published Thursday, June 18th, 2009

No need for 'guns in parks'

Local officials of Chattanooga and Red Bank have shown much better judgment than the majority of Tennessee legislators who voted to allow licensed gun-toters to carry their weapons in parks. The Chattanooga and Red Bank officials have begun "local option" moves the keep local parks "gun-free."

Guns are, to say the least, an "emotional" issue.

The Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States says: "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."

That was ratified Dec. 15, 1791, at a time when the embryonic, post-American Revolution United States depended upon its people for national as well as personal defense.

But who wants modern America to return to the gun-slinging days of the "wild West" as depicted in countless movies?

Too many people engage in threatening gun crimes. Strict enforcement of our laws and punishment for law violations are important. There are rights for home and business owners to defend themselves. But there is no reasonable need to allow guns legally, or to tolerate them illegally, in parks and many other public places, where danger might occur through bad judgment.

We should leave public safety considerations to our police officers, not casual gun carriers.

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rolando said...

In other words, citizens cannot be trusted..."they are sly and cunning and bear watching."

June 18, 2009 at 12:15 a.m.
Sailorman said...

"We should leave public safety considerations to our police officers, not casual gun carriers."

Very true - when they're around. Let me make this perfectly clear. I am neither a police officer or a wannabe hero. I have no intention of trying to protect anyone but myself and my family against life-threatening actions by a criminal. To emphssize: LIFE THREATENING, CRIMINAL. Criminals - not irate drivers, obnoxious drunks, or even irritating liberals high on daffodil fumes. The sensationalist media hammers a segment of the population with a microscopic rate of crime of any kind, much less gun crime, while the real criminals run amok in our revolving door justice system.

How many shootings have there been in Georgia parks by people with permits?

June 18, 2009 at 9:37 a.m.
queeni said...

You know it really makes you wonder what is the point of having a state law or federal law really if the sissies that run your municipality is just going to create laws to get around the state and federal regulation. It’s good for a giggle to see folks who actually think this is going to prevent firearms from being where you don't want them because the permit holders will have them concealed. What is next? Are there going to be magometers and pat downs before you can enter Coolidge Park? Good luck with that! You have also now made the hard decision for those citizens who obtained their permit legally, whose primary concern was their own personal safety. Generally speaking, no matter what signs you put up on the front of restaurants or parks, citizens who are legally licensed to carry a firearm will in some cases still carry it in those restricted locations. Now the choice you just made for them is this: should something occur like a restaurant being held up, or someone is being assaulted in a place like Jack's Alley or Coolidge Park (and it’s not like it hasn’t ever happened in those locations) and a bystander who has a permit and is carrying a firearm will now do nothing to assist the person in danger and be forced to look the other way. Why is this? It is because it won't matter that the permit holder was trying to help this person in trouble (whether they used their weapon or not) The only thing that matter to some crazy nut job(s) is to prosecute the person with the gun for having it one them where they shouldn’t. Oh and let the assailant off with community service or a couple weekends at Silverdale. Congratulations...

June 18, 2009 at 10:09 a.m.
Jhenry said...

People that legally carry guns are not the ones causing problems. People have been carrying guns responsibly for a long, long time. Does the writer of this editorial have evidence contrary to the facts. People with no regard for the law are already carrying guns in parks. I'd rather crack down on the ones smoking weed in Coolidge Park rather than the people legally carrying guns.

June 18, 2009 at 3:42 p.m.
rolando said...

This editorial doesn't even mention the violations of the Second Amendment by the "officials" in passing this. The SCOTUS has already decided the Second Amendment is an individual right not a collective one. Further, the editor condones the "Living Document" concept for our Constitution -- unusual for the right side of the sheet.

Perhaps the First Amendment should be interpreted to eliminate that pesky and outdated "freedom of the press" verbage...oh, that's right...Dear Leader is in the process of doing just that.

June 18, 2009 at 7:57 p.m.
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