Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Tennessee House District 42, Ryan Williams, NO



This race is between incumbent Ryan Williams and political newcomer Dennis Bynum. Today, I voted for Bynum. In a separate post, I will give Bynum's answers to a firearms survey.

Mr. Williams has been unresponsive to the same survey. Draw your own conclusions as to where he stands. My sense is that he is a gun butter.

Below are some email exchanges that went between Mr. Williams and me, going back over a year. Also, when I spoke to him at the Tennessee Firearms Association Constitutional Carry Lobby Day on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, he did not seem to be interested in passing Constitutional Carry.

Tennessee House District 42, Dennis Bynum YES

I sent the following survey to Mr. Dennis Bynum and to Rep. Ryan Williams. I never got a response from Mr. Williams. Based on Mr. Bynum's response, I voted for him today. You can see what I wrote about Mr. Williams in a separate post.

Dennis Bynum
Wed, May 27, 7:16 PM

1. Do you believe that the Constitution is the "supreme law of the land" and that the Bill of Rights acknowledges our birthrights?

We learned the Constitution and the associated Bill of Rights is the supreme law of the land when we were children and I still believe that today.  It may be changed – using Article 5 is federal– but it should NOT be interpreted away. A constitutional amendment would be the only way to take it away.

2. If so, should these rights be proactively protected from infringement by all levels of government, including city, county and state?

All levels of governmental servants swear an oath to uphold the US Constitution as well as the constitution of their state (if they are at state level or below). Yes, all levels should guard against infringement on our rights. 

3. Please give some examples of gun laws you consider constitutional.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Think Your Guns are Off the Grid?

In many jurisdictions, private sales are perfectly legal. Some gun owners are very careful to only purchase their firearms this way, in an attempt to stay away from the purview of officialdom. Maybe that’ll work, maybe not? Read the more at Ammoland.


Wednesday, June 17, 2020

The Emotional Beginnings of Everyday Pistol Carry

Everybody starts somewhere. If you drive a car or fly a plane, you had that first time behind the wheel; that first solo flight. If you are like me, there was a lot of excitement and maybe a little (read: a lot) of fear.

To me, carrying a pistol seemed strange at first. You see, although I grew up with guns . . . continue at Ammoland HERE.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Teaching New Gun Owners to Cheat and Survive

From my friend Rob Morse at slowfacts:
2020 is unusual. We added millions of new gun owners each month. Gun ownership has been increasing, but this year is remarkable. We bought firearms when government failed. We saw the police withdraw because of an epidemic. We saw courts put criminals back on the streets. We saw government officials overwhelmed by protests, riots, looting, and arson. We realized that we are on our own to defend ourself and the people under our care. Continue reading here.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Malum Probibitum

Gun laws make guns bad because someone says guns are bad.
The problem with gun laws is that they are Malum Probibitum, which is defined at Cornell Law School as “An act which is immoral because it is illegal; not necessarily illegal because it is immoral.”
Malum Prohibitum contrasts with Malum in Se, defined as “An innately immoral act, regardless of whether it is forbidden by law.”
Read the rest at Ammoland