Organizers want to take back state's rights
There are some rumblings in Mt. Juliet about a message, in form of a petition, to send to the federal government crafted by two Mt. Juliet commissioners with some support from a state representative.
The recent event in Chattanooga where five servicemen were slain at their recruitment office spurred the movement for District 1 City Commissioner Ray Justice, along with District 4 Commissioner Brian Abston, and now State Rep. Susan Lynn. Justice's posts on Facebook have caused a stir.
"Our little city of Mt. Juliet needs to take it to the next level," he said. "We're not so little anymore, and we have folks from all over the country who are now part of our community. What happened in Chattanooga could just as easily happen here. Does that scare you a little bit? Are our kids safe? Our families? Do we just sit here and do nothing in hope that evil doesn't notice us? It's too late. We're noticed. Let's pick a day and meet at the Charlie Daniels Park and let our voices be heard."
Justice feels the federal government is interfering too much. He wants to get people together in a "civil manner" to "get our voices heard."
"We want to be loud and proud," he said. "It's time time we organized with our efforts."
Justice noted recent Supreme Court decisions and no respect for law enforcement.
"It's time we have a voice," he said "And quit letting the federal government take over things. It's about states' rights."
Justice is currently crafting a petition to send to the Federal Government.
Lynn said she supports the movement. She helped rein in lot of emotion to give advice for the petition.
"We narrowed down the petition to tell the Federal Government we want our military people to be able to carry fire arms when they go work," she said.
She said military personnel currently aren't allowed to carry a firearm onto the base when they go to work.
"They can't have it with them," she said.
She said since last September there have been 41 incidents.
"They are like sitting ducks," she said. "We want our petition from the citizens to tell the Federal Government military should be able to carry fire arms driving to and from work and at work.
"It's got to start somewhere."
Another issue for the petition may be Lynn's concern "the government does not have a clear process when police encounter someone on the terrorist "Watch List." She's said currently it isn't clear-cut and causes some confusion.
"We basically are supporting our military and police," she said. "They are just trying to do their jobs."
Abston said a lot of people he encounters are upset about recent events.
"A special time to give residents a place to voice their concerns and sign a petition is a good idea," Abston said. "Rather, a peaceful rally. There is a sure purpose and it's something solid to do. Hopefully other cities will see us and have their own event for petitions. People are tired of the Federal Government stomping on our Constitution."
He noted these initial efforts to organize a petition rally "is not to get people riled up and doing crazy things. It's to get people involved and to send a message," he said. "The message that we feel our rights are being taken away."
As of Sunday, Justice said no firm date has been determined for the event at the park.
Writer Laurie Everett can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.