Rex: Radnor Lake Rambo returns

Sunday, February 14, 2010 at 11:45pm

The Radnor Lake Rambo, as dubbed by the Nashville Scene’s Jeff Woods, is at it again.

Leonard Embody, who alarmed hikers in December when, dressed in fatigues, he went for a stroll brandishing an AK-47 handgun at Radnor Lake State Park, walked down a street in Belle Meade with a loaded pistol in his hand recently. Shockingly, something about that really freaked out the police.

Embody again said he’s trying to make the point that state licensees can openly carry their handguns just about anywhere they please.

“I walked with my Navy model 1851 black powder pistol,” Embody wrote on his blog. “It was loaded with hornady .44 cal ball or .454, triple 7 powder, and ccc percusion caps. One chamber was left empty for safety. It was carried in my hand as law requires. I wore a reflective vest and an arm band and ankle band for safety as it was nearly dark when I began the walk.
I walked north on Belle Meade blvd against traffic and to the median as required by ordinance … I almost reached the first break in the median a cop car stoped and the officer told me to put the gun down. Against my objection he searched me (inside of my pockets). He also called in the serial # of the handgun which I told him I objected to. The handgun is loaded and his fiddling around with it made me uncomfortable. Two other cops also showed up. I was held 15 minutes and released to go on my way.” [sic]

All of this gun stuff started last year, when the General Assembly said you should be able to carry a gun into a place that serves alcohol or in a state park. It’s ramping up again this year, with a combination of this Barney Fife zaniness and legislators ready to overturn a court opinion that blocked their guns-in-bars bill in the first place.

In retaliation, one state House member is filing bills that would shut down most of the bars from Beale Street to Blountville.

I’ll take “Therapists” for $1,000, Alex

If you’ll permit Rex a moment of pride: One of his protégés is going to be a TV star, and he could not be prouder.

The self-proclaimed “beguiling, be-spectacled and be-bow-tied” City Paper and Nashville Post scribe J.R. Lind headed to sunny — and way, way warmer — Los Angeles last week to tape an episode of Jeopardy!

Rex was a little jealous — Alex Trebek’s all-knowing, smarter-than-thou attitude has always served as a font of inspiration. But envy subsided as Rex peppered J.R. with a warm-up A&Q session that made him realize how long it’s been since he cracked open a book that didn’t have the words “for dummies” in the title.

Lind ought to be just fine so long as Trebek sticks to questions about condo square-footage, foreclosure trends and the Kansas City Royals. Maybe he’ll get lucky and one of the answers will be, “What is a blighted property in Nashville?”

Rex doesn’t know how J.R. did — the little guy had to sign pages upon pages of release and confidentiality forms — but if we see him sporting gold-plated Chuck Taylor’s, we’ll have a pretty good idea he went all Ken Jennings on everybody.

Watch this space for when the show will air in Nashville and for watch-party details.


Rex has heard that former Deputy Governor of Tennessee Stuart Brunson can’t count on the in-laws for a while if he and his wife need some free babysitting. A couple weeks ago, Brunson’s father-in-law, Theodore Sedgwick, was nominated by President Obama to serve as U.S. ambassador to Slovakia in Bratislava. Not a bad gig.

Slovakia is nestled among Poland, Austria, Ukraine, Czech Republic and Hungary. It is a member of the European Union and NATO, as well as the home of a number of Victoria’s Secret models, if you trust Google.

According to the U.S. State Department presser announcing the nomination, “Sedgwick is a business executive with experience in launching and operating publishing and timber enterprises. He is the founder of Pasha Publications, a specialty publisher focused on energy, defense, and environment markets.” And so on goes the list of impressive accomplishments.

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18 Comments on this post:

By: bfra on 2/15/10 at 6:21

This kook is an embarrassment to people with carry permits! He needs a mental evaluation.

By: daKine7 on 2/15/10 at 6:38

He's going to pull this showboating, worthless, "I need attention, PLEASE, someone!", crap with the Police once too often. They'll say, "drop your weapon!", and he'll point the gun toward a rookie cop and BANG!
Hopefully, stories of more stunts from this whackey individual will refer to him as, "the late Mr. Embody".

By: idgaf on 2/15/10 at 6:38

I agree this guy is not wrapped to tight and why they included open carry does not make sense. It produces undue anxiety to the public.

They should suspend his permit pending phycological evaluation.

By: xhexx on 2/15/10 at 7:51

His latest stunt has nothing to do with the guns in restaurants or parks bills. It also has nothing to do with the open carry provision of the HCP rules.
He carried that pistol as was allowed in Belle Meade by a law dating back to 1870. He may be a loon, but he's a well informed one. Much better so than most of the commenters on these articles.

Open carry was included in the HCP law so that if someone carrying concealed inadvertently exposed his weapon, they wouldn't be in violation of the law. Just for the record, many states allow open carry without any kind of permit required. In VA for instance, you can't carry concealed into restaurants, but open carry in restaurants and bars is allowed. So our law is actually far more restrictive than many others.

By: cashnthings on 2/15/10 at 7:52

OK folks lets quit with the demonazation of guns already.I know the goverment does not want you to have them so they try to portray everyone who has one as a kook.It is not going to work we are on to the scam.You are not getting the guns so back off.

By: dargent7 on 2/15/10 at 8:25

Tell your brilliant theory(s) to the families of the 3 Biology Professors in MA who were killed by a lunatic who killed her own brother 30 years earlier.

And in 1870 it was legal to own slaves and marry your sister or 1st cousin.
Tenn. cannot get wine sales in groceries, but a kook openly carrying a gun is within his "right's"?

How about a citizen with a carry permit who percieves this guy walking on the sidewalk in front of his house to be a threat? I'd shoot the guy and "discuss" his 2nd Amendment right's, later.

By: wataboutbob on 2/15/10 at 8:26

There was only a problem because it was a shocking display, something we're not used to seeing. Maybe we should see more of it and come to realize we are much safer on the streets if there are more legal guns being carried.

By: govskeptic on 2/15/10 at 8:39

A forced "Committal" to a state mental hospital (If we have any)
may send this guy back to Virg. or at least someother state to
show off his cause/stupidity!

By: on 2/15/10 at 9:32

If I remember my history correctly, the Emancipation Proclamation was signed by Pres. Lincoln in 1861. That officially abolished slavery. We then fought a Civil War losing half a million Americans. The shooting of the professors was in Huntsvill, AL. The lady was angry for her being denied Tenure. This guy probably should have his permit rescinded, but he hasn't done anything to deserve being shot. I don't think the Death Penalty is applicable in this case.

By: Alphadog7 on 2/15/10 at 9:33

I'm not a huge gun proponent, but the comments calling the guy crazy for doing something well within the law are over top. If you don't like the law, work to change it. That is how the system works. If you can't it change it, it could be that you are in the minority. Don't attack the guy, he is just the 'messenger' so to speak.

By: bfra on 2/15/10 at 9:41

d7 - I agree with you! If someone points a gun at me or mine, I will shoot first and ask questions later. Some of these posters seem to think you are supposed to read minds and just stand there to see if someone is going to shoot. That could be too late.

By: robertmack on 2/15/10 at 9:47

dargent7, you need to read the post by, he knows our history, you are wrong in your post, dead wrong. Brush up on history before you post it.

By: bfra on 2/15/10 at 9:58

mack - There is also a law covering selfdefense!

By: dargent7 on 2/15/10 at 10:25

Robertmack: I brushed up on my Psychology 101. This guy, and those sympathetic to his "cause", are clinically "nuts". Carrying a weapon openly will get him shot, by Police or a civilian, accidental or not.
And in 1870 in Tenn. you could legally marry your 1st cousin.

By: on 2/15/10 at 1:03

I apologize, the actual date for the Emancipation Proclamation was 9/22/1862. Sorry for the misprint.

By: bfra on 2/15/10 at 3:48

Rambo is not a good name for this kook! He is probably scared of his shadow.

By: cegrover on 2/15/10 at 4:48

The man operated within his legal rights, and there is nothing wrong with that. The most frightening thing on this page is dargent7's post. If we have trigger-happy police running around (rookie or otherwise), shooting law-abiding citizens, then liberty has been lost. If is the duty of the police to know and respect the letter of the law. Along those lines, I'm a little disturbed that this man was detained against his will and searched against his will. Based on the limited facts presented, the police involved were violating his rights.

As for anyone considering shooting a person like this because he's near your sidewalk, you need to revisit what is legal on public property. If he was breaking into your house, that would be one thing. Walking on public property is another thing entirely.

As stated before, if you don't like this, then work to change the law. For now, though, this is legal behavior, whether or not you think it is logical or smart.

By: on 2/15/10 at 9:05

After pondering this, I've concluded that this man is not near the danger as the politician who would try to take his 2nd Amendment right away from him.