published Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

Red Bank votes for guns in parks


East Ridge city council members will hear public comment on their proposal to ban guns in public parks and greenways at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at City Hall, 1517 Tombras Ave.

It was standing room only Tuesday night at Red Bank City Hall as the board of commissioners voted to allow the carrying of guns in parks.

The commission voted 4-1 against a resolution that would prohibit weapons in parks. Mayor Joe Glasscock was the only commission member to vote in favor of the resolution.

Also Tuesday evening, Vice Mayor Monty Millard issued a statement regarding his recent arrest. He said he was “falsely and unjustly arrested.” He also displayed the title to his vehicle, which records show he was accused of burglarizing by his estranged wife.

“It has been an embarrassment to me,” Mr. Millard said. “And my family and my 35 years of service to this community have been tarnished.”

By turning down the proposed resolution, Red Bank becomes the first municipality in the area to vote in favor of allowing licensed individuals to carry guns in local parks. The city of Chattanooga, Hamilton County, the town of Signal Mountain and Lookout Mountain, Tenn., all have passed ordinances or resolutions banning guns in parks. East Ridge will take up the matter Thursday.

The commission allowed three proponents of guns in parks and three people opposed to speak before the vote.

Commissioner Floy Pierce said she had been against allowing guns in parks until she heard so much input from the community.

“I just felt that we needed to make a statement and say, ‘Hey, if you come to Red Bank, we’re going to protect out children and protect our citizens,” she said after the meeting.

After the opponents of the ban spoke, Mr. Glasscock voiced his opinion that guns are unnecessary in public parks.

“It is obvious that I’m very much in the minority tonight,” he said.

Mayor Glasscock said he was afraid of angry parents and players at ballfields in Red Bank, who he said could get carried away while arguing with umpires.

“It’s a matter of time before somebody shoots someone, and I’m sorry, but I cannot support this,” he said.

Two Red Bank residents spoke during the public comments session of the meeting, calling for the vice mayor’s resignation.

“The people of Red Bank elected him to do a job, not to embarrass them,” resident Royce Barrage said.

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enufisenuf said...

It's too bad Glasscock is afraid, perhaps he would be better suited to another job, parking attendant for example although could become confrontational also. Kudos to the citizens of RedBank for sending a strong message to the thugs, we will defend what is ours. For the ones opposed, please go to eastridges parks, they welcome libral dummies and the criminal types who prefer to commit crimes without fear of armed law abiding citizens.

July 22, 2009 at 9:45 a.m.
ladyvolz said...

Actually we will take our children to another park. It's too bad that other residents in our area believe in the need to be armed at all times. Unfortunately it sends a bad message about Red Bank, the Community where citizens need to go armed in parks.

July 22, 2009 at 10:45 a.m.
streetsmart said...

I will take the place of at least one who leaves. I now have one park to feel safe in. Reminds me of a friend who had a market in Soddy Daisy many years ago. He got a permit to sell beer . One goody two shoes told him he would be gone in a short time because he would lose the church business. He saw her at the Walmart one day and she asked him how his business was suffering. He told her he lost one church member and picked up every beer drinker in North Hamilton County.Business was better than ever.

July 22, 2009 at 10:58 a.m.
brandon83 said...

Red Bank will now have some of the safest parks in the state, aside from the TN State Parks. Good job Red Bank...way to think this out instead of implementing a knee-jerk reaction!

July 22, 2009 at 11:03 a.m.
rdecredico said...

If you think a gun is the solution to this problem, please stay in Red Bank while the rest of humanity continues to solve problems the correct way that does not involve shooting people. This makes Red Banks parks less safe, not more, as shootings and gunshot wounds are now likely to increase.

July 22, 2009 at 11:48 a.m.
EaTn said...

This is great news for all the permit holders that are banned in other parks around the area. They now have a place to congregate, check-out each other's guns and swap scary stories.

July 22, 2009 at noon
streetsmart said...

We will be glad to congregate and discuss your lack of knowledge . We have carried our guns for years and years. We have no idea who has a gun and who doesn't . Never did never will . Thats because we don't advertise any more than you brag about wearing your seat belt and have a smoke detector in your house. Your analogies are ridiculous.When someone sticks a gun in your face, be sure you have your depends on . I will handle it another way .It isn't near as smelly.

July 22, 2009 at 2:30 p.m.
nooganCCP said...

Well, it has been 8 days since I can carry my gun into restaurants that serve alcohol and I have not discharged my weapon. In fact, I have not heard of any gun shots from a permit holder anywhere in the state yet. I guess the gun-haters fears haven't materialized. When will the gun-haters feel like the law wasn't a bad idea? Never. They will always be gun-haters.

July 22, 2009 at 3:09 p.m.
GeorgiaRebel said...

Amazing how the gun haters think everyone who carries a firearm are as unstable as them. The majority of people who carry a firearm do not shoot umpires, pull out their firearm in public to show it off, or do other stupid acts that only a gun hater would even think about doing.

July 22, 2009 at 6:50 p.m.
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