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Tennessee Gun Report

Lots of gunfail in this report. Enjoy. Stay safe … if you can!

• March 20, 2016:

1- A Nashville 14-year-old accidentally shot himself in the leg. Kids today.

2- Here’s a twist: it’s usually a drunken man who has barricaded himself in his house with his guns. This incident in Oak Ridge involved an intoxicated woman:

Around 2:00 a.m. Akagi says police were called to the residence for a domestic disturbance. A woman had barricaded herself inside with weapons.

According to a release, police made contact with a man who said is girlfriend was intoxicated and had locked herself in a bedroom. She had multiple weapons on her.

Officers attempted to negotiate with her. She threw a gun out the window, so a tactical team was called in.

We’re seeing more and more of these incidents, at least two or three a week. I’ve posted a few more here.

You know, everyone is always a responsible gun owner … until they’re not. Wish there were some way of knowing ahead of time who’s gonna lose their shit with an arsenal at hand and who’s just a “collector.”

• March 17, 2016:

He was just a law-abiding gun owner, until he wasn’t: LaVergne man fires rifle inside his home, causes four-hour standoff before passing out. Ta da.

Lots of these cases of unhinged, drunken or otherwise unstable people having a mental breakdown and barricading themselves inside their homes with guns … and sometimes hostages. Here’s another one from March 18. Everyone’s a responsible gun owner, until they’re not. I feel so much safer.

• March 16, 2016:

A 19-year-old Chattanooga woman was accidentally shot through a wall. She died:

The 19-year-old woman who was unintentionally shot and killed Tuesday was hanging out with friends before a planned camping trip, her uncle said today.

Carly Ellis was killed when Aaron Randal, 22, unintentionally discharged a weapon in a home on Lewis Street and shot Ellis through a wall around 1 p.m. Tuesday. She was hit in the neck and mortally wounded.

She was hanging out with friends and preparing for a camping trip when she was shot.

• March 15, 2016:

In Memphis, a pregnant 15-year-old girl was shot in the head and killed. Although currently ruled a homicide, the defendant claims the shooting was accidental because he was trying to take the gun away from the victim.

• March 14, 2016:

A Chattanooga 15-year-old was accidentally shot in the chest when his mother was fighting with her boyfriend and “a gun accidentally went off.” All by itsownself.

• March 12, 2016:

A gun report update: the Greeneville building official who accidentally shot himself getting out of his car at the doctor’s office back in February has died from his wound. Chalk up another one for guns-in-cars.

• March 11, 2016:

1- A Madison man accidentally shot himself attempting to clean his gun. Some guns just won’t be cleaned.

2- Bullets from a Rutherford County gun range hit the outside of a home, smashing a homeowner’s window. High-powered rifles, who thought this was a good idea?

3- An arrest was made in a road-rage shooting on I-440 in Nashville. Guns in cars, now who thought that was a good idea?

• March 10, 2016:

A Nashville area student was expelled after a gun was found in his backpack. Kids today. Gun culture.

• March 9, 2016:

This Lawrenceburg man was convicted of 18 counts of a felon in possession of a firearm. Where did he get his guns? “A local flea market.” You know, where they don’t have background checks and all.

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No To Sex Week, Yes To ISIS

[UPDATE]:

Not surprisingly, the bill has been pulled.

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What the hell is going on with the Tennessee Republican Party these days? Have they gone completely insane? Yesterday, Tennessee House Rep. Martin Daniel, Republican from Knoxville, had this to say:

While presenting a bill dubbed the “Tennessee Student Free Speech Protection Act,” Rep. Martin Daniel, R-Knoxville, fielded a question from Rep. John DeBerry Jr., D-Memphis, about whether he believed ISIS should be able to stand in the middle of university campuses and “recruit for ISIS.”

“Yes,” Daniel replied. “So long as it doesn’t disrupt the proceedings on that campus. Yes sir. They can recruit people for any other organization or any other cause. I think it’s just part of being exposed to differing viewpoints.

The remarks came after a debate about the bill, which Daniel said “would direct schools to observe freedom of speech on campus.”

ISIS is “a differing viewpoint”? That’s novel. Meanwhile, also this week:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A bill that would strip the University of Tennessee’s controversial Office of Diversity and Inclusion of some – but not all – of its state funding has passed a House subcommittee. An amendment tacked on to the bill on Tuesday would also ban state funds from being used to promote the university’s Sex Week, the use of gender-neutral pronouns on campus and the promotion or demotion of any religion.

The University of Tennessee, as many know, is located in Knoxville. So let’s just get this straight: Republicans are so concerned about free speech on campus that they think it’s okay for ISIS to recruit on campus but not for students to hold “Sex Week.”

Hey, Tennessee Republicans: you guys realize how crazy this is, right?

This is your state under a Republican supermajority. I want what I want cuz I want it and it doesn’t have to make any sense.

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TN Rep. Wants Students Armed So They Can Shoot At Natl. Guard

[UPDATE]:

And now we have a media link to Rogers’ ignorant statement, not my cheesy screen grab of a Tweet.  For verification. And freedom, of course.

Your humble scribe does not make this shit up.

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Meet Rep. Courtney Rogers of Sumner County, sponsor of a bill that would allow guns-in-trunks on college campuses in Tennessee. She cited Kent State as a justification for her bill:

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Kent State. When the National Guard fired on unarmed students. So if I have Rep. Rogers right, she wants the students armed so they can shoot back?

She is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Tennessee Firearms Assn.:

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Oh, the bill passed. Of course it did. Why do you ask?

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With Friends Like These …

[UPDATE] 2:

And now for Rep. Littleton’s side of the story, via the Nashville Scene:

“Everyone has had a bad experience with service at some point when dining out at a restaurant. It is unfortunate that my private note to the server regarding the quality of service in this instance was made public. Due to the overall experience that evening, I decided not to provide a tip.”

I’m calling bullshit. If the service was poor, why write “sorry”? Why not write, “poor service” or something of that nature?

Let me add, I’ve certainly experienced poor service at a restaurant before, but even I have never refused to tip completely. If the service is really poor I might leave a small amount. But usually my issues with restaurants have been management-related, not server-related (poor quality food, something nasty in my food, etc.) That’s not the server’s fault.

Anyway, an apparent ironic twist to this story is the server is a former constituent of Littleton’s. Which begs the question: when constituents receive poor service from their legislative reps, can we dock their pay?

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[UPDATE]:

It appears Rep. Littleton dined with a friend, fellow Republican Tilman Goins of Morristown:

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And he wasn’t even sorry. What a douche canoe.

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Tennessee Republicans are a pretty horrid lot and nothing illustrates that better than this slap in the face a server at a downtown Nashville Hooter’s received from Republican Rep. Mary Littleton of Cheatham County (a suburb of Nashville):

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“Sorry”? What is this poor server supposed to do with your “sorry”? Pay her rent or student loans or put food on the table?

Honestly, Republicans should just stop trying to pretend they’re friends to working people. I love that Littleton is a member of the Church of Christ. Maybe she needs to go to more Bible study.

Ironically, Tennessee Republican Rep. Susan Lynn was just in the news for fighting against an equal pay bill, saying it “wasn’t necessary.” And then we have Mary Littleton not giving a tip to a server. I guess the message is, stay poor.

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Tennessee Gun Report

Sorry, I got busy again this week. Here’s your semi-weekly round-up of Tennessee GunFAIL.

I pulled this screenshot from Nashville’s Midtown Precinct Community Report. Note the gun idiot who left their handgun in an unlocked car. It takes a special kind of stupid to leave your gun in an unlocked car and yet, this happens all the dang time. I just have to wonder: if your neighborhood is so safe that you can leave your car unlocked overnight, what the hell do you need a gun for? This kind of negligence needs to be prosecuted.

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This report has two accidental shootings, one a 3-year-old fatality, and one by a CCW holder.

• March 9, 2016:

In a rare moment of sanity, the Senate Judiciary Committee failed to advance a proposal that would eliminate gun permits in Tennessee.

• March 8, 2016:

1- Thefts from licensed gun dealers are on the rise in Middle Tennessee, according to the ATF.

I’ve long maintained that licensed gun dealers need to be held to a higher standard where gun storage is concerned. Lock up your damn stock, people. There are ways to do it, roll-up doors over the shelves, other ways to secure the stock. The problem is that, in rural areas, a lot of “gun dealers” are mom and pop operations. Federal storage requirements would probably put them out of business and, you know, respect the culture, blah blah.

2- An incident over a crumpled Trump For President yard sign escalated with a gun being flashed. This is going to be a fun campaign season.

• March 5, 2016:

1- A man accidentally shot himself in the leg outside the West Town Mall in Knoxville. He’ll be okay. The shooter was one of our safest, most responsible citizens EVAH.

• March 4, 2016:

1- Guns in cars, such a smart idea. I’m sure this licensed concealed carry permit holder was just standing his ground. This tragic story is out of Johnson City:

When a state prosecutor asked 14-year-old Jesus Mijares during a preliminary hearing Thursday what his father’s name was, it was too much for the teenager to bear. He broke down in sobs before he could answer, “Jose Mijares.”

Young Mijares’ testimony came during the preliminary hearing for Michael Young, 45, No. 4 Lambeth Court, who is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Jose Mijares, 45. Mijares lived next door to Young at No. 4 Lambeth Court.

The morning of the shooting, he and son Jesus Mijares were headed to a nearby Roadrunner market for coffee, the younger Mijares testified.

He saw a green vehicle pull out from Young’s driveway and get behind his father’s vehicle and drive up very close to their bumper. Then the green vehicle, later determined to be driven by Young, went around the Mijares vehicle and “cut in front of us,” the teen testified.

At the stop sign at Lambeth Drive and North Roan Street, Mijares said his father got out of the vehicle and approached the car ahead of them.

“He was going to talk to the dude…why he cut in front of us,” the teen said in response to a question from Young’s attorney, Rick Spivey.

Mijares said he didn’t hear his father say anything, but saw the man in the green truck shoot his father.

“He tried to get back in the car but he fell,” the teenager testified. “I got out of the truck and went to go check on him. I opened his jacket and there was a blood stain.”

The boy waved down a passing motorist for help, he said.

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Kirkman, who said he had his legal carry permit, called 911 and then retrieved his weapon from his vehicle and stood guard after EMS arrived to provide medical assistance. The medics loaded Mijares into an ambulance and took him to the hospital where officials said he later died.

Another motorist had also arrived prior to EMS getting to the scene.

That person, Melanie Hungate, testified she is a nurse and wanted to render aid to the victim, but was warned about the shooter still being on scene and still having a weapon. She took Jesus Mijares to her car to get him out of the cold and let him use her cell phone to call his mother, who arrived within minutes.

Seriously, WTF was this guy thinking, “standing guard” with his gun — after just shooting a man in front of his 14-year-old son?

Who thought guns in cars was a good idea? Oh, right, Tennessee Republicans.

2- And yet another guns-in-cars incident, which appears to be a case of road rage, this one in Memphis:

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) – A woman was shot while in a car on Interstate 240.

The man in the car with her pulled over on I-240 westbound near Airways Boulevard and called police.

Memphis Police Department sent more than half a dozen cruisers and an ambulance to the location. The shooting victim was taken to Regional Medical Center in critical condition.

Police shut down the right lane of traffic on the interstate as they investigated the shooting. All lanes are back open at this time.

Police said the shots were fired from a red four-door vehicle. That vehicle has since driven away.

Freedom to get shot while a passenger in a car, that was smart!

3- Chattanooga kids just being kids I guess:

Students Arrested At 3 Different County Schools On Threats To Shoot School Personnel, Students

An East Ridge High School student was arrested on Friday after authorities said he assaulted a teacher and then threatened to get a gun and shoot several people at the school.

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In the second incident, the Sheriff’s Office said on Friday afternoon, a note was found on the floor in the hallway at Washington Alternative School.

Officials said, “The note indicated a threat to shoot the school in general, the majority of teachers, and school administrators.

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In the third case, a note was discovered written on a bathroom wall in a girls restroom at Ooltewah High School on Friday morning.

Officials said, “The note indicated a threat to shoot students at the campus along with a reference to the previous note found in a boys restroom last week.

What the hell? Welcome to modern America. I can’t even think of something comparable from when I was in high school.

• March 2, 2016:

A Murfreesboro high school senior was expelled after a gun and pot was found in his car.

• March 1, 2016:

1- A Chattanooga area 3-year-old shot himself in the head while playing with a gun in the family van, which was parked at home. Mom was outside the car yakking on her cell phone. The child died.

Since we passed guns-in-cars we’ve had how many kids find a gun in a car and shoot someone? UPDATE: Mom has been charged with negligence and child endangerment.

2- I’m not sure “peeved” is the word I’d use to describe this Nashville teen’s reaction to being told to get up and go to school:

Teen, peeved at getting up for school, shoots family

An argument over getting out of bed for school Tuesday morning led a teenage boy to open fire on four family members, including his grandmother and two young children, in an East Nashville home, Metro police said.

Nashville police spokeswoman Kris Mumford said that shortly before 7:17 a.m. a relative was attempting to wake up the 16-year-old boy inside his home at Berkshire Place Apartments on Porter Road when an argument broke out.

“There was a quarrel about getting up and getting ready for the day when (at some point) the 16-year-old ran to a closet, got a 9 mm handgun and started firing,” Mumford said.

Kids today ….

• February 26, 2016:

I’m sure this sends the right message:

Tennessee’s new official state rifle is so powerful it can ‘destroy commercial aircraft’

The Barrett .50 caliber rifle is a powerful gun. Widely used in the military, its rounds can “penetrate light armor, down helicopters, destroy commercial aircraft, and blast through rail cars,” according to a report from the Violence Policy Center, a gun safety group. The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence describes .50 caliber rifles like the Barrett as “among the most destructive weapons legally available to civilians in the United States.”

And as of Wednesday, the Barrett .50 caliber is now the official state rifle of Tennessee, joining an illustrious roster of other state symbols including the raccoon (state wild animal), the tomato (state fruit), and Tennessee cave salamander (state amphibian).

The gun’s inventor, Ronnie Barrett, is a Tennessee native and NRA board member who was referred to as “the rock superstar in the world of weapons” at a 2014 birthday bash attended by politicians Mike Huckabee, Lamar Alexander, Marsha Blackburn and others. The rifle bearing his name is manufactured in Christiana, Tennessee.

Tennessee is the seventh state to declare an official state firearm of some sort. If the idea of an “official state gun” seems a little strange, that’s because it’s a recent development. There weren’t any state firearms until 2011, when Utah adopted the Browning M1911 pistol as its state gun.

Ah yes, the gun derp, it runs strong. Very, very strong.

• February 24, 2016:

A five-month-old baby was nearly shot as she slept in her crib when a stray bullet came through the walls of the house:

Brynn, a five-month-old baby was sleeping in her chipped wood-covered crib when her parents Sarina and Brian Manifold heard gunshots in their daughter’s nursery. The couple immediately ran into the room and found the crib littered with wood fragments. “Fear, terror, grateful that she’s OK… As soon as I hung up the phone with 911, I think that’s when it hit me, and I just started hugging her and sobbing,” Sarina Manifold said in an interview, according to Little Things.

The bullets were believed to be shot a few blocks away from the Manifold’s residence which entered through the side of their house, then baby Brynn’s crib headboard, through the bedroom wall lodging to their guestroom wall. Knox county police are looking at the possibility of at least 10 rounds being fired that night for nine shell casings have also been recovered near the area.

These high powered rifles are just not a smart idea.

• February 23, 2016:

In Lenoir City, a man was arrested for being intoxicated with a gun in a restaurant.

I’m so shocked. When they passed guns-in-bars they told us this would never happen!

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Respect The Culture

Notice anything about these seven states?

Study Flags Seven States With High Rates of Accidental Gun Deaths
by JON SCHUPPE

Researchers seeking to identify each state’s most “distinctive” kind of injury-related death uncovered a pattern that could help cut shootings across the South.

The study by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that seven states — West Virginia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama and Tennessee — all suffered from disproportionately high rates of unintentional firearm deaths.

The researchers noted that none of the states have laws requiring the safe storage of guns, which have been shown to prevent accidental shootings, particularly among children.

The gun derp, it is strong in the South. Remember, it’s “just a way of life,” right? And also, too: “respect the culture.”

As long as there are no penalties for gun negligence, and accidental shootings are written off as just “freak accidents” (even though they happen every day in America!), there is no incentive to behave responsibly. But there needs to be a law on the books before it can be enforced and violators prosecuted. That’s how it works.

Unless there is a statewide gun safety standard that can be enforced, cases of negligence will continue to be prosecuted inconsistently, if at all, and some accidental shootings will be more accidental than others.

Fortunately just such a bill was recently introduced in Tennessee:

Bill would punish gun owners if children gain access to loaded weapons

NASHVILLE — Democratic lawmakers unveiled a bill Thursday to deter gun owners from leaving loaded guns accessible to children — and named it “MaKayla’s Law” after the 8-year-old East Tennessee girl killed by an 11-year-old neighbor with his father’s shotgun.

MaKayla Dyer’s mother, Tasha Patterson of White Pine, and grandfather, Robbie Huddleston of Illinois, agreed to have MaKayla’s name on the bill and support the effort, said Beth Joslin Roth, policy director for the Safe Tennessee Project, which is helping push the bill.

If approved, the bill would make it a violation for a person to “recklessly place, leave or store a firearm in a location in plain view and readily accessible to a child under 13 if the gun is left unattended” and either contains ammunition or ammunition is in the immediate vicinity — unless it has a trigger lock or similar device or is in a locked container or cabinet accessible only by the owner or his or her spouse.

Let me take this moment to say, kudos to Rep. Sherry Jones. I love this woman, who most recently was in the news for her “Viagra bill.” Next time I meet you, Rep. Jones, I’m giving you a big hug. Ditto to Sen. Sara Kyle of Memphis, who so warmly welcomed us supporters of refugees to the senate chambers this week. We need more Democratic women in our legislature. Let’s get to work on that, Tennessee.

Naturally, gun humpers hate these kinds of regulations, saying,

…the government has no right to determine how people keep themselves safe at home. Training and education are more effective, they say. Some warn that safe storage laws are being used to the government to take people’s guns away.

Oh, puh-leeze, get over yourselves. There are thousands of ways that the federal, state and local governments keep people safe in their homes, from product safety standards on household appliances to local building codes. This is no different than anything else. Training and education? Pfft. The kid who murdered MaKayla Dyer because she wouldn’t show him her new puppy had been trained in firearm safety, according to the judge.

Here’s the thing, gun humpers: you’re always talking about your RIGHTS. But with your rights come RESPONSIBILITIES. It just can’t be all rights and no responsibilities with you people.

The gun derp is strong in our state legislature, so unless there is a massive effort to support MaKayla’s Law, it faces an uphill battle. But it’s clearly something we need.

Write your state reps and senators, folks.

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Tennessee Gun Report

An astonishing rise in GunFAIL incidents this week: six accidental shootings across the state, which has to be a new record. Mostly people are just shooting themselves, which is as it should be. Maybe they’ll learn a lesson.

• February 23, 2016:

1- A man accidentally shot himself outside a Corky’s Bar-B-Que restaurant in Cordova. The victim is an employee of the restaurant.

2- Memphis police report a second accidental shooting in East Memphis. No other information is available but it doesn’t appear to be the same incident as the Corky’s Bar-B-Que shooting, based on the address and time of the shooting.

• February 22, 2016:

1- It’s almost as if more guns don’t make us safer! I know, weird, right?

Less than two months into 2016, accidental shootings have more than doubled in Tennessee from the same period a year ago, according to a report released Monday by the Safe Tennessee Project.

According to the nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing gun violence, there have been 16 accidental shootings across the state in January and February — eight involving children and eight involving adults. Of that number, two children and one adult died.

Actually, I’ve counted more than 20 so far this year — and February hasn’t even ended yet. So are more guns making us safer? Doesn’t look that way, but honestly, it’s hard to tell. Are we just seeing more accidental shootings make the news, or have there really been more incidents?

The problem is, we rely on the news media for our reporting, and that is not ideal. What we really need is thorough county by county examination of police logs, hospital records, etc. Ideally we would have the government fund studies like this, but of course the NRA is too afraid of that. And any private funding source — say, Bloomberg — would immediately be written off as “biased.” So for now we have to make do with the information we have. And sorry, but it’s not looking like “more guns make us safer.” To the contrary.

2- Somehow this Greeneville city official was accidentally shot, but from reading this story I’m just really unclear on how it all went down:

Greeneville police Detective Capt. Tim Davis said that about 10:30 a.m., Woods was in the parking lot of the medical office of Dr. Philip Thwing, 400 Y St., when a .22-caliber handgun went off.

Woods was outside the city-owned Jeep and the gun was in a coat pocket inside the vehicle when the weapon went off, Davis said.

“He was standing outside of his car and the firearm was in the car and it discharged, striking him in the abdomen,” Davis said.

WTF?

UPDATE:

The gun may have discharged as Woods placed his coat on a seat of the Jeep as he got out of the vehicle, a city official said.

I feel so much safer now.

• February 20, 2016:

A Knoxville woman was accidentally shot in the head at the TACSOG Armory and Range. The injury occurred when she was struck by a ricocheted bullet.

• February 19, 2016:

1- A Memphis man accidentally shot himself in the foot while reaching for his cell phone in an adult lingerie store. He had a handgun permit but it had expired in 2013.

• February 16, 2016:

1- A Knoxville man took his gun to work and promptly shot himself by accident in the bathroom.

2- Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold blamed Beyonce when someone shot up his house, but that cynical national media thought it might have more to do with his FBI investigation for a selling-cigarettes-to-inmates racket.

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Why You Gotta Be So Mean, Tennessee?

Shameful doings in the Tennessee State Senate yesterday:

In a move met with immediate criticism from advocates of the state’s refugee community, the Tennessee state Senate on Monday approved a resolution directing the state attorney general to sue the federal government for noncompliance of the Refugee Act of 1980.

With a 27-5 vote, the resolution, according to its proponents, seeks to settle a quandary created after Tennessee opted out of the refugee resettlement program in 2008 under then-Gov. Phil Bredesen.

Tennessee is still partaking in the program due to the fact that Catholic Charities is administering the resettlement effort.

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Norris admitted that although the legislature does not have the authority to direct Attorney General Herbert Slatery to sue the federal government, the resolution contains a provision that would allow state lawmakers the ability to hire outside counsel to take action.

I eagerly look forward to our “fiscally responsible” legislators paying millions of dollars to some right-wing law firm to file this lawsuit, then explain how the money spent is a demonstration of their fiscal responsibility. Ouch. Makes my head hurt.

You know it’s an election year when Tennessee legislators start pushing that fear button. Republicans just don’t know how to sell their brand without going full-on nativist, blaming the most vulnerable populations for whatever ails the nation or state.

What’s weird here is that things are actually looking pretty good for the state of Tennessee right now. As the national economy has improved, so has Tennessee’s, with tax collections exceeding projections. So if the Republicans can’t point the finger at starving children for impoverishing the state, I guess they’ll point the finger at refugees and paint them all as terrorists. Shame on you guys, really. Why you gotta be so mean?

So, I was at the state Senate chambers yesterday as all of this was going down. I was among the protestors and got to see the Republicans duck inside the chambers trying to ignore the 100 or so people holding “welcome refugees” signs. I saw Democrats like Jeff Yarbro say hello to us and thank us for being there. I saw Democrats like Thelma Harper, who “cluelessly” abstained when the issue came up at committee last week, try to appear less clueless this time around, smiling at us and saying hello almost apologetically.

I did not see Democrat Reginald Tate of Memphis. He did not vote this time; last time, when it was in committee, he voted yes. He voted to sue President Obama. I can’t imagine what he was thinking.

Most of the Republicans scooted inside the Senate chamber as quickly as possible. It was as if they were embarrassed — as well they should be. These are the same people who keep telling us what faithful Christians they are. Every time the issue of abortion or gay marriage comes up, they’re always telling us about how they vote their faith. Yet the Bible has far more to say about refugees and immigrants than it does abortion or homosexuality (Leviticus 19:33-34, Exodus 22:21, Exodus 23:9, Malachi 3:5, Ezekiel 47:22, Deuteronomy 27:19, Hebrews 13:2, Isaiah 16:3-4, Matthew 25:35, Acts 28:2, etc. etc. etc.)

So you vote as a Christian on abortion and gay marriage, but not on this? That’s what we call a hypocrite.

As I’ve stated before, (see here) there’s a reason refugees are resettled in states like Tennessee, and it’s one which we should be proud of:

[…] it’s because of all the churches located here, and the support services that faith communities have traditionally provided, to help families resettle and assimilate into American life. I’ve mentioned this before, but many if not most of the groups facilitating refugee resettlement are Christian, and they work with local congregations! You know, Christians used to be known for helping people, not shooting up abortion clinics. Weird, huh?

I guess Tennessee Republicans are Christians when they wanna be, fiscally responsible when they wanna be, and pants-wetting cowards when they wanna be.

And mean all the time.

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Tennessee Gun Report

An unusually high amount of GunFAIL in this report. Enjoy!

• February 15, 2016:

1- A Greeneville man was cleaning his handgun when he accidentally shot himself trying to clear a jam. That was smart.

2- Employees at Aubrey’s restaurant in Maryville founded a loaded handgun left under a table as they were cleaning up at teh end of the evening. This is the second time a loaded handgun has been left at the restaurant.

• February 14, 2016:

A Memphis man has been arrested related to a January incident in which his girlfriend was shot and killed. The man first said she shot herself, then said the gun must have gone off when he was trying to take it away from her.

Where have I heard this before? Oh yeah:

• February 13, 2016:

A shooting range near a hiking trail, what could possibly go wrong, Hamilton County?

• February 7, 2016:

In Nashville, a man accidentally shot himself in the head at a Red Roof Inn motel. He died.

Can I just say, the large number of accidental gun discharges/shootings at motels has me wondering why the fuck these businesses don’t have no guns policies?

• February 6, 2016:

Two people were accidentally shot in LaVergne:

La Vergne police told News 2 the bullet went through one person’s hand and hit another person in the leg.

• February 5, 2016:

1- In Memphis, a fight over a bathroom of course leads to guns being drawn:

The victim said she got into a fight with Dean over use of the restroom, went into the bathroom and closed the door.

Police said Dean then pulled out a .25 caliber handgun and threatened to shoot the woman through the door. The victim called police and told them Dean was waiving the gun around when she came out of the bathroom.

Ah, that armed and polite society again!

2- A Chattanooga 16-year-old was accidentally shot by his 15-year-old friend teenager in his bedroom. He died.

The victim’s mother doesn’t believe it was an accident and charges have been filed. The shooter says they “found the gun in the road.”

• February 4, 2016:

A Memphis 16-year-old was accidentally shot while she was holding her one-month-old infant:

According to the affidavit, Gray admitted he was “fumbling around with the gun” before it fell on the floor and “fired one shot, hitting the victim.”

Neighbors said people should be more careful with guns.

Gee, ya think?

3- The gun used by an ex-con to shoot two police officers in Bronx, New York was bought in East Nashville by another man who gave a fake address.

What do we keep saying about lax gun law states like Tennessee funneling guns to stricter states like New York? This is why we need a federal system, not a hodge-podge of state laws.

• February 3, 2016:

A Kingsport man accidentally shot his houseguest in the chest as he was kicking the guest out:

According to KPD Public Information Officer Tom Patton, Parker discovered a small amount of drugs and drug paraphernalia. After tracing it back to his girlfriend’s son, Parker reportedly demanded the man pack his belongings and leave.

During the ensuing altercation, Parker retrieved a handgun and was allegedly pointing it at the other man in an attempt to expedite his departure. One round was fired, according to police, with investigators believing the shooting was unintentional.

• February 2, 2016:

A Knoxville-area family returned from a family outing to find bullet holes in their home, likely from target shooters:

Billy Harris says the family left their Wayside Road home to have dinner at his parents’ house around 3 p.m. Sunday. They came home around 7:15 p.m. to find a bullet had passed through the northwest exterior wall, through an interior wall and the first layer of the interior bedroom door. The bullet also passed through a trampoline safety net.

“If it was somebody target shooting, which I believe it probably was, I just want to make them aware of their surroundings,” said Harris.

The Harris family says the bullet holes have them worried for their safety and things could have turned out much differently if they had been home.

High-powered rifles, probably.

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Rep. Sherry Jones Files “Viagra Bill”

I’m sure you’ve by now heard of the Kentucky state legislator who has filed a bill requiring a note from the wife of any man seeking a Viagra prescription. Rep. Mary Lou Marzian says the legislation,

…is merely an effort to protect men’s health and ensure they are informed about a drug with potentially dangerous side effects.

“I want to protect these men from themselves,” said Marzian, a nurse.

Well of course! Marzian, who is pro-choice, is merely echoing what we ladies hear from male politicians telling us we need to get transvaginal ultrasounds before obtaining an abortion, and abortion clinics must meet higher surgical standards than many plastic surgery suites, etc. It’s all for our own good.

Also:

HB 396 also specifies that only married men may obtain the drug and requires “a man to make a sworn statement with his hand on a Bible that he will only use a prescription for a drug for erectile dysfunction when having sexual relations with his current spouse.”

“This is about family values,” Marzian said.

Hard to argue with that one, right? Aren’t Republicans concerned about the American family?

So I was absolutely thrilled to learn that Tennessee’s Rep. Sherry Jones has her own “Viagra bill” making its way through the legislature, and that it apparently passed out of the insurance and banking committee and will move on to the health subcommittee. It already has a sponsor in the Senate, by the way.

HB 1927 reads, in part:

Before issuing a prescription for a drug intended to treat symptoms of erectile dysfunction, a physician shall:

(i) Obtain from the patient a notarized affidavit in which at least one of the patient’s sexual partners affirms that the patient has experienced symptoms of erectile dysfunction during the ninety (90) days preceding the affidavit’s date, if he has never been married, emancipated by a court, or otherwise freed from the care, custody, and control of his parents;

(ii) Conduct a cardiac stress test and obtain a result, described in writing, indicating that the patient’s cardiac health is compatible with sexual activity;

(iii) Notify the patient in writing of the potential risks and complications associated with taking drugs intended to treat erectile dysfunction, as well as provide alternatives to erectile dysfunction medications, counseling regarding erectile dysfunction, and possible physical and psychological risks of taking erectile dysfunction medications, and obtain the patient’s signature on a form acknowledging the patient’s receipt of the notification; […]

Sounds perfectly reasonable to me. You know men never read directions or label warnings. Someone needs to help these poor dears. ED is a known “red flag” for heart disease, the number one killer of American men, after all.

There’s more. To get a refill, under this legislation, the ED patient has a few more hoops to jump through:

(A) Require the patient to be seen in-person by the physician in an office visit for prescribing each refill;

(B) Require the patient to undergo a cardiac stress test every ninety (90) days while the patient is taking the drug to ensure that the patient’s cardiac health continues to be compatible with sexual activity; and

(C) Require the patient to attend three (3) sessions of outpatient counseling within a period of not less than six (6) months after the drug initially is prescribed to ensure the patient’s understanding of the dangerous side effects of drugs intended to treat the symptoms of erectile dysfunction and which counseling includes information on nonpharmaceutical treatments for erectile dysfunction, including sexual counseling and resources for patients to pursue celibacy as a viable lifestyle choice. […]

Again, all perfectly reasonable, don’t you think? According to a recent study,

If every man with erectile dysfunction were screened for heart disease, more than a million events like heart attack or stroke could be avoided over 20 years and more than $21 billion saved, according to a new estimate.

Why, this legislation is a virtual life-saver! But wait, there’s more:

SECTION 2. Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 8, Chapter 27, Part 2, is amended by adding the following as a new section to be appropriately designated:

The group insurance plan for employees under this part shall not cover drugs intended to treat erectile dysfunction as a benefit.

SECTION 3. Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 9-4-5116, is amended by designating the existing language as subsection (a) and adding the following as a new subsection (b):
(b) No state funds shall be expended to pay for drugs prescribed to treat erectile dysfunction unless the expenditure for the drug is required by federal law. SECTION 4. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016, the public welfare requiring it.

Well, this all seems to make perfect sense to me. I think we should insist that the male citizens of Tennessee be protected and fully informed about these dangerous ED drugs. What could possibly be wrong with them receiving information, be required to get regular cardiac screening, and prevent the people of the State of Tennessee from paying for them?

What do you say, ladies?

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