Monday, an Ethiopian emigrant shot three people, then turned the gun on himself, committing suicide.
WATE-TV reports that the man, Abdo Ibssa, 38, was a naturalized U.S. citizen.
There are several disturbing details coming to light from this incident.
The man is reported in the story to have had a history of mental probblems; his family having had him committed. It was a federal offense for him to possess a firearm.
A handgun with a tampered serial number was found in his apartment. Possession of this might also be a Federal offense.
He was carrying a handgun without a valid permit, as far as I can determine. This would have been a violation of Tennessee law.
The shooting occured at Parkwest Hospital which is posted against guns. He obviously was not concerned about violating the Covenant Health gun free zone.
This shooting reminds me of the Luby’s Cafeteria shooting in Kileen, Texas, back in 1991. Dr. Suzanna Hupp lost her parents in that massacre. Dr. Hupp has since stated that she did not blame the killer; he was mentally incompetent. She blamed the State of Texas, for requiring her to be disarmed that day. She had left her handgun in her car, in compliance with state law.
In Knoxville, if you want to go into Parkwest or any other Covenant Health facility, or Mercy Hospital facilities, you (even if you have had a background check, been fingerprinted, and had training with a handgun; and with a permit purchased) must not take your handgun in with you. This also applies to you if you decide to go into a Knoxville City Park.
I suppose we could just disarm everybody. But wait – they are doing that in Great Britain, an island nation surrounded by water, and their ‘gun crime’ rate keeps going up.
Or, we could let the police take care of these things. Uh, I believe the police did an excellent job yesterday, but they simply could not be there to prevent the criime.
I think it unlikely that the signs that create victim disarmament zones will be taken down. So, if you must visit any of these places, remember, you are on you own. The police will come ASAP, but you must take care of yourself until then, usually ten or more minutes.
Meanwhile,learn and practice Jeff Cooper’s color codes of awareness, whether armed or not. Avoid gun free zones whenever possible. Be highly suspicious of officials that create and/or maintain gun free zones. They are not your friends.
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