The State Senate, located in the city of Atlanta, is set to debate a sweeping gun rights bill. According to Fox News, “a key committee put the measure on the House agenda for action on Thursday,” crossover day--the deadline most bills pass the house or senate.
They have seen a list of gun bills this session and House Bill 512 has provisions from a number of those measures.
The Bill would open new access points for guns in Georgia allowing gun owners to carry weapons in bars, churches, and many areas of college campuses.
On June 2012, in Stone Mountain, gunfire erupted in a church parking lot as a funeral was wrapping up, leaving two people dead and another two wounded.
In October, also of last year, a former church worker calmly walked into a service at World Changers in College Park and gunned down a church volunteer who was leading a prayer.
Following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the gun control debate has fueled many heated discussions both from those in favor and those opposing tougher gun control laws.
Black Conservatives spoke out in opposition to gun control. A Seattle area pastor, Ken Huterson said he wondered how many children would have to die before people realized that “a bad man with a gun can only be stopped by a good many with a gun.” He said additionally, that the Newtown school massacre has received far more attention than the daily death toll in America’s black communities.
Kenneth Blanchard, Washington D.C. pastor said that God expects people to protect their loved ones, with deadly force, if necessary.
Reverend Bruce Rivers of Santa Cruz, California said that gun control laws would not have stopped the gang that shot his son to death. A law abiding citizen could have. He went on to say that when God dealt with Cain after he killed Abel, he dealt with the man, not the weapon.
“Somebody should be able to carry a weapon with a license--remember that means people who are over 21--to everywhere on the campus except for residents halls, fraternities, and sororities where people live and athletic sporting events,” Representative Rick Jasperse (R-Jasper), the bill’s sponsor. He also mentioned that “the rule is designed for those who follow rules.”
“Campus carry” legislation followed a number of robberies of students near Georgia Tech and Georgia State University in Atlanta.
The gun control debate is a passionate one on both sides. However, gun control laws could serve to remove guns from law abiding citizens leaving them unarmed and defenseless against criminals who by the very definition do not obtain guns through legal means.
May our lawmakers remember that the Second Amendment right grants citizens the right to keep and bear arms. One only need research cities and countries where strict gun control laws exist to realize that they do not curb crime, but rather increase it.
A final thought, "Laws that forbid the carrying of arms. . . disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. . . Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man." -- Jefferson's "Commonplace Book," 1774-1776, quoting from On Crimes and Punishment, by criminologist Cesare Beccaria, 1764
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