Friday, January 20, 2012

War on New Yorkers

Rep. Frank Niceley is using some good ol' fashioned Southern hostility to New York to score some brownie points with the gun nuts regarding a case of a woman from Tennessee who broke New York City's gun laws.  As Humphrey reported, Niceley introduced HJR585 which lays out the case of a Tennessee nurse who has a handgun permit in Tennessee, who went to visit the 9/11 Memorial and was arrested on charges of carrying a concealed weapon after asking a guard what she should do with her gun.  The resolving clause of the resolution states:

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ONE HUNDRED SEVENTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, THE SENATE CONCURRING, that we hereby urge the State of New York to use common sense and sound judgment in the disposition of the case against Meredith Graves.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we remind the citizens of New York, especially those residing in New York City, to drive carefully through the great State of Tennessee, paying extra attention to our speed limits.
Teehee. Its funny, so funny. What's really funny is that this rightwing boob, who most assuredly thinks people who "break our laws" to come and work and feed their families are the scum of the Earth, is asking for amnesty for this Tennessean who failed to follow the laws of the State of New York, and is now not-so-subtly warning the residents of New York that should they find themselves in Tennessee, they may face selective prosecution for traffic violations.

Now, I get it, this sucks for the nurse. And if I were the prosecutor in Manhattan, I would try and find a way to make this case go away as quickly as possible. But, I'm sorry kids, states regulate their own gun laws. The 2nd Amendment as currently viewed by the Supreme Court does not extend to your right to pack heat whenever and wherever you like. And if this had happened in a state like New Jersey, I might be a bit more sympathetic, but every gun owner in the South has been conditioned to loathe the "draconian" gun laws of the evil Mayor Bloomberg, so if there is a failure on the part of a jurisdiction, the failure lies with Tennessee in not fully teaching their residents about the concept of reciprocity.

So, a quick primer, here is a state site which shows which states a Tennessee handgun permit is recognized in, and here is a third party PDF which puts all the laws in one easy to use format. If you pack heat, and intend to travel with it, learn it. Every gun owner I have ever known is aware of reciprocity laws, and is aware that New York does not share the same liberal views on gun carrying that we in Tennessee do.

Back to Niceley.  Just as Gaylord and Dolly announced that Nashville is going to get a major tourist attraction in the form of a water and snow park, this asshat decided to up and declare war on the 3rd most populace state in the nation, and the number one most populous city in our great union.  Thanks for that. Because on top of having to deal with your emotionally crippling case of homophobia and xenophobia, what Nashville needs from the legislature right now is a fucking war with the Northeast.  That'll help create jobs.  That'll help get our economy back moving.

1 comment:

Cryptomys said...

Amnesty for Curry Todd!