After arrest, Rep. Curry Todd 'should be held to higher standard,' pro-gun right argues

AP111019031975.jpg An article on the website of the far-right John Birch Society's magazine The New American lays into Collierville Republican state Rep. Curry Todd over his October arrest on suspicion of drunken driving and possession of a handgun while intoxicated. Earlier in the year, Todd had sponsored in the Tennessee House a bill, which later became law, allow gun owners to carry in restaurants. Democrats and gun-control groups piled on in the weeks after the arrest, but writer Bob Adelmann argues in The New American that the pro-gun right must also hold Todd accountable -- for discrediting the cause. He links to a similar argument from firearms instructor and author Mark Walker:

The biggest challenge resulting from Curry's arrest was the response from responsible gun owners horrified by one of their own publicly stumbling so obviously over a law that he himself wrote and worked to get passed. Mark Walters, an NRA-certified instructor and co-author of Lessons From Armed America, wrote a difficult but thoughtful response to Curry's arrest:

Without a doubt, this is one of the hardest Ordinary Guy columns I have ever written. I like Curry Todd and applaud him for the gains he has made in Tennessee fighting for the rights of all law-abiding gun owners. He has been a guest on [my] Armed American Radio show and I stand by all of his efforts and his years of fighting for our rights....

Let's set the record straight. Rep. Todd has been charged, not convicted. Rep. Todd was accused of driving drunk. Rep. Todd is charged with being in possession of a handgun while intoxicated. Rep. Todd refused a breathalyzer test. Rep. Todd never had a hand on his gun, wasn't waving it around and shooting at street signs while hootin' and hollerin' and weaving down the road. Rep. Todd is innocent until proven guilty.

All of that is true, but none of it matters. Here's why. As law-abiding gun owners, we are and should be held to a higher standard. We have chosen to arm ourselves with deadly force and as a result we have a responsibility to behave accordingly. As not only a CCW [Carrying a Concealed Weapon] holder in Tennessee, but also the man who championed the right to carry in restaurants and bars by reminding the media of our law-abiding statistics, Mr. Todd must be held to an even stricter standard. Put mildly, Mr. Todd isn't allowed to make those human mistakes. Period....

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