Johnson City Press Thursday, October 23, 2014
Opinion

Law-abiding citizens should be able to protect themselves on trail

January 14th, 2014 8:47 am by BRIAN WILLIAMS

Law-abiding citizens should be able to protect themselves on trail

In response to the recent question in your paper asking if guns should be allowed in city parks by law-abiding, concealed-carry permit holders, I submit the following: Last month I received a solicitation for contributions for the Tweetsie Trail. I set that aside with the intent of making a contribution when I wrote my other bills. The next day I read the Press article about the mayor’s opposition to lifting the restriction on guns in city parks.
After reading the article, I threw away the contribution solicitation. I will not contribute to a project that deprives citizens the right to protect themselves via their second amendment rights. The Tweetsie Trail will no doubt track through terrain where the walkers could be ambushed. The trail will likely be frequented by women joggers or walkers.
We know full well the police cannot protect us at all times. Why do we want to place our citizens in jeopardy by depriving them of the ability to defend themselves, especially those who are least able to do so without an equalizer?
BRIAN WILLIAMS

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