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A 'liberal' gun law I can embrace
Posted By John Rocker On 04/28/2014 @ 7:18 pm In Commentary,Opinion | No Comments
It’s rare you find positive news coming out of the world of politics. Seemingly every day a new story breaks of a new tax, new program, or new initiative (all paid for by your hard-earned tax dollars) dreamed up by the Democrats, the Republicans or some combination of both, to alleviate some alleged wrong.
Isn’t this the definition of government in America today: finding new methods, reasons, justifications, etc. in which to pass measures (regardless of the results) ostensibly to help people improve a part of their life, at the expense of a few hundred million – possible even a billion – tax dollars?
One can easily become jaded hoping for your elected officials to enact measures leading to an improvement in your life, but the Republicans in my home state of Georgia have finally decided to exercise their political capital and pass a new law that will improve life for every citizen of the state.
Republican, Democrat, black, white, Asian or Hispanic, Christian or Jew, all will find the state a little more peaceful and safer.
Derisively labeled the “Guns everywhere” law by opponents, Republicans in the state worked to pass a bill allowing concealed permit holders the ability to carry into bars, government buildings and even churches.
School districts will even be able to let employees carry a firearm, adding yet another layer of security in an era where parents fear sending their kids of to be educated at public institutions.
Gov. Nathan Deal, quietly one of the top governors in all of America, signed the bill into law, saying:
“This legislation will protect the constitutional rights of Georgians who have gone through a background check to legally obtain a Georgia Weapons Carry License.
“Roughly 500,000 Georgia citizens have a permit of this kind, which is approximately 5 percent of our population. License holders must have passed background checks and are in good standing with the law. This law gives added protections to those who have played by the rules – and who can protect themselves and others from those who don’t play by the rules.”
Going through a background check to legally obtain a Georgia Weapons Carry License (concealed permit) isn’t the equivalent of pulling into a McDonald’s and ordering a Big Mac and a Coke.
One must go through an intense screening process and background viability check via the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) and state. Felons and those who have broken laws governing civil behavior are disqualified from getting a concealed permit, meaning solid citizens of the state of Georgia, passing a long background check process, are those now capable of carrying their weapons into previously off-limits locations.
Back in 1997, the late Charlton Heston appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” (or “Depressed,” as Limbaugh refers to them). The then-president of the National Rifle Association opened his appearance with a quote I’ve come to love and recite from time to time with people who have second thoughts on the Second Amendment:
“Let me make a short, opening, blanket comment. There are no good guns. There are no bad guns. Any gun in the hands of a bad man is a bad thing. Any gun in the hands of a decent person is no threat to anybody – except bad people.”
To many on the left – those goodhearted liberals who think they know everything and assume in their shortsighted thinking that they and they alone have the ability to legislate any bill or fund any initiative to fix any problem – the Second Amendment needs to be put on ice; allowing any citizen, regardless of legal standing, the right to carry a gun represents a detriment to their idea of order and stability.
For but a few years of my life, I’ve called the great state of Georgia home. Growing up in Macon and spending much of my adult life in metro Atlanta, I’ve had the opportunity to be exposed to firearms as both a hunter and for personal protection.
Over the course of my life, I’ve put thousands upon thousands of rounds through my hunting rifle, and an equal amount through the various pistols I have carried. As Gov. Deal mentioned, more than 500,000 people in the state of Georgia have a concealed permit, meaning they’ve probably expended a similar amount of rounds in their lifetimes, as well.
These are the good people Heston spoke about, when he matter-of-factly stated the simple difference in ascribing the adjectives of good and bad to those who handle firearms.
Many areas of Atlanta are unsafe, not because of guns, but because of what bad men do with those guns. The same can be said of Columbus, Macon, Savannah, Augusta, Athens and Valdosta. These bad men utilize a gun as a means to end, terrorizing entire communities of decent people.
A gun is nothing more than a tool, and though some people in Georgia use them for crimes, the thought that 1 out of every 20 individuals you see IS carrying a concealed weapon should give these bad men pause.
If you play by the rules in Georgia, you get rewarded with rights those on the left would rather remain in the hands of only those with badges. Well, I’ve seen what happens in cities where the left dominates the political landscape and the massive amount of gun violence that results. Gun-related crimes ranging from murder to armed robbery and carjacking in places like Chicago and Detroit haven’t been affected one bit despite incredible amounts of gun control.
Though the left will try and demonize Georgia over our new liberal gun law (liberal in a positive sense), the horrific news of more people being shot and killed in Chicago will serve as a reminder of what happens when you legislate in favor of bad men.
The law in Georgia? It’s a reminder of what happens when you legislate in favor of not only good men, but those hardworking people who pay the taxes to make this whole experiment in self-governance work.
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