COMMENTARY: A Sense Of Security
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Those in attendance at the Cannon County Commission meeting Saturday at the Cannon County Courthouse certainly had no reason not to feel a sense of security.

In the audience were the sheriff, a former sheriff, several deputies, several former deputies, and a majority of Cannon County's constables.

That doesn't include the former sheriff and current police sergeant who serve on the commission.

I don't really know whether the high level of law enforcement presence had anything to do with the recent shootings at an event held by a congresswoman in Arizona, but I'm glad they were there.

One really doesn't know what might happen at public gatherings involving government officials these days. In addition to the tragedy in Arizona, there have been instances of shootings in recent months at school board and city councils meetings across the country.

In most cases, public officials are able to go out in public without having to worry about their safety or those who attend whatever function is taking place. I recall that last year, when now-Governor Bill Haslam, and gubernatorial candidates Zach Wamp, Mike McWherter and Kim McMillian visited Cannon County, it did not appear they were accompanied by any security personnel, and local law enforcement was not present at their events.

The same is true for an outdoor event  at the courthouse in September featuring Diane Black, Mae Beavers and Mark Pody. Some law enforcement was in attendance, but it was more along the lines of an observatory capacity.

At the time I didn't think anything about it, because it did not enter my mind that something tragic might occur.

However, as much as we might want to believe that bad things won't happen, it's now apparent that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as Ben Franklin said. We have law enforcement in place to protect and serve. It is better for them to protect us proactively, than to serve us reactively.
Members Opinions:
January 17, 2011 at 8:28am
Excellent commentary!
January 17, 2011 at 9:18am
I agree with you Kevin.

However, I do remember a few people questioning the need for a Policeman at the door of the Election Office during early voting this past year.

Complaints ranged from "Was it necessary for the extra cost"? "Why the sudden change?" "We have never needed it before."

All I can say is, times have changed and in today's society and the way people have suddenly felt the need to bring a gun and kill people for no logical reason then having that extra protection is now a reality.

You nailed it with the "ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure'!
January 17, 2011 at 10:39am
Security no one is secure you can have sense of it but dont let you guard down.Anyone can go off his rocker including law offiers or council members.
January 17, 2011 at 12:25pm
It's a sad day when it is deemed a requirement to have an "army" around just to do routine city workings...

Will we feel more secure by hiring a cadre of authority?

This is Woodbury. The "new" Woodbury...?

I'll know it's bad when it gets to the point of more sergeant-at-arms in city hall than the citizens....

The "Big Brother' syndrome always rears its head when fear and tragedy occur.

We need more protection! We must have more for safety...

There is no way to solve this - It's a pitiful scene really...

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