Oct 11 2006
09:55 am

Apparently there was some kind of brouhaha on the gun blogs about Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam signing on to a mayor's conference resolution to work against the proliferation of illegal guns.

Naturally, the gun bloggers concluded that Haslam had signaled his clear intent to unilaterally throw out the 2nd Amendment and invite NY Mayor Bloomberg's anti-gun SWAT task force down to confiscate all their AK-47s and AR-15s using the secret illegal gun registry maintained by the KPD and the ATF and Hillary Clinton.

To the bunkers, men! The Yankees are coming and there's already one of them in Knoxville City Hall!

Uber-wingnut Steve Gill called Halsam out for a high-noon showdown, and tried to get him to renounce his position against illegal guns. Volunteer Voters has the audio.

To his credit, Haslam would not back down. He said he doesn't understand why anyone would not want illegal guns off the street, and invited Gill down to the KPD evidence room to see what they were talking about. Good for Mayor Haslam.

Sometimes a little common sense goes a long way.

(UPDATE: I forgot to mention, kudos to SayUncle for poking a stick at the Mayor and prompting a reaction. No matter what you think about the program, it's always interesting when the powers that be take blogs seriously.)

SayUncle's picture

The issue isn't that he

The issue isn't that he wants to target illegal guns (most politicos do and its not a bad thing). The issue is that he has allied himself with an organization that is clearly anti-gun and has targeted lawful gun dealers.

Can't we all just get a long gun?

SayUncle's picture

The end result is that

The end result is that illegal guns hit the street.

Yes and they always will. Read an article yesterday where England has an increasing gun crime problem. Funny, since guns are effectively banned there.

When there is a gun death or wounding in NYC, more often than not, the provenance of the weapon is from outside NYC.

Of course it does. Guns are effectively banned there, unless your last name is DeNiro or Giuliani or your loaded. Say, are they gonna prosecute that 53 year old, wheel-chair bound grandmother for shooting her mugger? She was, after all, afoul of NYC's gun laws.

you can buy relatively large numbers of guns over a short period of time with no meaningful record keeping?

Any gun bought at any dealer's place is sold using ATF Form 4473. If you purchase more than 3 in one week's time, a dealer is required to notify the ATF.

because he wouldn't touch guns in Tennessee

He's not even in PA and he's touching them there.

Here's an idea: put gang bangers in jail and keep them there. I know, it's a simplistic solution but one that would likely work.

Can't we all just get a long gun?

SayUncle's picture

I was unclear and should

I was unclear and should have stated 'gang bangers who commit violent crime.' Not just membership in and of itself.

'So Bloomberg was elected to office in PA? '

No. but he was there pushing his anti-gun agenda.

'was she licensed to have the gun?'

Yes. she was illegally carrying it.

'I'd like to remind you that gun ownership is not illegal in NYC and it isn't terribly expensive to obtain an permit'

No, it's not illegal. It takes in excess of a year and costs about $600 according to a reader. Given that he was buying a $480 handgun, I'd say that's quite expensive.

'I have long maintained that gun advocates are often the one's least likely to have experienced gun violence. No stats, just a feeling.'

I'd say that's probably accurate. And due to location. I would dare say the average urbanite (who is likely anti-gun or has no interest in guns) is more likely to run into random gun crime than a rural person (who is likely to be pro-gun) is. In rural areas, gun crime seems to be among people who know each other.

'I have been on the wrong end of a pistol twice in my life.'

I've been on the right end twice. And no one got killed, though the guy I witnessed having his head beat by 6 other guys had to go to the ER.

'I don't think that people shouldn't have guns -- it's their right to have them. I think they should be regulated like any other person engaged in a myriad of other dangerous practices would be regulated.'

Of course. everyone just disagrees on what those regulations should be.

Can't we all just get a long gun?

SayUncle's picture

'You were powerless without

'You were powerless without it otherwise.'

No, I wasn't. but it helped.

'Where power ends, violence begins'

Then why didn't violence break out? in both situations, violence was stopped.

Can't we all just get a long gun?

Les Jones's picture

I'm not fully up to speed on

I'm not fully up to speed on the Mayors Against Guns, but any group that supports microstamping is up to no good.

AB 352 would have required that, starting in 2009, the interior surface or internal working parts of all newly-designed semiautomatic handguns in California be etched with a microscopic array of characters that identify the make, model, and serial number of the firearm. These characters will transfer to each cartridge case when the firearm is fired, allowing police officers to match a cartridge case found at a crime scene to the gun that fired it. This legislation would have made California the first state in the nation to require handgun microstamping.

There's no gun that could do what that bill requires (namely, imprinting its make, model and serial number on the cartridge case when fired), so microstamping legislation would effectively ban new gun sales.


Step 1. Make all guns illegal.

Step 2. Take those now-illegal guns off the street. 

Hey, Les, why don't we just call each other assholes and get it over with. - Somebody on the old (if that was you, claim your quote and win net.fame!)

Factchecker's picture

Non sequitur of the day

...microstamping legislation would effectively ban new gun sales.


Step 1. Make all guns illegal.

Do you mean make all new guns illegal, starting more than 2 yrs out?  (As if there aren't enough to go around now, or that we couldn't buy enough before 2009 to do whatever it is we want them for--and that is again what??)

Step 2. Take those now-illegal guns off the street. 

2nd non sequitur.   When you say "off the street" do you mean removing them from the supply chain going to gun dealers?  Or jack-booted thugs going door-to-door at Hillary's behest?

Les Jones's picture

"we want them for--and that

"we want them for--and that is again what???"

Shooting bad guys. Ducks. Paper targets. Coke cans. Etc.

Hey, Les, why don't we just call each other assholes and get it over with. - Somebody on the old (if that was you, claim your quote and win net.fame!)

Number9's picture

To his credit, Haslam would

To his credit, Haslam would not back down.

Have you read Bloomberg's material? Haslam made a mistake, not backing down as you say is more about trying not to admit he made a mistake. There is no common sense in Bloomberg's new movement.

Chuck Dhue's picture

Haslam's "Gas for Guns" Program

Hey Billy, if you want to get rid of illegal guns on the street, why don't you offer unconditional amnesty and a "Gas for Guns" day. Give out a $100 gas card for each firearm surrendered.

Number9's picture

In a criminal attack were

In a criminal attack where mere seconds mean life or death what do you choose, 911 or 1911? I would rather run, call for help, do anything possible, but the right to protect yourself and your family is a civil right. Bloomberg is wrong and Haslam made a mistake. You can parse this until you drop from exhaustion.

The mission statement of Mayors Against Illegal Guns tells you all you need to know.

Our only interest is in fighting crime — and we are determined to win. The polarizing rhetoric of gun politics on all sides only obscures the tragic reality we see every day on our streets: violent criminals with easy access to firearms.

Even our more liberal friends can understand what is meant by “easy access to firearms”. It means for those of you in downtown Knoxville on the sixth floor that the intent is to make it very difficult to have access to purchase firearms.



if haslam wants to be bloombergs buttboy,why don't he just move up there and stay?

talidapali's picture


nice try...four years late to the go play in the street.

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