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Baxter Hood and James "Moe" Brotherton of Commission District VII shake hands with Sullivan County Mayor Steve Godsey after being sworn-in at the Sullivan County Courthouse in Blountville, TN on Sept. 1, 2010. Photo by Erica Yoon
Baxter Hood and James "Moe" Brotherton of Commission District VII shake hands with Sullivan County Mayor Steve Godsey after being sworn-in at the Sullivan County Courthouse in Blountville, TN on Sept. 1, 2010. Photo by Erica Yoon

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Sullivan Co. commissioner on control debate in wake of massacre: 'Thank God for guns'

John Osborne • Yesterday at 1:32 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — "Thank God for guns," said Sullivan County Commissioner Baxter Hood, addressing full the commission Monday regarding the massacre of schoolchildren, teachers and administrators at a K-4 school in Connecticut three days before.

"No one was armed," Hood said of the victims. "The outcome probably would have been vastly different."

Baxter said tighter gun-contol laws are not the answer, and in fact the American public should be infuriated each time media has a story with that side of the issue presented.

"This should be infuriating," Hood said. "It is to me."