Georgia Voices: Legislature trying to go overboard on guns
by The Macon Telegraph
March 05, 2014 04:00 AM | 2399 views | 3 3 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend | print
There are lawmakers in Atlanta who will stoop to any lengths to kowtow to the gun-toting public, particularly its leadership. However, even the gun-toting public understands when something is going a little too far.

There have been attempts in Georgia to allow students with gun carry permits to brandish their weapons on college campuses over the objections of college presidents. A few sessions ago, there was a push to allow employees to bring weapons on their jobs against the will of their employers. And there was another push to allow guns in airports. Fortunately, those attempts failed.

Now there is a proposal to allow weapons in churches and bars — something even the gun-toting public sees as problematic — yet it passed the House on Tuesday. And there are lawmakers who want to give those caught in the screening process with a weapon at airports a pass.

This effort, unlike the others, is not a legitimate Second Amendment debate. As the old saw states: “Ignorance of the law is no excuse.” Sure, there are some people who simply forget they are packing a firearm, just as there are those who forget the speed limit is 55 mph. Those offenders are handed a ticket and pay fines.

We won’t talk about irresponsible behavior as state Sen. Nan Orrock (D-Atlanta) did when asked about the proposal to let those who “innocently” forget they have a weapon to go free. “If we have people who are so indifferent and careless with their weapon that they can stand up with a straight face and say, ‘Oh I forgot I had a weapon on me,’ that’s not the sort of person who should be carrying a weapon,” Orrock said.

Counsel representing airport screeners also think the proposal is a dangerous idea, and they have good reason to be worried. One of their own was cut down at Los Angeles International Airport last November. Passengers flying into and out of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport should be particularly concerned. More weapons were confiscated in Atlanta during screenings than at New York’s Kennedy, Chicago’s O’Hare, Miami International’s and Los Angeles’ airports combined.

Lawmakers may get the thumbs up in certain quarters for their efforts to liberalize penalties in this respect, and it may help prove their firearm bona fides, but it does nothing to improve their standing in the eyes of those who cherish the Second Amendment.

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Lib in Cobb
March 15, 2014
@Shirley: Why is it that so many people like you draw a comparison between carrying a gun and patriotism?

BTW, the concern of someone in the crowd would have a gun did not stop the shooters in, Newtown, Auroa, Blacksburg, Phoenix, Ft. Hood, Binghamton, Littleton, Washington Navy Yard, Seal Beach, Manchester, Appomattox, Carthage, Omaha and on and on ad nauseam.
smith & wesson
March 05, 2014
There is no such thing as "going overboard on guns"! Lobbyists for the firearm manufacturers known as the NRA will never be satisfied until every man, woman and child is packing a gun in every public place. Ask yourself WWTND "What Would Ted Nugent do". Playing to people's paranoia is always good politics.
Shirley Temple
March 05, 2014
The only thing that prevents whacko attackers is a fear that someone might defend themselves, or, stated differently, concealed carry. No one who does not wish to defend themselves or other potential victims should have to. Anyone patriotic enough to defend themselves and others should carry.
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