Yesterday, as a result of DNA records, William E. Seevers was sentenced to 27 years in the Federal slammer for the rape of a woman in the Smoky Mountains June 8, 2012. The victim was raped, knifed, and left for dead. She was able to crawl to a roadside for help. The Knoxville News-Sentinel reports,
He sexually assaulted her, then stabbed and punched her as she tried to get away.
This column, while not blaming the victim in any way, commented then on the inadvisability of venturing into open spaces alone unarmed. It should be noted that even in more civilized environs, like one’s own home, the average response time of the gendarmes is on the order of ten minutes, five times the seeming eternity of an electric toothbrush.
In Tennessee State Parks, Knox County Parks, and National Parks, one does have the liberty to make the choice of arming or not. And, progressive politicians often tout the superiority of free choice, but when it comes to matters of personal defense, Knoxville and Farragut mayors have already made the choice for you. They have looked in their crystal balls, and in their omniscience, have decided you will never need to defend yourself against murderers and rapists in their parks and greenways.
Mayor Rogero, in an email to this writer dated 4/20/11, stated,
If elected Mayor, I would support keeping the current ban. . . . I don’t have a problem with gun ownership. But I do agree with some limitations such as the ban in city parks.
This column is unaware of any indication of a change of mind by Her Honor.
Following a vote to maintain Farragut’s ban, I wrote Mayor McGill of Farragut, who cast the deciding vote to maintain the ban. There was no response forthcoming. In fact, McGill was the only individual on the Farragut Board of Aldermen who did not respond to any correspondence.
Now, here is a twist for all you who have a greenway going behind your home in Knoxville or Farragut. You can go out the front door and walk down the sidewalk with your permit and pistol. But, pack heat on that greenway for a summer’s eve walk, and you break the law.
What part of “the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed” do they not understand?
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A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences. Proverbs 22:3 (NLT)
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