Thursday, May 20, 2010


Good riddance

So, Metro-Nashville Police Chief Ronal Serpas has done left town to become superintendent of the New Orleans Police Department. Good riddance, I say.

Not only did our former chief o' police buy into leftist hyperbole concerning the state legislature's efforts to allow folks with handgun carry permits to go into restaurants without unloading, so to speak, he didn't do shit about the getting-worse-by-the-day gang problem in South Nashville.

As soon as the General Assembly started debating legislation to allow carry permit holders to, well, carry into establishments that serve alcohol, leftist state reps and senators, and their enablers in the media, dubbed the proposed legislation the "guns in bars" bill. Pass the bill, they said, and every dive bar from Memphis to Kingsport would become a shooting gallery.

Never mind that the same assortment of shipdits' snot-snorting warnings about the handgun permit bill itself -- the "Wild West bill" would turn Tennessee into Tombstone 2.0 -- never came to pass, Ronal Serpas lapped up what they were pouring, hook, line and sinker at a December meeting of the Nashville Kiwanis Club:

"I would hope (the legislature) would focus as much attention on keeping criminals behind bars as letting people go in bars with guns. ...

"[T]he legislature [is] selling ... the fear of crime. ... 'Don't go in O'Charley's without a gun because you are going to get killed.' I thought that was some of the most reprehensible politics I have ever seen in my life. Makes you so in fear of crime you think you need a gun at O'Charley's!"

No, chief, the folks who support allowing law-abiding carry permit holders to tote their weapons into restaurants and bars have never been motivated by "fear" (that's something someone who's watched Michael Moore's Bowling for Columbine too many times would posit). Indeed, the motivation for said legislation is, and always been, about fairness.

I mean, why should an ordinary Joe (!) who has a carry permit not be allowed to carry his gun into a restaurant if, as the legislation requires, he's not gonna imbibe? Did/does Serpas and his ilk really think that such non-drinking ordinary Joes are really gonna start squeezing indiscriminate caps into their fellow restaurant patrons?

Given that revocation of carry permits is an extremely rare event (Google "carry permit revocation" if'n you don't believe me), no one - and I mean no one - should put any stock in the bloviations Ronal Serpas uncorked when he was channeling his inner Michael Moore ... literally and figuratively.

All that said, why I'm glad to see Ronal Serpas leave Nashville is 'cause o' this ...

And 'cause o' this ...

Hamilton Church Road

Bart Drive (today)

Bart Drive (same place, a few weeks ago)

Apache Trail

Franklin Limestone Road

Wallace Road

Tusculum Road

Haywood Lane

Richards Road (one)

Richards Road (two)

I'm hoping, and praying, that Nashville's next police chief does his, or her, level best to rid our fair city of Brown Pride, SUR 13, et al.

Just so long as we don't get any more leftist standup routines from our chief o' police.


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