As a long time Baptist minister of 30 years I think a smart solution would be adding a well lit shooting range behind the club. We could combine it with some sort of outreach and services function. There is nothing wrong with shooting guns ... there just needs to be some guidance and oversight and adult supervision.
Emersization, you have it all wrong. The bible is not God's word ... the Koran is.
"And when you are among them and keep up the prayer for them, let a party of them stand up with you, and let them take their arms; then when they have prostrated themselves let them go to your rear, and let another party who have not prayed come forward and pray with you, and let them take their precautions and their arms; (for) those who disbelieve desire that you may be careless of your arms and your luggage, so that they may then turn upon you with a sudden united attack, and there is no blame on you, if you are annoyed with rain or if you are sick, that you lay down your arms, and take your precautions; surely Allah has prepared a disgraceful chastisement for the unbelievers." (The Women 4.102)
01 centare you hit the nail on the head. The Catholic church is just a giant pedophile ring.
I proudly served with L.A.P.D.'s Rampart division for many years before retiring. The division was much maligned by the press and most everything anyone reads about it is Google B.S. It was an outstanding program that generated outstanding results. We never violated anyone's civil rights. 99% of the citizenry loved us because we got results. You've got to understand that when your city is in danger of being overun by the criminal element you have to impose your will. So all you nay sayers take your namby pamby patty cake kid glove hand wringing b.s. somewhere else.
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The city needs to build road barricades in and out of College Hill courts and do a driver's license check on every vehicle coming in and out of that "neighborhood." Much of the crime which is infesting the immediate downtown area is emanating from there. We starting using this tactic out in Los Angeles a few years ago when I was part of the Rampart division and it worked wonders!
If you're white you don't have much to worry about however since most of the crime is after dark and black on black. (Just take cover or hit the ground if you hear gunfire nearby and you'll probably be just fine.)
That said, there have been an increasing number of white folks in the downtown area (including Southside) gettin jacked up by folks from the hood over the course of the last year or two, and sometimes in broad daylight.
Regardless of your race if you're worried about being a victim of crime you should get your concealed carry weapon permit ASAP. You have a right to defend yourself against the predatory criminal elements that infect our society.
There is racism, and then there are facts. And the fact is that the vast majority of reckless gun play that is being directed against other people in the Chattanooga urban environment is being perpetrated almost exclusively by armed black youths. Don't all of you find this phenomenon very strange? What is the reason? Rest assured, it's not because they are black per se but rather its attributable to the social mores that are, apparently, part of today's black culture. And it boils down to this: "You dis me and I put a cap in yo' ass." Right? Or is it more complicated than that?
This all came to a crisis in our community when the flash mobs in Coolidge Park showed up earlier this year ... then it seemed to migrate to the Walnut Street Bridge briefly before making it's way further downtown around the Club Fathom and Fire & Ice Club.
Part of the problem is citizens are going to have to get more involved with the local police. They cannot do it all by themselves. They need our support and that includes our moral support. We also need to listen to our local police, carefully, to see what resources they need to be maximally effective. And perhaps most of all ... we need a new mayor who knows how to lead with determination and vision and who is also smart, dedicated and possessing high integrity.
What a "GREAT" way for Chattanooga to end the year, with the most number of people ever shot in Chattanooga a single day taking place -- and during Christmas. Hard to Fathom, eh?
Two million plus people in our jails now ... new statistics just out showing that one third of all people in the country have been arrested by age 23 at least once ... a country besieged by Mexican drug cartels with unbelievable levels of drug-related violence now washing over our country ... meth labs popping up everywhere like its a whack-a-mole game ... 10,000 people murdered by guns on average in the U.S. every year with hundreds of thousands more wounded ... a culture that celebrates violence in the movies and games played ... a growing number of people that think violence is a perfectly acceptable way to resolve disputes including even the most trivial slights ... we live in a sick, depraved, morally bereft and diseased culture that is rotting away like roadkill on a highway in the middle of a Texas summer ... this country will likely be "fully maggotized" within a few more decades -- if not sooner. Welcome to the "new normal."
Bill Cox if you or anyone else in the DA's office is reading this: The public is going to expect for you to prosecute this as a death penalty case. This is one of the most heinous and depraved acts of violence perpetrated against the most defenseless and vulnerable members of our community in recent memory. Bill, we don't care if the plaintiff or his victims are black, white, rich or poor ... we expect for acts like this to be met with the maximum response to send a clear signal to everyone in our community that you WILL face the ultimate penalty for perpetrating an act like this (i.e. pay for it with your life.)
What a sad sack of sh*t this guy is. Please, if anyone in the criminal justice system has access to Mr. Matthews ... ask him to kindly do us all a favor and hang himself so as to save the public the time, aggravation and expense of having to dispatch him to death row. Asphyxiation only takes four minutes....