Originally posted by wormser1971
The murder rate here is actually pretty high. TN ranks 6th in murder rate. Property crime in the nearest small town is 5% higher than the national average.
It's a deeply conservative state, run almost entirely by republicans. Nashville is a high crime area, and the city itself is led by Democrats, but they can't just overrule the state laws... Like "Constitutional carry", which just means no permit required for any weapons. Here you can buy a gun on the street LEGALLY, without any checks of any kind. That contributes more to violent crime than anything else. We had a guy in a nearby city (population 60k) who shot a gun inside a pool hall during an argument. He was arrested, but the republican judge put him in the diversion program (Judge is a gun nut). 3 months later, he shot a guy in the face, twice, killing him. Nothing about the crime in that city has anything to do with democrats. They have zero dems on city commission, and the county commission only has 1 dem out of 15. Police are corrupt, and are actually involved in a lot of the meth and pill distribution. Property crime rate in that city is 38%, but the national average is 19%.
Crime follows poverty, and the South has plenty of both... I'm sure people aren't claiming that the South is run by Democrats
As far as I know, you can private sale a gun legally almost anywhere in the US.
The last two mass shooters (at least the ones in the news), would have passed an FBI background checks. I support red flag laws as long as the person being flagged has an opportunity to legally challenge it but again, that requires friends and families to initiate it.
I think we should pass a series of stricter gun laws and see what happens, sort of put the discussion to bed. Go back to the Clinton era ban on the sale of "assault rifles" and you'll stop seeing them in gun shops that have federal licenses but there are millions available privately and also the ability to take a browning semi auto hunting rifle and have it shoot and perform exactly like an AR.
It would be nice if we actually started enforcing gun laws as well and/or imposing harsher mandatory sentences for gun crimes and a two strike rule (i'm not giving out a 3rd strike). Make a no bail rule for gun crime. Taking away guns won't solve anything, taking away the criminals will but you'll still have too many gun suicides and too many of these nut jobs with easy access to any weapon they want.