TNDP Chairman Decries Rep. Carr’s Proposal as Self-Serving, Extreme

Chip ForresterNASHVILLE — Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Chip Forrester released a statement Wednesday applauding proposals to prevent gun violence and condemned state Rep. Joe Carr’s tea party response as self-serving and extreme.

On Wednesday, Rep. Carr of Rutherford County proposed a law that would charge any federal agent with a Class A Misdemeanor for enforcing or attempting to enforce some federal guns laws.

The statement:

Our families are confronted with more gun violence than citizens in almost every other state in the nation. This harsh reality destroys families and rips apart our communities, but we don’t have to be paralyzed by statistics or fear. We can do something about it. We can reduce gun violence by strengthening laws to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people and enacting common sense reforms that keep our families safe.

Support for the 2nd Amendment goes hand-in-hand with keeping illegal guns out of the hands of criminals. We must do more to prevent dangerous people—criminals, the seriously mentally ill and violent abusers—from getting guns.

Tennessee families know the consequences of doing nothing all too well. In 2011, a policeman on duty in Chattanooga was shot and killed by an escaped felon who had purchased an assault rifle a few days earlier at a gun show in Tennessee.

The president has put a plan on the table that closes the background check loophole. Background checks are an important step toward the goal of stopping felons, domestic abusers, the mentally ill, and other dangerous people from buying guns.

The state legislature could act to reduce gun violence locally, too. But instead, extreme politicians like Joe Carr are presenting legally suspect plans that would make criminals of officers who are working to protect our families. It’s as is disgraceful as it is self-serving. In Tennessee, we are facing real problems with gun violence, poverty and persistent joblessness. We don’t need Carr’s extreme side show. Tennesseans need leaders who will stand up to the special interests and work together to solve the problems our families elected them to fix.


Tennessee worst state for gun crime [, 10/10/11]

Chattanooga Police Sgt. Tim Chapin shot and killed by assault rifle purchased by an escaped felon at a gun show. [, 12/19/12]

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