Obama wants to restrict guns in Nashville, Beretta wants to make them

President Obama was in Nashville yesterday paying a visit to McGavock High School on the heels of Tuesday’s State of the Union address. It’s no accident he chose this school at this time, reeling as McGavock still is after a recent shooting there.

Given Obama’s focus on gun control in Tuesday’s speech — even going so far as to suggest he will work around Congress if they refuse to pass legislation that restricts 2nd Amendment rights — it’s a very focused move to test the temperature of a community that may be ready for the discussion in a way they haven’t been in the past. Tragedy has a way of doing that:

“It’s a tragedy, a terrible tragedy,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters on Air Force One. “The president will obviously speak about matters of education at the event, but I think you can expect he will have something to say about the tragedy at the top of his remarks.”

The shooting that left 15-year-old Kevin Barbee dead happened Tuesday. Another teenager was playing with a pistol when it discharged, striking Barbee in the face.

Then again, given a recent decision to expand into the state by firearm manufacturer Beretta, he may have more of an uphill climb than he suspects. Economic tragedy has a way of doing that:

“Beretta is one of the world’s greatest companies, and their decision to expand into Tennessee speaks to the standards of craftsmanship and quality our state’s workforce embraces every day,” Haslam said in an announcement. “Attracting a legendary company like Beretta reinforces our goal of becoming the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high-quality jobs. I want to thank the Beretta family for their substantial investment in Tennessee and the 300 jobs they’ll create in Sumner County.”


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