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By Grant Lawrence
Spokesman Chad Ramsey of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, a gun control advocacy group.
An owner of 3 top rated restaurants in Nashville, Randy Rayburn, has filed a lawsuit challenging Tennessee's law allowing gun owners to bring their guns into a bar or a restaurant serving alcohol.
"If it's called a 'nuisance bar,' with shootings, it normally gets shut down. But in Tennessee, we apparently are going to have 225,000 vigilantes shooting in bars," said Rayburn's attorney.
Mr. Rayburn and his attorney shouldn't get that upset. Sure, his Establishment may be faced with a liability lawsuit or possible closing for a shooting at his restaurant, but the real question here is Americans' right to kill others in a setting of their choice.
But, there is also a constitutional issue. Tennessee should go further in their new law.
They should pass a law granting citizens the right to bear their guns at airports, on air planes, around highly explosive material, and at political inaugurations. Danger is not the issue here.
It is a matter of American's constitutional right to be stupid.
Congratulations to the State of Tennessee for allowing the people of their state the right to be an idiot with a gun in restaurants and in bars that serve alcohol. I just don't think the law has gone far enough. Tennessee should make a statement for freedom by allowing anyone with a gun to be an idiot anywhere and at anytime.
Safety is not the issue but the freedom to be able to shoot others anywhere and at anytime is the issue. Gun violence shouldn't be limited to our homes or our neighborhoods but should be expanded into every aspect of American life.
But still, we must need more of it or why else would the good people of Tennessee allow for a law that promotes more gun violence. I am sure their politicians wouldn't lead them astray.
There are larger issues here. Americans have the right to bear arms and they shouldn't be limited on where they want to bear them.