Liberty Dies A Little Bit More in Tennessee Thanks to The Drug War

Yesterday, I was boasting in my state Senator. As one commenter said: Sounds like the United States Constitution—are we going to start using that again?

From the Tennessean:

The Tennessee Senate approved a bill Tuesday that would let gun owners carry their weapons openly without a permit.

Lawmakers voted 25-2 to pass a measure filed by state Sen. Mae Beavers that would do away with the requirement that gun owners go through a background check, receive training and obtain a permit before carrying a handgun in public. Gun owners would have to get a permit only if they plan to conceal their weapons.

But…

A day after the TN Senate passed a good, freedom-supporting bill… the House turns around and shows that stupidity still inhabits the halls in Nashville.

Supporters of a watered-down version of Gov. Bill Haslam’s anti-methamphetamine legislation approved by the House on Wednesday believe it will help in the fight against the drug’s production across the state, even though it’s not as tough as they would like.

The House overwhelmingly voted 80-17 in favor of the proposal that would set an annual cap of 150 days’ worth of allergy and cold medicines like Sudafed that could be bought without a prescription. Over-the-counter remedies that include pseudoephedrine are abused by people who make methamphetamine with the ingredient.

The House version is double the amount envisioned under Haslam’s previous proposal that has been adopted in the Senate.

The Republican governor’s original proposal would have established a monthly limit of 2.4 grams of pseudoephedrine, or a 10-day maximum dose, before requiring a pharmacist to authorize another 10 days’ worth before getting a doctor’s prescription.

Facing resistance over that measure, the governor later removed the pharmacist element, and instead proposed a 4.8-gram month maximum and an annual cap of 14.4 grams. That proposal was adopted in the Senate. The House version sets a 5.8-gram monthly cap and annual limit of 28.8 grams.

1 – Criminals don’t obey laws—they find ways around them (because they’re apparently smarter than the average politician).

2 – I guess this is another “support your local pharmacy and doctor” piece of legislation, since those with severe allergies will now be socked with more expenses, just to endure allergy season.

3 – Did they even consider that a family of six (like mine) might need a higher limit than a single person? Nah. Why use logic when you’re crafting mindless, knee-jerk laws?