Via the wonderful folks at the Nashvillest and the charming Caleb Hannan at Pith, we learn that Forbes has ranked the most dangerous cities in the nation and Tennessee has made the list twice–Memphis at #2 and Nashville at #9. As Hannan points out, we’re more dangerous than the city The Wire was based in.
And, frankly, it’s for this reason that I’m opposed to any gun control in Tennessee.
When you listen to why people in the State want guns, they’re saying a lot of things that we Democrats need to hear. Why do people want guns?
Most people have some pretty ordinary and understandable reasons for wanting to have guns. They want to be able to protect their families. They want to feel safe in their own homes and communities. They want to be able to feed their families. They have seen what happens to people who have their guns stripped from them by the Government, that they then become easy targets for nefarious people.
I’m not going to begrudge the single mother in a shitty neighborhood in Memphis a gun. It might not be a choice I would make and I might have to play all “But what if your kids find it and shoot you or themselves,” as is my way as a liberal, but I’m not going to begrudge her having one.
I’m not going to begrudge the man who takes his son out and spends weekends filling their deep-freeze with deer meat, meat they otherwise couldn’t be able to afford.
I’m not going to begrudge the rape victim who now has a gun in her purse.
I’m not going to begrudge the African American man who says, “Hell no if I’m going to let the Government disarm me again” when our State has such a long and ugly history of pretending like the 2nd Amendment doesn’t apply to Black people.
What I am going to do, though, is say that we, as Democrats DO BELIEVE that it is a societal failure that we’re at this point. No one in Tennessee should have to live in a neighborhood where they are afraid for their lives and the lives of their children. No one in Tennessee should be afraid to call the police for fear that involving the authorities will cause more problems than it solves. No one should be terrified to think of how they’re going to put food on their family’s tables. And we damn sure should be aware and ashamed of how gun control has been used in this State to disarm oppressed communities in order to make it easier to keep them down.
What we need to do is to hear what the gun owners are really saying and to show how our policies would help them meet their goals.
You know, if we have any policies that would help them meet their goals.
I’m still unclear about that.
I’m assuming that most Democrats see it as an abject failure that we make up 1/5 of the top ten most dangerous cities.
But maybe they don’t.
Or maybe I’ll break off into my own subset of the TNDP and say that, for the record, “The TNBDP is damn tired of talking about gun control and is ready to start talking about what we can do to fix our communities.”