May 12, 2010

Progressives Panic Over TN Restaurant Carry Law

Is Alan Colmes merely dim, or deeply dishonest?

That is the decision you have to make when you read his nonsensical headline "Tennessee Republicans Pushing Guns In Bars." Following the less-than-brilliant guidance of Think Progress, Colmes dishonestly suggests that the goal of Tennessee's legislature is to put armed civilians in bars.

No person with a bit of common sense will swallow that argument, but that means every liberal will. As they aren't bright enough to figure out the facts on their own, I'll try to explain it in small words they can understand.

Like many states, TN treats bars and restaurants that serve alcohol identically under the law. The law that Colmes is shaking with indignant fury over was not written with the intent of encouraging people to carry guns in to bars, but to allow concealed carry permit holders to retain their weapons on their persons when they go out to dinner at restaurants that serve beer, wine, or mixed drinks. It is a law designed to let citizens who carry legally at IHOP also carry legally at TGI Fridays... that is all. It allows people who go to lunch or dinner at some restaurants that were formerly off limits. That is all.

They aren't looking to recreate the fabled Wild West, despite what Colmes & Shakir claim.

The only real question is whether they are lying to their easily-led readers on purpose, or if they is just as uneducated as those that follow them.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at May 12, 2010 04:03 PM

Your comments about Colmes are accurate, but I think the Left in general has an overall distaste of the Second Amendment, which results in such chicanery.

Posted by: Adam Woodford at May 12, 2010 05:05 PM

They did the same down here in Georgia over this same issue. Yet, there hasn't been any shoot outs or wild west stuff yet.

But, the crime rate has gone down on MARTA and over all crime in Atlanta is down too.

So congrats and welcome to the club.

Posted by: Michael at May 12, 2010 05:20 PM

Take a quick look at TX Law. Not in bars...but OK in bars and restaurants. On balance, not a bad idea.

Texas CCL holder

Posted by: RiverRat at May 12, 2010 07:57 PM

Many years ago (pre-Hannity/Colmes) I called in to Mr. Colmes' radio talk show when the topic was gun control. Even several liberal friends who happened to hear the conversation told me they thought Colmes to be irrational and unwilling to engage what they grudgingly admitted to be rational points. Nice to know some things don't change.

Posted by: mikemcdaniel at May 12, 2010 09:58 PM

This is no surprise to me. It is, in fact, vintage Colmes - invent stories cut from whole cloth then repeat them loudly and often.

Alan Colmes was the prime mover & shaker behind all the horrible allegations about Sara Palin after her candidacy for VP was announced. He did several hit pieces on her at his website that were so disgusting I & a number of others complained to Fox and to Hannity about them. He was forced to take some of those false allegations down, but the damage was done.

Colmes is not a news reporter. He is a rumour monger of the very worst sort.

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Posted by: blakeart at May 13, 2010 09:57 AM

It's important to remember that the law allows HCP holders to carry where alcohol is served ONLY if they are not consuming alcohol. The leftists tend to skip over that part.

Posted by: Tennessee Budd at May 14, 2010 11:25 AM