Alabama Supporters of Constitutional Carry Have ‘Mental Problems,’ Says Lawmaker

Alabama state Sen. Vivian Davis Figures.  (Photo: Facebook)

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. Whoever wrote that must be “mental,” at least if we are to believe the opinion of Alabama State Sen. Vivian Davis Figures.

In a committee hearing this week on SB 4, a Constitutional carry bill, the Democratic senator who represents Mobile, accused supporters of the legislation of having “some mental problems” during an incoherent rant.

“[W]hy would you want to do certain things that really put people at greater risk?” Sen. Davis Figures said, rhetorically, to guest speaker Todd Adkins of the NRA.

“You even want to repeal a part of the law that’s in place now about carrying weapons into a demonstration, where everyone knows that the emotions are high,” she exclaimed. “…And we also know (Arizona) Congresswoman (Gabby) Giffords was actually shot during that time, during a demonstration. Why would you want to take away the presumption of intent? That somebody could just shoot someone else and not even have intent, to repeal that. I really don’t understand it.”

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None of those concerns have anything to do with SB 4, which would simply allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms without having to obtain a permit and pay the licensing fee.

The blathering continued.

“I’ve always gotten an ‘F’ from the National Rifle Association and that’s a proud ‘F’ that I receive… I just don’t understand the mentality of what you guys or – or what you guys continue to push to do,” she said. “Particularly, with all the gun violence that is happening, to allow a person to be able to get a gun who has mental problems – to me that says the person who’s pushing that has some mental problems. They don’t understand why people with mental issues shouldn’t have a weapon.”

Constitutional carry legislation does not make it lawful for prohibited persons, including those adjudicated “mentally defective,” to carry concealed firearms. As mentioned, it simply allows law-abiding citizens to carry concealed as the founders intended.  It’s really not that hard a concept to understand.

Sen. Davis Figures is, to be modest, deeply confused about the issue.  As noted in the past, opposition to Constitutional carry fails the smell test for the following reasons:

  1. In Alabama, a background check is required at the point-of-sale when one purchases a firearm from a licensed dealer.  Those with disqualifying mental health records will fail the background check and not be allowed to take possession of the gun.  Additionally, they should be prosecuted for attempting to purchase a gun in the first place.
  2. Aside from in a vehicle, open carry without a permit is legal in Alabama. In other words, any lawful citizen can already carry a firearm without having to undergo another background check.
  3. Speaking of law-abiding citizens, they’re not the problem here! Criminals are the problem. You know, bad guy with guns! But they, as we all know, will carry concealed firearms irrespective of what the law says. Moreover, given their criminal history, they are already banned from merely possessing, let alone, carrying firearms in the first place.
  4. Seventeen states have passed Constitutional Carry laws and, thus far, not one has descended into chaos and disorder. Not one.
  5. The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

A similar bill to SB 4 cleared the Senate last year but got shot down in the House.  We’ll see what happens this legislative session.  Hopefully, lawmakers will see through the unfounded fears and nonsense being perpetuated by Sen. Davis Figures and her ilk.

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  • Rusty Burnside April 24, 2019, 12:29 pm

    (Legislators have) “some mental problems” during an incoherent rant? I think the mental problems are yours, Senator. Incoherent rants are ALWAYS the Left’s providence. Especially when they don’t know what they are talking about. AOC is a prime example.

  • C.s. April 23, 2019, 9:29 pm

    And so with her comments about us, can we assume the same applies for her as a Dem. Stupid.

  • Offitt harless April 23, 2019, 10:26 am

    Vivian,
    While you just don\’t get it, apparently you are in a sworn oth to uphold our constitution of the USA. Is that not correct? While you are allowed to vote in your own raises for the following starting term as well as the benefits that nobody else gets as a blue collored worker. How about we take away your rights to receive those golden fleeced benefits you feel so ENTITLED to? Your kinds of political stupidity is what jas gotten the USA in partly the situation it is in! Blame everyone but the one who should be. Sue the manufacturers of the product because of advertisements it produced, lets not sue big pharma because of their possible drug repercussions for taking them and making people go off. Or, prescriptions that end up killing innocent people because of side effects. Lets not hold the pharma responsible. Yet it is ok to punish the innocent for everything somebody else does. You say, \”You just don\’t understand, that the person who wrote that must be a mental case? Perhaps, just maybe you need to go back and re-read your history books again! Perhaps YOU, mam are in the wrong business to begin with! You just dont under stand that \” THOSE WHO NEVER LEARN FROM HISTORY ARE DESTINED TO REPEAT IT\” take a look at some of those just from WWII! Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, need i go on. Those unfortunates living under their rules did have arms as well, at least until they were taken away! Then they had NOTHING TO FIGHT BACK WITH AND DEFEND THEMSELVES! Oh but wait that can\’t happen in today\’s world can it? Let\’s see, hmm how about the clensings that happend in africa less than 25 yrs ago.? Ring a bell? Yes perhaps you should RE-LEARN HISTORY! Or are you just trying to re-write it?

  • Offitt harless April 23, 2019, 10:25 am

    Vivian,
    While you just don’t get it, apparently you are in a sworn oth to uphold our constitution of the USA. Is that not correct? While you are allowed to vote in your own raises for the following starting term as well as the benefits that nobody else gets as a blue collored worker. How about we take away your rights to receive those golden fleeced benefits you feel so ENTITLED to? Your kinds of political stupidity is what jas gotten the USA in partly the situation it is in! Blame everyone but the one who should be. Sue the manufacturers of the product because of advertisements it produced, lets not sue big pharma because of their possible drug repercussions for taking them and making people go off. Or, prescriptions that end up killing innocent people because of side effects. Lets not hold the pharma responsible. Yet it is ok to punish the innocent for everything somebody else does. You say, “You just don’t understand, that the person who wrote that must be a mental case? Perhaps, just maybe you need to go back and re-read your history books again! Perhaps YOU, mam are in the wrong business to begin with! You just dont under stand that ” THOSE WHO NEVER LEARN FROM HISTORY ARE DESTINED TO REPEAT IT” take a look at some of those just from WWII! Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, need i go on. Those unfortunates living under their rules did have arms as well, at least until they were taken away! Then they had NOTHING TO FIGHT BACK WITH AND DEFEND THEMSELVES! Oh but wait that can’t happen in today’s world can it? Let’s see, hmm how about the clensings that happend in africa less than 25 yrs ago.? Ring a bell? Yes perhaps you should RE-LEARN HISTORY! Or are you just trying to re-write it?

  • BRUCE MARSTON April 23, 2019, 10:08 am

    IT APPEARS THAT Ms. DAVIS IS IN NEED OF ONE OF THOSE CANVAS OVERCOATS WITH THE SLEVES THAT TIE IN THE BACK-JUST A HUNCH!

  • Zupglick April 23, 2019, 2:04 am

    The President of Venezuela asked the same questions as he was having privately owned firearms banned.

  • Omega 2 April 23, 2019, 1:46 am

    THE ONLY MENTAL CASE HERE IS THIS FEMALE TWITT WHO NO DOUBT HAS ARMED SECURITY AND OR CARRIES A HAND GUN FOR HER NOW FEAR DUE TO ALL THE CRIMINAL HAPPINGS HERE NOW DAYS! SHE CARES LESS ABOUT THE MILLIONS OF HONEST GUN OWNERS FOR SPORT AND SAFETY WITH HER TAINTED RANT CALLING US ALL MORONS! TYPICAL DUMBORAT LIBERAL MARXIST FOOL!

  • Demoncrats April 23, 2019, 12:34 am

    Ms. Figures should’ve figured she is the one that is mental.

  • SheriffJon April 22, 2019, 11:54 pm

    Ms Figures must have flunked U.S. history, particularly the part about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. I would also guess that she has never had need to call a cop when her safety was threatened. Perhaps she has armed security or lives in a gated community. She needs to understand that the average American can hardly afford such things and hasn’t the strength to carry a police officer around all day. Your safety is your responsibility. If you choose to ignore that fact, you may suffer the consequences. You should also understand that politicians who are determined to take away your Constitutionally guaranteed rights are one of the most important reasons for the Second Amendment. This age should be known as the “age of tyranny” for that is what the gun control fanatics are getting away with. Vote them out! All of them!

  • JungleCogs April 22, 2019, 11:25 pm

    So, our Founders were “Mental”… gee, who knew?

  • Smitty April 22, 2019, 10:07 pm

    Damn. Every time I think that for just once we might possibly not be embarrassed by one of our representatives. Then they have to open their damn mouths. Now I understand why the rest of the country thinks we’re a bunch of dumbass, uneducated, backward, barefooted, retarded, inbred morons. Thank God this woman is not in my District. She is another one of those type of “Damn Democrats” we’ve been trying to rid ourselves of since the 60’s. I hate to say it but when it comes to politics “ALABAMA SUCKS”.

  • JonsOn April 22, 2019, 9:31 pm

    This woman is a deranged maniac. At the least she is ill-informed and ignorant. The problem with gun violence is the criminal. The very criminals that liberal judges left go just because it feels good. Vivian it is because of you and your ilk that we have a 2nd amendment in the first place.

  • ExGob April 22, 2019, 9:03 pm

    Obviously Senator Figures is the one with mental problems if she’s ignorant enough to believe gun ban laws will keep guns out of the hands of anyone other than the law abiding. Criminals love laws that keep targets unarmed. Less resistance from their targets makes it safer, simpler and quicker for their caper.

  • bob onit April 22, 2019, 4:06 pm

    i would think after rereading the militia part ,that if you don’t own a firearm you would be in violation of the constitution

  • Allen Thompson April 21, 2019, 8:52 pm

    I live in fla. I had to have a background check to get my CCW. I already owned firearms annd had for yrs going through background checks every purchase. There shouldnt be a tax or another eaiting period for someone to be able to carry a firearm. I wonder how many politicians actually understand those 4 words “shall not be infringed”?

    • JonsOn April 22, 2019, 9:32 pm

      Not one who has a “D” behind them.

    • Samuel Stephens April 22, 2019, 11:45 pm

      Evidentally this legislator is constitutionally dumb.

  • Mr. Sparkles April 20, 2019, 11:13 pm

    I suggest the honorable senator take heed of my mother’s warning that it is better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool then to open it and remove all doubt.

  • interventor April 20, 2019, 12:08 am

    While, I like the constitutional carry, I also like Alabama’s CCL. Purchasing a firearm is easier because of the strict law. Reciprocal laws in other states allow me to carry in those states.

  • Roger April 19, 2019, 7:38 pm

    I THINK SHE USED TO MUCH BLEACH,IT AFFECTED HER BRAIN. IF YOU CAN’T SUPPORT THE CONSTITUTION THEN GET OUT OF POLITICS.WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR OATH OF OFFICE? DON’T REMEMBER SAYING I WILL DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION AGAINST ALL ENEMIES BOTH FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC. THE OATH I TOOK WHEN I JOINED THE SERVICE OVER 50 YEARS AGO IS STILL USED. IF YOU CAN’T FOLLOW IT THEN GET OUT.

  • Alfonso Alfredo Rodriguez April 19, 2019, 7:24 pm

    Is the Honorable Senator from Alabama a mental health professional? No she is just a wanna be that will as a never has been. Her position is fascist. When all her constituents are disarmed what’s next? wearing seat belts what in the toilet to avoid accidents when heeding nature’s call? that sounds like an efficient use of tax payers money. F—–g idiot.

  • Robert M. Copley April 19, 2019, 6:32 pm

    I want to see a law that requires people to have a permit to buy an alcoholic beverage of any grade, percentage, of alcohol. I also want a law that requires anybody who consumes an alcoholic beverage either at an establishment or home be required to have a breath analyzer lockout system on their automobile or work vehicle.

  • RichieG April 19, 2019, 5:48 pm

    The law in Alabama makes sense. If you have passed the background check to purchase and own a firearm that should be enough to carry it. Why have another hurdle and expense to possess it when you leave home. It can’t do you much good if you need to save your life when it’s not in easy reach ………. like your pocket!

  • Russ April 19, 2019, 4:47 pm

    Here is another example of how democrats just operate on emotion and not common sense. Based on her rants she does not have knowledge of the very subject she is ranting about. Why not educate yourself instead of opening your mouth and proving how ignorant she is.

    • Robert M. Copley April 19, 2019, 6:37 pm

      Understand this, democrats or the Democrat Party does not operate on emotion, they operate on the support of total control of the people and in accordance with the Communist Manifesto. Emotion has absolutely nothing to do with the Democrat thought process, it is all about the destruction of a Constitutional government which by the way, the Constitution has already, along with the Bill of Rights, tossed into “Exile.”
      The Democrat party is a major American Communist movement and the none Democrats want to turn a blind eye to that fact.

    • Winston April 19, 2019, 7:26 pm

      She is a black Democrat whose son was arrested for domestic violence. Some entity lightened her skin tone in that photo.

  • Jerry Jones April 19, 2019, 2:23 pm

    SO…..Where are all of the Mass Graves and Mounds of Dead Bodies from the wild west shoot outs and random killings in the other 17 states that already have Constitutional Carry?

    • Bob Smith April 19, 2019, 7:46 am

      If you’re looking for mounds of dead bodies, go check out your local Planned Parenthood. That’s the only place you’ll find people with mental problems murdering people.

      • skipNclair April 19, 2019, 12:11 pm

        Love your comment

      • skipNclair April 19, 2019, 12:13 pm

        Love your comment, it is something she most likely supports and still sleeps at nightn

      • Robert M. Copley April 20, 2019, 1:42 am

        Damn Straight on that Mr. Bob Smith. The Communist Democrat Party is all about fetal and post-fetal homicide. That is part of their Communist mantra.

  • spunky52 April 19, 2019, 12:57 pm

    What’s really amazing is how many of these people have a mental instability about the constitution of these united states?

  • ronald payne April 19, 2019, 12:14 pm

    What would happen when they try to take away guns in collections worth thousands or more. I think another civil war.

  • J.R. April 19, 2019, 12:02 pm

    The Lawmakers who are anti gun, should spend a full week or more with the NRA! Then go around to gun clubs & meet us law abiding gun owners that enjoy the sport & clean mental attitude on gun security! See what programs the NRA has developed for kid’s & adult’s to respect gun! They also could go thru accurate stat’s on gun violence!

  • Concerned1 April 19, 2019, 10:04 am

    This is just a continuation of the global agenda of socialist/fascist leftist thinking.
    Unfortunately it will continue because the US Constitution and free men’s rights are not of their concern. And the Leftist Sheeple are swallowing the agenda in mass (like Johnstown).

  • Lee April 19, 2019, 9:28 am

    Funny story, it’s actually the NON-supporters that have the mental problems. They have problems with basic understandings, like math and common sense. I mean really…

  • Rangemaster11B April 19, 2019, 9:20 am

    “Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice”.
    Barry Goldwater

  • Michael Gothard April 19, 2019, 8:25 am

    Guess who has the mental health problem.

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