Letter From the Editor 

On March 3rd, Governor Phil Bredesen signed into law legislation that would forbid the destruction of safe and operable guns that are confiscated from criminals by police. The law requires police agencies to either sell the guns or retain and use them for law enforcement.

The bill's sponsor, state senator Doug Jackson, said the law was supported by the NRA. Well, of course it was. In Tennessee, the NRA tells our legislators what it wants, and they dutifully follow orders. Witness our enlightened state laws allowing guns in restaurants, bars, state parks, city parks, etc. Do you think that law came in response to public demand?

click to enlarge gun-store.jpg

It's amazing how so-called conservatives who complain about state and federal intrusion into local government matters have no problem with the state dictating how local law enforcement agencies handle confiscated weapons. The Shelby County Sheriff's Department has been destroying such weapons since 2006. Now, the Sheriff's Department will have to get into the gun-selling business, because the state knows best, right, boys?

These people are sluts for the NRA, pure and simple. So what if our sheriff decided it was a better policy not to put guns back on the street in Shelby County. The NRA wants a law that overrules local mandate, so our good ol' boys in the legislature come through for 'em.

Well, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em, I say. Here's a modest proposal: Let's start reselling all merchandise confiscated by local police. We could solve every budgetary problem we have if we sold all that perfectly operable cocaine and pot sitting around in police evidence lockers. Of course, we wouldn't sell to just anybody. You'd have to present evidence that you have no criminal record and sign a pledge that you'd only consume the drugs in your own home. I think we could assume that most people would abide by the rules. Don't you? I know I would.

Yeah, I know the analogy isn't perfect and that cops selling drugs is a wacky idea. I can hear the gun lovers already cranking up their fancy e-mail machines. It was a joke, folks. But here's another joke: I think if there was a powerful lobby behind the idea, the whores in our Tennessee legislature would probably pass it.

Comments (30)

Showing 1-25 of 30

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-25 of 30

Add a comment



Music Blog

The Restoration of John Gary Williams

News Blog

MLGW and UPS Receive Sustainability Award

Hungry Memphis

Shipt Launching June 1st

We Saw You

GRRL FEST celebrates women in music

News Blog

Memphis Pets Alive (May 25-31)

Hungry Memphis

On the Scene at Barbecue Fest


More by Bruce VanWyngarden

Readers also liked…

  • Making Tennessee Great Again!

    I'm writing this from the restroom facility at Big Hill Pond State Park in southern McNairy County. On Monday, I commandeered the building, which contains the men's and women's restrooms, some racks of pamphlets, and two vending machines. There's no one here right now, but I plan to stay as long as necessary to protest the fact that the state of Tennessee is run by oppressive know-nothings who wouldn't know small government — or freedom, for that matter — if it bit them on their considerable backsides ...

    • Jan 7, 2016
  • Vendor in the Grass

    The lady doth protest too much, methinks. — William Shakespeare

    Is there such a thing as "bad activism"? I'm asking because I'm seeing a lot of criticism of the folks who are protesting the Memphis Zoo's encroachment onto the Greensward at Overton Park.

    • Mar 31, 2016
  • Serious Christians

    What is the picture on your computer's desktop screen? Your kids? Your dog? Maybe a memorable vacation photo? Mine is a shot I took one October morning in 2012 as I was about to wade into the Little Red River. A mist is coming off the water, lit golden by a rising sun. The streamside trees are glowing yellow and red and that pale, dry green that says autumn is here. The photo captures everything I like about being on a stream. I put it on my computer so I'd see it each morning when I began to work — a reminder of the beauty that's so easy to lose sight of in the hustle of everyday life ...
    • Oct 8, 2015
© 1996-2017

Contemporary Media
460 Tennessee Street, 2nd Floor | Memphis, TN 38103
Visit our other sites: Memphis Magazine | Memphis Parent | Inside Memphis Business
Powered by Foundation