Just because Congress doesn't have any balls doesn't mean gun rights supporters don't have a set...
And it take a HUGE set of balls (and a gallon of gall to go with 'em) to give away the same brand and model of assault rifle used in the Newtown Sandy Hook massacre as part of an event promoting gun rights in this state.
Some are calling such a thing an affront to common decency, an exercise in insensitivity designed to enflame the passions of those gun control advocates who were recently slapped down by their elected representatives in D.C.
The executive director of the Tennessee Firearms Association says his gun giveaway promotion is nothing of the sort. In fact, he finds it abominable that gun control advocates are using the Newtown massacre to call for background checks for gun purchases.
Here's what John Harris had to say about folks who point to recent gun atrocities as proof of the need for stricter gun control:
“These gun control activists, they can always pick the most recent event,” he said. “If you look back through history, there’s a long string of Newtown, Aurora, keep the list going. Under their analysis, you’d never sell a gun because someone got shot in recent history. But it has nothing to do with any prior events.”
Yeah, if you look back through history, there's a "long string" of mass shootings we liberals use to justify our calls for limitations on gun ownership. We're funny like that. Slaughter a few dozen of our kids in their schools or at the theater, and next thing you know we're all concerned and shit.
But before you start thinking Mr. Harris is irresponsible with his gun giveaway, you need to know this: his group will require a strict background check (read the fine print at the bottom of the link) before it hands over the Bushmaster to tomorrow's contest winner.
Ironic, isn't it? His organization refuses to allow the American government or the state of Tennessee to examine the backgrounds of those who wish to purchase an AR-15 in gun shops or at gun shows. But they're concerned enough about their own liabilities to require one of whomever wins tomorrow's drawing for the same weapon.