In today's Knoxville News-Sentinel is a story comparing the "park/non-park" status of Chilhowee Park and World's Fair Park.
As I told the KNS reporter, Hugh Willett:
The city of Knoxville’s assertion that Chilhowee Park is not a park while World’s Fair Park is a park rings hollow, said Liston Matthews of the Tennessee Firearms Association. “On page 6 of the Tennessee Valley Fair Guidebook, Mayor Rogero calls Chilhowee Park a park,” Matthews said.
“This year marks the fair’s 96th year, and we are proud this takes place at the City’s own Chilhowee Park. For more than a century, this park has been a mecca for public recreation and entertainment. You might notice some park improvements this year ...” Rogero wrote in the guidebook.
Matthews said, “Then her legal team declares it is not a park. So, it was a park, then it wasn’t a park. Chilhowee Park is managed by the City’s Public Assembly Facilities Department and World’s Fair Park is managed by the Public Building Authority. Neither of those is Parks and Recreation, yet one manages a park that’s not a park and the other manages a park that is a park,” he said.
The City keeps saying, "That'll do pig," but firearm civil rights advocates will continue to call them out.
To paraphrase more lines from the movie Babe:
- AREN'T LAWFUL GUN OWNERS ALLOWED ? - NOT LIVE ONES. - SORRY, DEAR. ONLY POLICE AND SHERIFFS AND VIP GUARDS INSIDE THE HOUSE. - WHY ?
THAT'S JUST THE WAY THINGS ARE.
A free people will never be satisfied with that answer.
In case you missed it, here are links to my interviews with the three local TV stations: