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.