If you needed any further proof that the Moms Demand Action gun control group (employees of Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns gun control group) are losing what little power and influence they once had, this might be the prime example. Against the backdrop of the NRA annual meeting, Moms Demand Action bussed in as many supporters as they could find and held a rally in a Nashville park urging the governor to veto legislation that would allow concealed carry in public parks (which was banned at the time). You had all the right pieces: photogenic children, slick marketing, and “gun violence” victims playing on the emotions of anyone who watched. A year ago, that might have been a slam dunk to get the governor to back down — “think of the children!” But today . . .
From Al Jazeera America:
Local governments in Tennessee can no longer bar people with handgun carry permits from taking firearms to parks, playgrounds and sports fields under legislation signed by Republican Gov. Bill Haslam.
The measure was introduced as a welcome gift from gun-friendly Tennessee lawmakers to the more than 70,000 people who attended the National Rifle Association’s annual convention in Nashville earlier this month.
The bill got tied up amid bickering between Republicans who control both the state House and Senate, and only passed once lawmakers agreed to remove the Capitol complex from the areas where permit holders could be armed.
Opponents say the final version is still confusing due to a provision banning guns “within the immediate vicinity” of school activities, but not defining a specific distance.
Back in March, Kathleen Chandler Wright, a member of the Tennessee chapter of the Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, said the measure raises serious concerns for parents.
“It’s going to be allowing people to carry guns into playgrounds and places where we take our children,” she said. “It doesn’t seem right to have them come in and override the community’s decision on whether to allow the guns.”
But supporters of loosening handgun carry laws in Tennessee have long argued that permit holders’ background checks and training ensure that they are responsible enough to be armed in most public situations.
We might finally be seeing the return of common sense to politics. Moms Demand Action demands their demands using emotion-driven arguments and slick marketing campaigns to try and bully people into doing whatever they want, but as we see in Tennessee that just isn’t working anymore. The bloom is off the rose for MDA, and you can rack this one up as another resounding defeat.