Guns In A Trunk Are Useless - And Response (2)

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

I am not a native of Tennessee but live here and have enjoyed living here. I am also aware that Tennessee is often the butt of jokes and often the jokes are “right on.”   The state lags in many economic and social areas and that is sad for the state’s citizenry. We enjoy very low taxes and when the efforts to raise taxes does come, not often, the cry from the citizenry is really sad.  

Ron Ramsey, state legislator and professed gun zealot wants to push, again, legislation that allows gun permit holders to keep their guns in the trunks of their cars while at work on, often, private property.  VW and others have said no to the idea and frankly it is an absurdity to even contemplate.   Let me share a story with the readers. It is a true story.

After a day of deer hunting and not a single deer spotted we headed back to the car.. We made sure our shotguns were unloaded and ammo and gun in different places. The guns went in the trunk. The trunk was closed and we were leaning against the trunk enjoying a smoke. Moments passed and we were talking about the day. Out of the corner of my eye I saw movement on the side of the road where a ravine was. Almost instantly the movement began crossing the road in front of us. We were down wind of this magnificent buck now casually crossing the dirt road right in front of us.    

A dilemma of huge proportions and any movement to get the trunk open; guns out; loaded.  Do you see where I am going? What is a gun in the trunk going to do for anyone and in a private lot perhaps hundreds of other cars spread in a huge parking complex?   

Again, Mr. Ramsey and his many followers blindly get led around on a leash by the NRA and folk are you aware that the NRA receives estimates of $35 million a year from gun manufacturers? Are you also aware that the NRA and it’s die hard followers want the public to buy more guns and more guns and where are we going with this?

Robert Brooks 

* * * 

Mr. Brooks, I believe the point is so you don't have to leave home without it. Some folks may commute through bad parts of town or work in them. This legislation would give them the freedom to defend themselves to and from work and securely store their firearm when they arrive, upon getting off work, they could pull off company property, retrieve their firearm and be protected on the way home.  

Guns left at home are useless. 

Matt Branum
East Ridge 

* * *  

Mr. Brooks, I certainly hope that you are not one of those hunters that give all hunters a bad name by shooting from the roadway, as that is what you described you and your hunting partners would have done had you been able to get to your weapons and ammunition. With such poor judgment, I certainly hope you do not have a carry permit, because I can imagine you firing indiscriminately when slightly provoked, based on your true hunting story. 

What some Tennessee legislators and the NRA are fighting for is a gun owner with a Concealed Carry Permit the right to carry their weapon for self defense to and from work. The idea is not to have an armed force at a job site, it is about the right to self defense as one travels back and forth from home to the work place. 

Dwayne Cales
Hixson


Send Your Opinions To Chattanoogan.com

We welcome your opinions at Chattanoogan.com. Email to news@chattanoogan.com . We require your real first and last name and contact information. There is no word limit, but if your article is too long you may lose your reader. Please focus more on issues than personal attacks. (click for more)

Clarifications On Amendment One

Clarifications of facts concerning Amendment 1 are important. Hopefully these statements will be helpful. Amendment 1 will not change a woman's choice. The state of Tennessee cannot override a woman's decision to have an abortion due to rape or incest due to Roe v. Wade.  Aendment 1 has been 13 years in the making. It has gone through much scrutiny from state legislators ... (click for more)

Woman Says Chattin Killed Deputy Donald Bond, Not Kiser

A woman testified Monday in Hamilton County Criminal Court that it was Mike Chattin - and not his roommate Marlon Duane Kiser - who killed County Deputy Donald Bond at a produce stand in East Brainerd in 2001. Kimberly Annette Bowman called Kiser, who is in the middle of an extended post-conviction hearing, "an innocent man." She said, "I've had this burden on me all these years." ... (click for more)

Legendary Radio Broadcaster Luther Dies At 92 After Record 74 Years On The Air; Funeral Will Be Thursday At 2 PM At Engel Stadium

Legendary radio broadcaster Luther Masingill died early Monday morning at Memorial Hospital surrounded by family and friends. He was 92 and had been on the air for a record 74 years. Funeral services will be held on Thursday at Historic Engel Stadium, 1130 E 3rd St., at 2 p.m. with Pastor Todd McElyea officiating.   Honorary pallbearers will be the staff at ... (click for more)

Tennessee Wastes No Time Shifting Attention To Alabama

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – L ittle time had passed following Tennessee's 34-3 loss to Ole Miss on Saturday night before the challenge that lies ahead this week crossed the mind of the UT staff. In past years, a loss of that type could have had a lasting impact on the psyche of the team. But  Tennessee coach Butch Jones   still sees his team progressing, both mentally ... (click for more)

Ooltewah's Riley Hickman: 2-for-2 Wins At Cleveland And Talladega

The “Hustler” Riley Hickman of Ooltewah hunkered down this weekend and picked up a pair of wins in Dirt Track competition. Friday night the # R1 “Hickman Manufacturing, American Billett, Austin Trucking, Tucker Mobile Home Service, Allstar Graphics, VP Racing Fuels, RH Designs, Competition Racing Equipment, A-1 Towing, MRC” sponsored CVR / Vic Hill powered machine ... (click for more)