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During an interview conducted one day before the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the crazy Lt. Gov. of Tennessee, Ron Islam-Is-Not-A-Religion Ramsey was pushing to pass a crazy bring-your-guns-to-work law in Tennessee.

“If you have a gun carry permit and proven you’re responsible, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to keep your firearm locked in your vehicle wherever you go,” Ramsey said. “Let’s be honest. It’s going on now. This is to make those people legal.”
How more crazy can you get? "This is to make those people legal?” These people are now breaking the law. Instead of enforcing the law, the Republicans want to change the law to make them legal. Why did they never do that to illegal immigrants?

The push by NRA to pass guns-to-work laws in southern states signifies what's wrong with the NRA.

Workplace homicides average about 500 a year in the U.S., according to studies by ASIS International Foundation, an Alexandria, Virginia-based security professional association, and by the U.S. Justice Department. Shootings accounted for 80 percent of workplace homicides between 2005 and 2009, with most involving robberies and 21 percent stemming from employee disputes, according to the 2011 Justice report.
There has never been a single case where an employee needed the protection of a gun on the road to work.

One of the objections the opponents raised is danger to college campuses. Ron Ramsey's response to that was

“What’s campuses got to do with it?” Ramsey said. “We’re talking about your automobile. We’re not talking about where you are. We’re talking about your car.”
The NRA and the Republican party are crazy.

Originally posted to xgz on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 06:42 AM PST.

Also republished by Three Star Kossacks.

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  •  I can only reflect on the distance our nation has (2+ / 0-)
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    Utahrd, Larsstephens

    traveled over the decades.  Going to a rural HS, guns were not a mystery to most of us; many planned careers in the military or NG or law enforcement any way as an alternative to farming as our fathers and grandfathers had.  There was nothing unusual about a long gun in a gun rack in a truck or in the trunk of a car after a morning of pre-class waterfowling or plans to squirrel or rabbit hunt after classes w/o having to go home.  
    OTOH, most of us carried knives with no thought as a knife was a necessary tool (esp in ag and shop classes) which could be a hammer or screwdriver in a pinch and for those of us who went to work in the fields directly after classes.
    No one thought anything about it.
    Times have changed as I see in the local paper a senior was expelled when a single .22 cartridge was found under the seat of his pickup though his father attested it must have fallen out of his hunting vest from a weekend squirrel hunt    

    •  All of that is true (1+ / 0-)
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      in rural Illinois it was not unheard of at one time for HS students to park their shotguns in their lockers during school in anticipation of hunting after.

      Of course they were not automatic weapons.

      If you think you're too small to be effective, you've never been in the dark with a mosquito.

      by marykk on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 09:19:10 AM PST

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  •  This is an accurate description of Ramsey. (5+ / 0-)

    I lived in Johnson City TN for 30 years and watched Ramsey's rise from lowly auctioneer to Lt. Governor of Tennessee.  He is from the most concervative area of the state and does all in his power to pander to the most conservative of that base.  He was the first republican in something like 100 years to become Senate leader back about 10 years ago and made a comment to the effect that that was such an important event that people would remember where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news.  As for the "safe commute" legislation in Tennessee - I can't add much to what xgz has already written, but I will state that having owned a business at one point, including the land upon which it stood,I find it a violation of the property rights of a business owner to be forced to legally allow people to bring guns onto my property when it clearly increases the probability of work-place violence.  

    Any Jackass can kick down a barn. It takes a carpenter to build one. - Sam Rayburn

    by Old Gray Dog on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 07:11:49 AM PST

  •  An employer (5+ / 0-)

    does have private property rights and can regulate his work place for safety. These grandstanding Asshats-- and I live in this redneck State--will be appealed with this one.

    I can also tell you as an insurance agency owner this would open up one hell of a liability issue for employers

    This will not stand.

    The GOP is batsshit CRAZY... and God only knows what more they will propose here. School Vouchers are done.

    All I want is the truth. Just gimmie some truth John Lennon

    by gimmie truth on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 07:46:28 AM PST

  •  Republished to Three Star Kossacks (2+ / 0-)
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    If you think you're too small to be effective, you've never been in the dark with a mosquito.

    by marykk on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 09:14:19 AM PST

  •  TN politics is the 9th circle of hell (1+ / 0-)
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    Ramsey is corrupt and crazy but he essentially runs the TN govt. The legislature bows to his will, whereas the patrician governor Haslam is hapless and spineless. We'll see that guns to work law introduced and passed in the 2013 session.

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