During his visit to Corning Elementary in Frayser on Thursday, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's commented on Present Barack Obama's far-reaching gun proposals.
The gun control agenda that President Obama unveiled Wednesday now faces an uncertain fate in a divided Congress, where Republican opposition remains steadfast and Democrats remained noncommittal. But the president made it clear that his 23 executive orders will not have much of a bite without something much more substantive from Congress.
"As important as these steps are, they are in no way a substitute for action from members of Congress," Me, Obama said on Wednesday in an address to the nation. "To make a real and lasting difference, Congress too must act."
In the meantime guns, ammo and accessories like magazines with much more than a 10-round limit continue to fly off shelves in guns shops nationwide.
Following a tour of Corning Elementary, one of the schools taken over by the state in an effort to improve performance, Gov. Haslam said he was pleased with the progress of the school. Afterward, he commented on the president's gun proposals in what is in store for the Volunteer state.
"I think there are certain things that are states rights," the governor said. "I don't think that, the question earlier was that can we arrest federal agents who come to enforce the law, I personally am not sure we have the power to do that. You know, in terms of what laws get settled on a federal law and which get settled on a state law basis, I will be honest with you I don't know how that will work out yet."
For the time being nothing is going to happen as far as gun proposals on the state level in Tennessee although gov. Haslam has said he is in favor of armed guards in schools.
In the meantime one thing is for certain, gun stores will continue to sell more guns and ammo on the chance that something definitive will happen and certain items will be banned.