by mass shooters?

What the fuck is wrong with you people? What makes you think it’s okay for us to live with this, when you obviously can’t handle it yourselves?

Shame on you all. Hypocrites.

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