“Common sense ain't common.” ~ Will Rogers
The day before yesterday . . . Tuesday, July 1, 2014 . . . the day common sense died.
It was the day that the brilliant gentlemen and gentlewomen who govern the state of Georgia from their warmed-over seats in the Republican-controlled General Assembly in cooperation with Republican Governor Nathan Deal (“A” rated by the NRA) made it legal for gun lovers to carry guns anywhere, anytime, for any reason or for no reason at all or just to prove to everyone else that they can or just because.
The Georgia Safe Carry Protection Act gives anyone the right to carry weapons into every public place the state deemed crucial to every gun lover’s freedom of expression.
Georgians can now strap on gun belts with or without cartridges with corresponding automatic pistols and/or revolvers or throw on a bandoleer and sling an M-16 or two over a shoulder and head on out to stroll around an airport or sit next to you in a bar or pray with you in church or just hang out in just about any type of public place you can imagine.
Lest any gun-totin’ Georgian think that good governance in the Peach State ain’t everything it should be, the new law also allows teachers to carry guns in and around any elementary school, middle school, high school, or any other educational institution anytime, anywhere, for any reason or for no reason at all.
I have to admit that in the aftermath of so many school shootings and gunfire massacres in so many parts of the country in recent years, I wonder, was creating, writing, introducing, debating, and passing this particular law the best possible use of legislative resources in the state of Georgia?
I know what you’re thinking: Davy, so what! This is America . . . where the Second Amendment (A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a Free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed) guarantees the right of all Americans, including Georgians, to carry guns anytime, anywhere.
I hear what you’re saying so let’s agree to disagree about the ‘well-regulated Militia’ phrase and I will agree for the moment that you’re absolutely right; Americans have the right to keep and bear arms, anytime, anywhere, for any reason.
That said, there is still one little fact to consider: the United States of America has more guns (300 million plus) and experiences more gun deaths (more than 8,500 in 2011 according to the FBI) than any other nation on the face of the earth.
On the other hand, there are fewer than 1,000 guns in the hands of 127 million people in Japan where there were fewer than 800 gun deaths last year.
Clearly . . . more guns equal more gun deaths.
Good or bad?
So . . . what do you think?
Did the Georgia General Assembly and Governor Nathan Deal do a good thing by passing the Georgia Safe Carry Protection Act?
Political sense says yes because members of the Georgia Assembly and Governor Deal ensured the continuing flow of gun lobby contributions into their campaign coffers and guaranteed continued support from gun-loving voters who will re-elect the politicians who gave them the ability to strut around in public waving their precious guns.
Common sense says no for thousands of Georgia’s gunshot victims and the folks who care for and about them.
Not so good?
But then again, if common sense died in Georgia the day before yesterday, does any of this really matter?
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