Knoxville Church Shooting
This story has already made national headlines. Here is a link to a local TV News channel’s coverage of the story. I won’t go into the details of the incident itself, so I urge you to read the story if you’re not already familiar with it.
What I did want to comment on is that I’m fairly surprised that there wasn’t someone in that church that was armed. We’re in East Tennessee, a generally rural region, which is an area where most people like their guns, and quite a few follow the necessary steps to obtain a state-issued carry permit.
I’ve heard of way too many church shootings around the country in the past couple of years. It seemed that each story I heard was literally closer to home. I live about an hour’s drive from Knoxville, and this is the closest it’s gotten (so far). I do have a carry permit, and I carry everywhere that it is legal. I refuse to be in a situation such as the one these approximately 200 people were in – defenseless and helpless, their fate resting on the whim of an individual wanting to cause as much harm as possible.
Surprisingly, I haven’t heard the first thing about gun-control in this case. Maybe, just maybe, they’re backing down a bit since the ruling of the Supreme Court on the 2nd Amendment meaning what it says. But it could be too that they’re waiting until after the election to push it too hard in hopes that Obama will get into the White House. Then they’ll really start pushing it.
On the church itself, I’ll make a few comments. I don’t want to sound insensitive in these comments, so I’ll preface them by saying that if a gunman walked into a Hell Raiser’s biker bar and started shooting, it is just as wrong. That said, a Unitarian Universalist ‘Church’ doesn’t stand for anything. About the only good thing they believe in is the freedom of religious expression. It is a lot of what this country was founded upon. Beyond that, their beliefs consist of individuals developing their own personal theologies, tolerance of religious ideas (every religion has merit), and on and on. Basically, anything goes, as long as it feels good. Nothing is mentioned of the Bible at all on this particular church’s website. Come to think of it, after browsing around a couple of other Unitarian Universalist ‘Churches’, I can’t find any mention of the Bible at all.
It was a violent incident that occurred in this auditorium, and I truly feel for the people that experienced it. But I can’t bring myself to call them a church congregation, for they are not truly a church.