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Veterans Administration adds insult to injury in Knoxville

No weapons sign at the VA Clinic, Ray Mears Blvd, Knoxville, TN.
No weapons sign at the VA Clinic, Ray Mears Blvd, Knoxville, TN.
photo by Liston Matthews

Its not enough that the Federal Government forbids military members on stateside assignments from providing for their own personal defense on post or base. The inevitable result was the two Ft. Hood massacres, and the Navy Yard killings. Recruiters, too, go to work unarmed, with occasional similar results.

Following this theme of keeping our men and women-at-arms unarmed, except when they are in position to officially pull the trigger, the Veterans' Administration (VA) maintains this GI disarmament policy at the Knoxville Outpatient Clinic on Ray Mears Boulevard. This, in addition to all the scandalous news about the VA.

OK, one assumes they have armed security inside the facility similar to the Social Security Administration, and is reluctantly willing to concede the responsibility for security to those armed guards.

But, the Knoxville VA is not willing to stop there, they have their parking lot posted against all weapons. This posting is wrong, and a slap in the face to the men and women who have served our country in the armed services.

It literally requires ex-GI’s who have signed a blank check, payable in blood, sweat, tears, lost limbs, and the possibility of death; then taken up arms to defend our nation; to to commute defenseless to the VA facility. Some of these former service-members have gone to the trouble and expense of getting a handgun carry permit for personal defense. Others, who, under the new Tennessee law effective July 1 could legally carry a defensive firearm in their vehicle sans permit, are forbidden to do so by this draconian VA policy.

For them, the entire trip is a gun-free-zone. But not for potential Nidal Hasan's.

Is this any way to treat these warriors, after they have given so much?

Congress should send the President a bill eliminating this safe commute ban, YESTERDAY! See if he has the chutzpah to veto it. Where is the Tennessee Delegation? They should be leading the way in the Volunteer spirit, but if there is a bill in the works, it must be a stealth bill.

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