published Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Video: Gun-carrying candidate on gun rights

  • Gun-carrying candidate on gun rights
    Carrying a concealed .22-caliber handgun to a Times Free Press editorial board meeting, Knox County Republican Van Irion, a candidate for Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District seat, said citizens should be able to carry guns without permits.
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Patrick Smith is the videographer for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He is a graduate of Western Kentucky University’s photojournalism program. He has split his time between shooting still photos and video for the newspaper’s website since 2007. A native of Bloomington, Ill., Patrick completed internships with the U.S. Army Public Affairs Office and the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since joining the Times Free Press, Patrick has been honored with several awards, including first place ...

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pemallardepbfi said...

If you think that showing this video cut up into sections strikes fear in anyone you are sorely mistaken. I carry as do a lot of people in Tenn. it's our RIGHT to do that. And the Constitution guarantees that. I have a permit, as do a lot of Tennesseans. You can go to the above links to see van unedited. When you see the whole picture instead of what the editor wants you to see, it lets you make up your own mind. A lot of people carry in Tenn. the editors at the Times Free Press need to realize that these are law abiding citizens that have the RIGHT to carry. Van doesn't have to justify carrying to you or anyone else. Most people know not to ask it someone is carrying, he only told you as a courtesy.

June 23, 2010 at 7:44 a.m.
sasquatch said...

This is why I have been uploading raw video of the candidates. The media slant has turned into a tool of biased groups. No wonder the papers are failing.

Go here to see the candidates raw and unedited:

(Push episode archive)

June 23, 2010 at 7:48 a.m.
harrystatel said...

This man bears watching--he's honest, open, and not afraid of the media. Good for him!

It's nice to see a Republican candidate that's not a political hack like Smith.

June 23, 2010 at 9:03 a.m.
MountainJoe said...

I love Van's "closing" statement (at least, the way they edited it). "Shall not be infringed" is beyond interpretation ... it means, "shall not be infringed." Now that's my kind of candidate!

June 23, 2010 at 9:27 a.m.
gjuster said...

I was in the room when Van was being grilled - not interviewed. I am proud of how he held his ground and unabashedly upheld the Constitution and Capitalism to a very hostile group of left leaning editors. The shock on their face when they found out he was "packing" is one I won't forget soon.

June 23, 2010 at 11:41 a.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

Van gets the 2nd Ammendment. He obviously understands the original intent and understands responsible gun ownership and how to deal with mis-use of guns. This guy is the real McCoy!

June 28, 2010 at 4:55 p.m.
1957guy said...

Here is something many citizens do not consider during the debate over the 2nd Amendment as it relates to legal "shall not be infringed" carry:

In 1856, the U.S. Supreme Court (South v. Maryland) found that law enforcement officers had no affirmative duty to provide protection to the Citizens. In 1982 (Bowers v. DeVito), the Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit held, "...there is no Constitutional right to be protected by the state against being murdered by criminals or madmen. I found at least 9 other Court cases in lesser Courts that have held the same.

So, if the Police have NO Constitutional obligation to protect us, do I then assume that in the world that liberals create I have no right to protect myself as well? And if I, as an individual, have no right to protect myself and the Police have no responsibility to protect me either......we just let the criminals have their way? I'll pass. I support Van for his common sense Constituional views.

When seconds count, the Police are only minutes away...

July 16, 2010 at 3:02 p.m.
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