Where are the Democrats?


To the editor:

Since the election of November 2016 I sit and ponder to myself, “where are my fellow Tennessee Democrats?” Now with have ask this especially since the November 2016 election and with November 2019 election both federal, state and county election. When you look back to the election of a person with no government experience and the chaotic actions that have followed since that date and now the person who was elected now stands before the National Rifle Association (NRA) proclaiming that the Democrats were set up a coup to overthrow this president and the Democrats seems moot with reference to this.

Now also where are the candidates who ran for election in 2018? It seems they are only Democrats when seeking and elected seat, are they not still Democrats? Yes this state of Tennessee seems to be a very deep red state wasn’t this state in the past Democratic and how many Republicans were Democrats? What has changed the thinking of these so called Democrats turned Republican? When you look at the Democratic agenda is vs the Republican agenda. The Democrats agenda is supporting Social Security, Medicare, veterans benefits, civil rights, minimum wages, 40 hour work week, just to name a few. Have you looked at the Republican agenda and compared the two or have you just relied on Fox News?

Another is what has happened with the Democrats when it comes to some of the moral issues, the conservative Republicans seem to be the ones that the religious/moral majority cling to, when the Democrats are the ones who support all the Christian values and issues. Now as we approach the 2020 election are we Democrats going to sit home, find other excuses no going to vote or they going to be active in voting in 2020 like the conservative Republicans did in 2016 and 2018? Every Democrat needs to get involved if they want change for the betterment rather than the chaotic government we now experience. Democrats go to the polls and exercise your rights as citizens. Remember one thing you are an American as the conservative Republicans are.

Bobby Fanning



School staff members need to be armed


To the editor:

With over a thousand school districts across America allowing teachers and staff to carry a firearm, one would think that of the 306 school shootings that occurred from 2000 to 2018, many might be caused by the availability of guns on campus. Twenty states currently allow teachers and staff to carry guns, to varying degrees, on school property.

The Crime Prevention Research Center looked at every single shooting on school property over that 18-year period. None of the possible concerns many people have raised about teachers carrying firearms have occurred. In fact, there was not a single instance where someone was wounded or killed from a shooting, let alone a mass shooting, between 6 a.m. and midnight, at any school that permitted staff to carry guns.

In contrast, the number of people killed in “gun-free” schools increased significantly – the number of shootings in the nine years between 2009 and 2018 was double that of the nine years between 2001 and 2008.

Criminals often focus on “soft targets” because they know they are unlikely to encounter any armed resistance.

The best thing to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Allowing school staff to discreetly carry on campus is a proven deterrent.

Isn’t it time we accept the truth about armed school staff and act to protect our kids, teachers and staff from criminals who seek to kill as many of them as possible?

G. Lamar Wilkie