Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: Tom Teepen anti gun article regarding airport carry in Atlanta

  1. #1
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    VA Beach, Virginia, USA
    Posts
    558

    Post imported post


  2. #2
    Banned
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Washington Island, across Death's Door, Wisconsin, USA
    Posts
    9,193

    Post imported post

    Teepen: 'High noon' showdown is brewing at the Atlanta airport By TOM TEEPEN
    Cox News Service
    Tuesday, July 08, 2008 To get a glimpse of what we are in for after the Supreme Court recently threw in with libertarians and the gun lobby, turn to Atlanta's airport, Hartsfield-Jackson International. What is locally billed as a showdown – "high noon" style – is brewing there.
    So far, only words and attitudes have been slung, not bullets, but, well ...
    Later, who knows? The city has barred guns from its airport, despite a contrary statute enacted by the state legislature this year and despite the high court's endorsement of the law, as that statute's enthusiasts take the recent ruling to be.
    With U.S. airports stuck at anxious Code Orange since 9/11, it seems likely most folks would consider them reasonable candidates for gun-free status. That would seem especially so for Hartsfield-Jackson, by most measures the world's busiest airport, with 56,000-plus working there and on average 245,000 passengers passing through daily.
    But Republican state Rep. Tim Bearden reads the state's new law as allowing concealed firearms in all the airport's facilities, shops, airline counters, parking decks and lots – everywhere, that is, right up to the metal detector on the way to boarding.
    The new state legislation invites gunners with concealed-carry permits to tote their weapons into parks, many publicly owned buildings, public transit and transit facilities, restaurants that serve alcohol and the restaurants' bars.
    The law righteously forbids folks with hidden firearms to drink alcohol in the restaurants and bars but, really, who would know? Are the waiters, waitresses, the maitres'd, barkeeps and sommeliers to pat down anyone who orders a drink?
    "I'll have this '93 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, please."
    "A fine choice, madam. Now, up against the wall – and spread em!"
    Hartsfield-Jackson is a-crawl with uniformed security and no doubt with plainclothes sorts as well, but Bearden nonetheless postures as championing the right and implied need of worthy citizens to be ready to draw and shoot.
    As one gun-besotted blogger put it in support – and perhaps rather more plainly than some on the same side would wish — "Criminals should have a doubt about who might get a drop on them... Some of us pray for one clear shot at armed robbers."
    Fans of an expansionist Second Amendment insist that permit holders are almost always good sober citizens. No doubt, but some are good sober citizens with itchy trigger fingers.
    The Supreme Court judged gun ownership a personal right and not just one in service of the states' security interests, as federal courts had previously held. But Justice Antonin Scalia's wording seemed to leave plenty of room for most customary gun controls and specifically sustained the common practice of barring weapons from government buildings.
    Still, state legislator Bearden is threatening to breach Atlanta's airport armed and if arrested, as the city promises he will be, make a new federal case out of it. Are publicly owned airports thus government buildings?
    The Supreme Court's ruling answered the big constitutional question but left hanging scores of crucial implementation issues. Atlanta's "showdown" is one of the first in what is sure to be a crossfire that will last year after year.

  3. #3
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Catasauqua, Pennsylvania, USA
    Posts
    3,047

    Post imported post

    "High Noon"

    Yellow flag on Tom Teepen: Wild-West cliche in story title. Not worth reading... 10 yard penalty, second down.

  4. #4
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Castle Rock, Colorado, USA
    Posts
    779

    Post imported post

    I think I'll print that out and use it as toilet fodder...oh wait, apparently it's been used already...

  5. #5
    Campaign Veteran deepdiver's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Southeast, Missouri, USA
    Posts
    5,974

    Post imported post

    "The city has barred guns from its airport, despite a contrary statute enacted by the state legislature this year"

    That is really the entire story right there. This has nothing to do with SCOTUS. The state passed a law. The city said "F*** you duly and properly elected state legislators. It's our hot airport, we'll do what we want." To make it out to be anything else is specious and insincere.
    Bob Owens @ Bearing Arms (paraphrased): "These people aren't against violence; they're very much in favor of violence. They're against armed resistance."

  6. #6
    Founder's Club Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Graham, Texas
    Posts
    313

    Post imported post

    imperialism2024 wrote:
    "High Noon"

    Yellow flag on Tom Teepen: Wild-West cliche in story title. Not worth reading... 10 yard penalty, second down.

    Hahaha!

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •