Haslam on the Spot

Knoxville City Councilman Steve Hall is forcing his colleagues to a vote on the guns-in-parks ordinance, though it has been put off for several weeks, ostensibly to have a public hearing. Mayor Bill Haslam would be happy if the issue went away; he doesn’t need a controversial issue on council in the midst of his race for governor. Haslam has avoided taking a position on the issue. His parks and recreation director favors a ban and brought it to council originally.

It will be passing strange if the issue comes up for a vote on council and Haslam does not argue one way or the other. His opponents in the gubernatorial race are no doubt enjoying his discomfiture and will be looking forward to the time it comes up for a vote.

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markomd writes:

I'm all for the 2nd Amendment, but we'd have to be idiots to allow handguns in public parks (or bars). Maybe our Mayor is afraid that the looneys will accuse him of opposing the 2nd Amendment and favoring proper gun control? Haslam should get off his lazy butt and spend a little political capital on protecting Knoxvillians from themselves. He might even find that it helps polish his reputation as a competent mayor.

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