Memphis, with a long history of violence, has received national media attention for a shooting spree in which four people were recently killed and three wounded.
Just a few days earlier, Memphis jogger Eliza Fletcher had been brutally kidnapped and murdered. The suspect in this crime has additionally been charged in another woman's armed abduction and rape. It remains to be seen if there are other, currently unknown, victims.
Both suspects have been beneficiaries of Tennessee's sport fishing criminal justice system. By creating a system in which judges and parole boards repeatedly turn these societal predators loose on the public, legislators must take some responsibility for their actions.
But, Tennessee's legislature (and most other states') has also made it more feasible to carry a defensive weapon in public, either through shall issue permitting/licensing schemes, or permitless carry.
So, I encourage responsible adults to become your own first-responders. Start to carry a weapon of some sort.
- Practically all knives* are legal in Tennessee (except where prohibited) .
- Handguns** may generally be legally carried on the person or in a vehicle (except where prohibited).
- Consider pepper spray, too.
Any defensive weapon choice is a compromise. It seems that smaller and lighter handguns are becoming more popular; and they would be better than a snowball.
*Keep up to date on knife laws with Knife Rights app.
** See Handgunlaw.us or the Legal Heat app.