Another Knoxville Shooting
If you live in East Tennessee, you’ve heard by now of the shooting at Knoxville Center Mall. It makes the 3rd shooting in the Knoxville Center Mall in the last year, and the 3rd deadly shooting in the Knoxville area in the past year.
At the very least, it is becoming obvious that violent crime is becoming more common in East Tennessee. It’s a sad, but true fact.
The media is already asking people in the area how much ‘security’ they are willing to put up with in public places. They’re not coming out and saying it, but they are implying measures such as metal detectors and searches in public areas, much like the security checkpoing in an airport.
What is the answer? To me, it is simply to continue to allow private citizens the right to protect themselves with arms. I may sound cold-hearted when I say this, but the fact is that this store employee chose to risk his own life by not taking the necessary steps to be able to defend it.
Others say it’s to abolish weapons altogether. We see how well that worked in the UK – all of the law-abiding citizens are defenseless now to the violent crime that is still on the increase.
I’m not promoting vigilanteism (is that even a word?), but I am certainly promoting the idea that each individual is given the responsibility and has the right to protect his or her own life and the lives of his or her children.