Sunday, April 10, 2016

Creeped out by guns?

Last week, a letter writer to the Knoxville News-Sentinel,  Jim Dollenmaier, noted that "Guns creep me out." He especially doesn't like to see them in parks. Now if I were a wagering man, I'd just bet that if someone attacked him in a park, and he had the opportunity, he would call the po-po.

 - - And the po-po would come running with, drum roll please, GUNS, maybe lots of them.

Two of our TFA members wrote letters in response, and they are linked below.

But first, a few comments.

Dollenmaier notes that he arrived in our city in 1998, about five years after Tennessee became a shall-issue state, meaning that any citizen who qualifies, based on objective information, and can pay the required poll tax, shall be issued a handgun carry permit. Did he not do any due diligence before relocating to Tennessee? There are half a million of us, and odds are there is one fairly close to him, right now.

He notes that the legislature is denying local government the right to ban guns in public parks. Well, Mr. Dollenmaier, governments don't have rights, they have powers; powers delegated to them by the people. The last time I checked, this is still a representative republic.

Mr. Dollenmaier, when you see the po-po, do you immediately start separating yourself from them? They are carrying guns, you know. Does the uniform make it OK in your mind? What if they are wearing slacks, a polo shirt, and a badge? Does that make you feel better? Are you psychoanalyzing these individuals, too? Do you associate them with the Wehrmacht?

Or does the presence of a uniform and/or badge along with a gun equal GOOD in your eyes, whereas the absence of these official accouterments always equals BAD to you?

When I moved to Tennessee, I observed that in addition to the northbound lane that brought me in, there was a southbound lane that could take me away.

I would suggest that if you are indeed that frightened of guns, that you check the road map. Surely, there are several highways that will take you to New Jersey, New York, Maryland, or Massachusetts. In those states, if you see a non-official with a gun, you probably should be more than creeped out. You should probably duck and cover.
Rebuttal letter from Ray Bergeron:
Gun-free zones put people in danger

I read the April 2 letter that criticizes handgun carry permit holders' right to go armed in parks. The writer seems to be missing the point.

When cities or other territorial managers make areas gun-free zones, what they are actually doing is advertising to all criminals that everyone in that area is defenseless. . .These areas are really criminal opportunity zones.
Continue at the News-Sentinel Site---
Rebuttal letter from Charlie Thoms:
Where was writer for past 18 years?

I am writing in response to the letter "There's no need to tote guns to parks." I can't help but think that the writer was motivated by politics rather than his true beliefs.

The poor man is creeped out by guns? I feel bad for him. What's difficult to understand is that he has lived here for 18 years. Was he in a shell?
Continue at the News-Sentinel Site---


  1. Response to Creeped Out by Guns. After reading what Mr. Dollenmaier wrote about guns in parks and how he is creeped out by them, I told my wife this guy is probably a liberal Democrat and a Bernie Sanders fan. So I goggled the Name Jim Dollenmaier of Knoxville Tennessee and found out I was right. Since Dollenmaier is afraid of guns maybe he should put a sign in front of his home that reads “this is a gun free zone”. Maybe that will make him feel better.

    People like Mr Dollenmaier should consider a few things. First, the 2nd and 10th amendment to the United States Constitution. The 2nd amendment grants the people the right to keep and bear arms and the 10th amendment protects the powers given to the people by the Constitution. It restricts the states rights to deny these powers given by the Federal Government. Second, 92% of mass shootings happen in gun free zones. Third, hand gun permit holders have a lower conviction rate for gun crimes then police officers according to Doctor Lott at Crime Prevention Research. Does it ever occur to liberal Democrats that criminals do not obey the law? After all, the definition of a criminal is a lawbreaker. Therefore, seeing criminals have no respect for the law restricting law abiding citizens only serves to leave law abiding citizens defenseless.

    Back to my original observation you almost always find these gun grabbers are liberal Democrats with no clue of reality.

    1. The Second Amendment doesn't 'grant' anything. Lose that misrepresentation immediately.

      The Second Amendment GUARANTEES something - the people's individual, fundamental right to possess and carry small arms in parity with the ordinary foot soldier.

      Accepting the counterfeit notion that our rights are 'granted' by humans and their officials instruments is the surest way to lose them.

      Words mean things, and in this case the meaning is critical.

    2. Yes, Barry. The right to self preservation is a NATURAL RIGHT. The Second Amendment merely recognizes that right. One should not have to ask for a permission slip in order to protect that right, either.

  2. Doesn't he know that those people doing all the shooting are Nuts,from the democrat voting base,not members of the NRA,and have atleast one felony conviction.

  3. Rights trump fears. Today you can see what a gun free zone bringing today in Socialist Venezuela . Maybe a vacation to a wonderful government controlled Gun Free country like Venezuela will make this person better under stand why good people with guns keep you free not socialist and their pro-crime solutions for the fearful.

  4. Do You Patronize Businesses That Undermine Your Freedoms - Fact is, mindless gun-free zones are what mass shootings have in common. They are killing zones, free from good guys with guns. That’s why the Aurora movie theater killer chose the more distant theater where guns were not allowed and thus where he wouldn’t have to worry about his plan being foiled.

  5. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.


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