Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Constitutional Carry is quite responsible

In a recent post, I commented on the editorial by a former managing editor at the Knoxville News-Sentinel. But I didn't stop there, I wrote a letter to the editor. But freedom of the press doesn't mean that that newspapers are required to print letters to the editor. So far, they haven't chosen to print my letter. Here it is:
February 16, 2017
Editor, News-Sentinel

The February 15 editorial by your former managing editor is long on hyperbole and short on facts. With the recent furor over what has been deemed “fake news”, an attempt should have been made to get the facts straight.

Here are some irrefutable facts to consider before coming to a conclusion on this subject-

1. In spite of his misgivings about demonstrating proficiency on a firing range, Tennesseans are legally carrying guns in their cars without training or permits every day, no problem. Tennessee recognizes permits from all states, including Georgia, which has no required training. Has that been a problem, other than in the imagination of newspaper columnists and liberal Democrat politicians?

2. A total of thirty states authorize Constitutional Open Carry. This means that folks in all those states carry without state mandated training. Where are all the resultant gunfights?

3. Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming do not require a permit to carry a handgun openly or concealed. No blood running in the streets. Are we Tennesseans just knuckle dragging hillbillies that can’t be likewise trusted?

4. Many Tennesseans, including many elderly urban residents simply cannot afford the high permitting cost on top of the price of an inexpensive handgun. This makes them defenseless whenever they step out of the house. Don’t their lives matter?

The writer’s false narrative vilifies Constitutional Carry. He attempts to equate it with yelling fire in a crowded theater. The difference is that the first is a benign act, the second is unconscionable, unless there actually is a fire.

Check the five core principles of journalism from the Ethical Journalism Network. The first, Truth and Accuracy, begins with, “Journalists cannot always guarantee ‘truth’, but getting the facts right is the cardinal principle of journalism.”


Liston Matthews
Knoxville, TN

Edit, with thanks to Dan Meredith. Sorry, I can't control the volume.

Also, see Richard Archie's column HERE.


  1. Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act Constitutional - Is a Trojan Horse..
    The bill is a dastardly trick and a Trojan horse for institutionalizing licenses, permits, national ID cards, etc.

    And the end game of all those licenses, permits, national ID cards and such is eventual confiscation of all arms.

    And after that extermination.

    Here is the 2014 edition: https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/senate-bill/1908/text

    Also, the federal government has no constitutional authority to make ANY laws dictating who may and who may not carry arms; or under what circumstances people may and may not carry arms across State borders! Arms control of the people is not an enumerated power!

    video on arms, here it is: https://vimeo.com/60944105

    State concealed carry laws which require a "permit" is an idea crafted in the pits of h ell. The real purpose is to register gun owners! People think it is so cool to have a permit for concealed carry - they don't understand that it is like the free sample of heroin.

    1. mmm - heroin.
      Actually, if it ever goes to that I think Leviathan already knows who has guns.
      Right now I need to pack a sidearm since I can't run or fight. WA State requires a permit and issues them without a lot of trouble to the applying Peon. Therefore I have a CHL since I don't need a gun beef. The scenario envisioning Einsatagruppen going around with a list taken from CHL holders is speculation and may or may not occur. My need to go legally armed is here and now, hence I comply.

    2. Rich, this post has nothing with reciprocity. Even if it did, we must deal with what is, not what we wish it to be. You have placed this same comment on several of my posts. Please do not do the same again. If you wish to comment, then do so without copying and pasting what you have done before. Otherwise, I will be compelled to delete your comments in the future. That's all.

  2. Liston, CC is a great idea but the one I would love to see is the removal of Tennessee law of prosecution if entering a posted business. It is a PUBLIC place and posting removes my Second Amendment rights. The argument of "their business, their rules" is old and antiquated.

    1. Right you are Bob. They want you to be unarmed and helpless, while providing no real security on their property.


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