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Father Pulls Gun On Coach....

Postby Todd.Scallions » Fri Jun 11, 2010 11:08 am

.... in Bartlett Park.

WMCTV-5 in Memphis has a story on their website about a guy pulling a gun on a baseball coach. I live in Bartlett so naturally I wanted to find out what happened. At the end of the story, the reporter throws in one line that really pisses me off. The city of Bartlett has no law banning guns in parks. Now I don't know the reporters stance on the whole guns in parks law, but I read this statement as "Had Bartlett had chosen to opt out and restrict guns in parks the way Memphis did, this would have never happened". I plan on emailing this reporter and telling him how this makes me feel.
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Re: Father Pulls Gun On Coach....

Postby Todd.Scallions » Fri Jun 11, 2010 11:23 am

Here is the letter I just sent him:

Mr. Major,

I just read your report on WMCTV-5’s website and must admit, I’m a little confused about one line you added to your story. The city of Bartlett has no law banning guns in parks. What, may I ask, were your intentions on adding this line to your story? I’m going to be honest and tell you how I interpreted it. I read it as you stating that had Bartlett followed suite and opted out of the “guns in parks” law like Memphis did, then this event would have never happened. It feels like sensationalism and that you are trying to hit on a recent hot topic to stir up controversy. In other words, agenda driven news reporting. Now I don’t really think your agenda is to try an urge people to have the law reversed in Bartlett as much as you are just trying to pour a little fuel on the already burning fire. It’s your story, your job and I am not telling you how to do it but if you feel the need to seed your opinion within a fact, then I feel the need to respond as you are no longer reporting the news, but in fact, trying to create news to report on.

Thank you,
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Re: Father Pulls Gun On Coach....

Postby TacticaLogic » Fri Jun 11, 2010 12:20 pm

Todd, nice job... You kept it polite and professional while making your point very well.

Let us know if you get a reply, and post it if you do.

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Re: Father Pulls Gun On Coach....

Postby GraceOutcast » Fri Jun 11, 2010 12:37 pm

http://www.wmctv.com/Global/story.asp?S=12630625

He pulled out out of his car then loaded it. There must have been some previous bad blood between these two for it to escalate this far.

Based on CA's website this guy doesn't have a TN HCP. So, yes...Bartlett doesn't allow guns in parks for this guy.
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Re: Father Pulls Gun On Coach....

Postby RobertNashville » Fri Jun 11, 2010 2:29 pm

It's since been determined that this father does have a HCP.

Elements of this story, if you read the whole thing don't make a lot of sense but as best I can tell, the person had no justification for drawing his weapon and if that's true, he did a great disservice to all of us who carry responsibility.

In the book "In The Gravest Extreme" Massad Ayoob says (and I'm paraphrasing here); that the armed citizen has a greater duty to avoid confrontations than an unarmed citizen. I would suggest that we all need to be willing to "walk away", when we can, to keep something from escalating no matter who is in the "right".

At the very least, it's irresponsible, in my humble opinion, to let an argument over "at bat time" in Little League escalate to the point that anyone needs to draw a weapon - what if someone had actually been shot/killed over such a ridiculous issue.
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Re: Father Pulls Gun On Coach....

Postby C. Richard Archie » Fri Jun 11, 2010 11:58 pm

He needs to be charged if he violated the law, and he will loose his permit if he is in fact a holder and violated TCA Code.
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Re: Father Pulls Gun On Coach....

Postby tnxdshooter » Sun Jun 13, 2010 7:59 am

C. Richard Archie wrote:He needs to be charged if he violated the law, and he will loose his permit if he is in fact a holder and violated TCA Code.



Yeah and they need to throw the book at this ignoramous.
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Re: Father Pulls Gun On Coach....

Postby Sky King » Sat Jun 19, 2010 11:20 pm

RobertNashville wrote:It's since been determined that this father does have a HCP.

Elements of this story, if you read the whole thing don't make a lot of sense but as best I can tell, the person had no justification for drawing his weapon and if that's true, he did a great disservice to all of us who carry responsibility.

In the book "In The Gravest Extreme" Massad Ayoob says (and I'm paraphrasing here); that the armed citizen has a greater duty to avoid confrontations than an unarmed citizen. I would suggest that we all need to be willing to "walk away", when we can, to keep something from escalating no matter who is in the "right".

At the very least, it's irresponsible, in my humble opinion, to let an argument over "at bat time" in Little League escalate to the point that anyone needs to draw a weapon - what if someone had actually been shot/killed over such a ridiculous issue.


I agree completely in that the father exercised very poor judgement. I too was taught in my permit class that as a firearms carrier, that I was going to have to "eat more crow" and just walk away.

However, what I have expressed to many people concerning this and the killing last year of Robert "Dutch" Schwerin by Harry Coleman is that we, (the general public) having not been there to see what really went on, only know what is reported in the generally biased media. These two events have great potential to do our cause a great deal of trouble. It is exactly what the gun grabbers and the media have been waiting for. Personally, I think the coach in this event was equally stupid. In all fairness to the father, he DID what the coach and league officials asked him to do. He left the playing area. He went to his car. He obviously was not going to leave while his child was still playing but he left the area as asked. He was sitting in his car minding his own business. The coach should have left it alone. In my opinion the coach is responsible for the escalation of the confrontation. If the father is wrong, he does deserve to be punished and loose his permit, however the coach can not deny some degree of responsibility.
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