Gun control push in Tennessee now a lost cause

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The topic of gun control has been a major part of the news in Tennessee this week. After all, what else was this special session intended to be about?

However, just because Gov. Bill Lee wants a particular bit of gun control–one that isn’t likely to accomplish anything even if it were to pass–doesn’t mean that any other Republican is eager to earn the ire of their base by doing something anti-gunners have been pushing for.


In fact, based on what we’re currently seeing out of the state, it looks like Lee’s hope for gun control, as well as those of anti-gunners throughout the state, are well and truly dead.

Tennessee Republican lawmakers hit an impasse Thursday just a few days into a special session sparked by a deadly school shooting in March, leaving little certainty about what they might ultimately pass, yet all but guaranteeing it won’t be any significant gun control change.

After advancing a few bills this week, the Senate quickly adjourned Thursday without taking up any more proposals, promising to come back Monday. The announcement prompted booing and jeers from the crowd of gun control advocates watching in the galleries.

Meanwhile, the House is continuing to churn through a full slate of other proposals, and the Senate has not promised to take any of those up.

Senate Speaker Randy McNally told reporters Thursday that senators will consider any bills the House may amend but held off from promising to making a compromise with the other chamber.

“We might be here for too long of a period of time,” McNally said. “We’re waiting to see what happens in the House,” McNally said.


Honestly, this shouldn’t be surprising.

Apparently, Lee couldn’t find a single Republican willing to sponsor his red flag bill. Democrat versions of Lee’s proposal were killed earlier this week.

I can’t help but think that part of the issue is that a special session is the kind of thing that’s just going to annoy the legislators in the first place and make them even less likely to pass what the governor wants passed.

Sure, gun control supporters might be accurate, but those who aren’t vehemently in favor of such laws are likely to be bothered by having to go back to the capital and deal with just a single issue. People who are annoyed aren’t open to compromise.

Of course, that’s just my armchair psychologist’s take on it.

The truth of the matter is that whether they’re annoyed or not, what’s being proposed and pushed isn’t any good for Tennessee. Gun control doesn’t make anyone safer, especially one with such a large rural population that may not have cops on every street corner.


If anti-gun regulations aren’t going to come of the special session there, that’s good news for the state, though I know plenty of people will disagree.

Frankly, I don’t care if they disagree. These are people who think gun control is the answer, which apparently Lee thought when he called this session as well.

The best thing in the world for Tennessee is for what we’re seeing right now to hold.

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