Thursday, November 16, 2006


Pistol Packin' KnoxVegas

It seems that we may have a new reality show brewing in Knoxville, one where we measure the caliber of our elected officials.

First, Knox County Commissioner Lumpy Lambert foils a robbery at his auto dealership with his .380. Lumpy is a known quick draw artist, and he got the jump on the perpetrator, who got what he deserved when he targeted a man wearing his "Friends of the NRA" cap.

Not to be outdone, Senator Tim Burchett has now foiled a burglary in Knoxville. He certainly didn't bring a knife to a gun fight, either. From the Knoxville News Sentinel:

The state senator, who said he holds a conceal-carry permit, had a recently purchased 9 mm Glock pistol and a .25 automatic Keltec as a "backup," according to his account.

Nice. Add this in with Burchett's fence-mending efforts with Tennessee Republicans and you start to see why many who had once questioned him aren't doing so any longer.

KNS columnist Sam Venable ties this all in with a notable member of the local Bar, Herb Moncier, allegedly roughing up a McDonald's employee.

What can you say? One has to be tough to live in Knoxville. No New York or Massachusetts wusses need apply. What's next? Senator Jamie Woodson drawing down on the Vice Lords in East Knoxville? Mayor Bill Haslam enforcing the city's new anti-panhandling ordinance with a Sig? The possibilities are certainly worthy of the Fox network.

In Knoxville, our elected officials don't just talk about Second Amendment rights - they exercise them. In the past week, that has been at the expense of criminal activity. And that's a good thing.

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