Of the triad that is House Leadership of consequence, Harwell, Maggart, and McCormick (all knowing that Speaker Pro Tempore Judd Matheny has been ostracized from that group for his Conservative stances and staunch support of reassertion of Rights relative to self protection by the Citizen), perhaps Harwell and Maggart can, while be not excused, at least understood in their actions by being true to their never changed apparent denial of concern for, or, a tendency to support 2nd Amendment or firearms issues.
McCormick on the other hand, purports to be a 2nd Amendment supporter, chronicled below is his slow slide from Champion to detractor:
Evidenced by his statement July 13, 2011:
“This Task Force will study ways we can protect the Second Amendment rights of Tennesseans and will make recommendations to our Majority about good public policy we all can support,” said Majority Leader Gerald McCormick said in a statement announcing the move. “I think this is a worthwhile effort to streamline the process and build consensus within the General Assembly.”
From that attempt to chest thump and align with 2nd Amendment supporters to this recent pronouncement relative to the issue from Oct. 17, 2011:http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2011/oct/17/mccormick-house-gop-firearms-task-force-continue/?mobile
Majority Leader Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga, said he decided the group, which is looking at expansion of Tennessee’s handgun-carry permit laws, would go on after House Speaker Pro Tempore Judd Matheny, R-Tullahoma, who is the panel’s vice chair, voiced interest in taking over as chairman.
“I just decided to keep it going,” said McCormick, who weighed over the weekend whether to disband the panel in order to focus more on job-related issues. “I still say it’s not going to be a top legislative priority by any means.”
To this statement Jan. 18, 2012:http://www.wsmv.com/story/16374305/lawmakers-prepare-to-tackle-controversial-issues
"I think our focus will not be on gun issues, it will be on economic development and jobs, job creation,"
Finally, his most recent rejoinder:http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765550657/GOP-cool-to-possibility-of-Rep-Bass-party-switch.html?s_cid=s10
Republican House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick of Chattanooga said he's heard that Bass has been mulling a party switch for the last two or three years, but said he is satisfied with potential GOP candidates considering a bid in House District 65.
"I'd rather he'd stay where he is, to tell the truth," McCormick said. "He's not doing himself any favors running that gun bill."
I leave it to the reader to decide...
"It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds." Samuel Adams
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Chapter Leader, West TN Regional Chapter