It’s deadass easier to get a gun than a strippers license in Tennessee
The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school shooting that occurred two weeks ago was a tragedy that spoke volumes.
It brought to question the oversight of the FBI, who had been tipped off several times before the incident happened, even prompting the FBI to admit that it did not follow regulations upon receiving notice of the evolving danger.
The shooting sparked a world-wide debate regarding gun laws, prompting the Trump administration to speak on the provisionary measures scheduled to be taken through legislation in wake of the 18 school shootings we’ve so far had in 2018.
While the brave victims, as well as our nation, are still healing from the heartbreaking events, we have witnessed a national outcry which has stretched across media, activists, and borders.
Strippers are no strangers to inequality and being stigmatized for their work, but two dancers have used their profession to address the political and legislative climate of their home state of Tennessee.
Tennessee has a loose grasp on gun laws, with regulations that make acquiring a firearm much easier than a stripper’s license.
In the video, a man walks up to the booth as the women, whose dancer names are Mary Jane Watson and Miss Pepper Pots, have set up outside their strip club Deja Vu Showgirls, offering a dance for $15, or an AR-15 rifle for $1,100
The man then asks if it’s legal for them to be selling guns.
“We can do a private firearms transfer,” Watson responds. When asked if they need some form of identification, they respond that all that’s needed is the money.
In response to the customers shock, they respond that for a couch dance, a background check, fingerprints and two recent passport photos are needed in order to undergo the two-week waiting period to get approved.
Speaking to WSMV, Mary Jane says that she has felt like a criminal when going through dancing ordinance.
“I’m like, ‘man, is this what this is supposed to feel like?’ I didn’t think I was doing anything wrong, but they definitely make you feel like that.”
Joe Carr, a former member of Tennessee’s House of Representatives who’d proposed a gun control law ban in the past, wasn’t too happy about the video, telling WSMV in an interview that it fails to make it’s point.
“All stunts are meant to generate publicity, and I think this is kind of tragic with what happened in Florida in the school down there and what has happened in a number of schools over the past few years. It should not be minimized by sensational antics by a handful of women in front of a gentleman’s club.”
I disagree. I think it’s important to point out the hypocrisy in our laws and raise the inquisition of why this is okay.
And it’s not just Tennessee. Check out the full list of each state and its gun laws. You’d be surprised how easy it is to get your hands on firearms.
It’s definitely time to rethink our levels of regulation.