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Armed doctor fights back in gun free zone; meanwhile back in K-Town

Farragut Parks Gun Ban Sign
Farragut Parks Gun Ban Sign
photo by Liston Matthews

The Knoxville News-Sentinel reported today on the a doctor fighting back against an armed attacker in Darby, Pennsylvania. The man allegedly came into his office and killed a caseworker before he and the doctor exchanged shots and wounded one another. The doctor is credited with saving lives, according to this Fox News report:

Yeadon Police Chief Donald Molineux said that, "without a doubt, I believe the doctor saved lives."

The, doctor, in this case was in possession of a firearm in a so-called gun free zone. Although he was violating policy, he is being hailed as a hero.

Meanwhile, back in Knoxville, another article in the News-Sentinel reports on an attempted rape suspect who allegedly approached a woman on the green-way at West Hills Park, a local gun free zone:

The witness told police said Smith was walking toward the woman holding a 6-inch knife and when he was about a foot from her, she yelled at him. Smith allegedly moved the knife to the front of his body, the woman saw the knife and she fled.

The City of Knoxville and Town of Farragut, in their amazing collective clairvoyance, know their parks and green-ways to be safe, and have designated them as gun free zones, in spite of this and other assaults in local parks.

They are joined by other local politicians who ignore the Tennessee Constitution's mandate for only the Legislature to regulate the wearing of arms. Unfortunately they include, according to, Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett (whom I otherwise usually agree with) and Knox County Commissioner Richard Briggs.

Back to the Pennsylvania story, ‘The Only Thing That Stops a Bad Guy With a Gun Is a Good Guy With a Gun’. History has shown this to be true. These events cannot be completely prevented. But the sooner an armed good guy is on the scene, the better the carnage can be mitigated. Even a two minute delay can be eternity for some.


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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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