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TN Capitol Rallies: 1,000 Pro-Gun, 200 Pro-Life (?)

Carr Addresses Pro-Gun Gathering
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — At least 1,000 people gathered on the Legislative Plaza across from the Capitol building in Nashville to show their support for gun rights.
The “Guns Across America” rallies are being held in state capitols nationwide. Activists have promoted the rallies primarily via social media. They’re being held days after President Barack Obama unveiled a sweeping package of gun-control proposals.
Many who came to the Nashville event carried signs and flags with messages like “Don’t tread on me.” A few also carried guns.
Republican State Rep. Joe Carr of Lascassas told the crowd that “.any assault on the Second Amendment is an attack on any amendment.”
Carr has introduced a bill that would slap federal officials with a misdemeanor charge for enforcing the new proposals.

Note: The Tennessean story has the gun rally crowd at “more than 500.” There’s also this quote from Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Bill Ketron: “I say, ‘No.’ I say, ‘Don’t tread on me.’ “

Anti-abortion Rally Marks Roe v. Wade Anniversary
Approximately 200 people gathered on the steps of the State Capitol to listen to guest speakers and show support for unborn life at the Right to Life Rally hosted by Tennessee Right to Life, reports the Tennessean.

“It was a healthy crowd,” said TRL President Brian Harris. “The Supreme Court certainly didn’t do us any favors making this ruling in the dead of winter, but this crowd shows our commitment (to) take a stand for human life.”
The rally coincides with the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion. Tuesday will mark its 40th anniversary. Clergymen, laymen and children were among those in attendance, many holding signs with various Bible verses and anti-abortion phrases.
Kelly Lang clutched a black sign that read “I Regret My Abortion.” “There is so much pain that comes with it,” she said. “Lots of women don’t realize the emotional pain you carry.”

Rep. Scott DesJarlais’ Writes an ‘Open Letter to Supporters’

An ‘Open Letter to My Supporters’ from 4th District Congressman Scott DesJarlais, passed along by a recepient:
You have probably seen the recent media coverage regarding details of my divorce from over a decade ago. I had genuinely hoped this election would be about my record in Congress – not a 12 year old divorce.
Unfortunately, my opponent is making the same types of accusations Lincoln Davis used in 2010 when he ran what was described as the nastiest campaign in the nation in an attempt to dominate the headlines.
I know that many of you were disappointed to hear the news regarding allegations of a relationship I had while separated during my divorce proceedings. I am deeply sorry for that. But what was reported in the media was not only inaccurate, it doesn’t even begin to tell the whole story.
First, there was never any pregnancy and there was no abortion. Second, my ex-wife and I had been separated for quite some time before this incident. There was an agreement in our separation that both she and I could see other people while finalizing the divorce. To say that I had a mistress or that I had an affair is inaccurate. Third, the media wrongly reported that I recorded the conversation myself. I was recorded unknowingly and without my consent.

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Huckabee Draws 700 to Knoxville Pro-Life Event

A crowd of about 700 attended Mike Huckabee’s Knoxville speech at a $75 per person fundraiser for pro-life causes, reports Georgina Vines. The event was held by the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform and the Palm Christian Ministry.
State Rep. Jimmy Matlock, R-Lenoir City, was among those attending and predicted Huckabee, who won Tennessee in the 2008 Republican presidential primary, will run again in 2012.
“He plays strong in the South. He will do well in Tennessee again. I expect him to jump into this thing again because there is no front-runner. Most people like his demeanor, whether they go along with his philosophy or not. He’s not hateful or ugly,” Matlock said.
Huckabee takes time to talk with people, looking them straight in the eye. He doesn’t try to hurry anyone along so he can meet the next person in line. Many on Monday carried copies of his latest book, “A Simple Government,” for him to sign. The book was sold during the event.
Some 40 pro-choice demonstrators appeared at the Convention Center after Huckabee entered. Armstrong said while Huckabee didn’t see that, he learned about them later.