Wednesday, March 26, 2014

News Flash: Pro-Gun Law in Georgia

Since a part of this blog is focused on current affairs, I figured I needed to do more each week to feature what's going on around the world. I'm still working on exactly how information will be presented, but one way will be "News Flash". In this feature, I'll highlight something going on, somewhere in the world, that I think is relevant, important, or just noteworthy. Hope you enjoy and that it gets you thinking about things going on "out there".

Did you know that Georgia is likely to almost create a law that will allow people with weapons permits to carry a loaded gun into a bar, in public areas of airports, and will allow school officials to appoint certain staff members in schools to carry guns? You can read about it here.

The bill does stimulate that those carrying a gun into bars may not be served alcohol, but it does not say how this will be enforced. It also says that the purpose of staff members carry guns in schools is to protect children if there is an intruder.

The National Rifle Association, which has been lobbying for the bill, said that the bill is a "historic victory for the second amendment."

State Representative Rick Jasperse, who originally sponsored the bill, said that this issue of allowing people to carry loaded guns in public areas is a "private property issue".

My questions:

- Does someone's right to own private property (in this case, a gun), supersede someone else's right to live (since that is what is at stake here)?

- How will this actually be enforced in bars? And who is going to go to a bar, announce that they have a gun, and request that they not be served alcohol?

- Why does anyone need to carry a loaded gun? (Side comment: I live in country that is usually considered far more dangerous than the US…we have a wall taller than I am surrounding our house, with an electric fence on top...and I have never felt the need to carry a gun or even own one.)

- Am I missing a benefit to this bill?

What do you think? Thoughts?

Amiable comments only, please. :)


  1. Many people (especially here in the South) point out that it is their Constitutional right to bear arms. Period. Many folks already carry guns---you just don't see them. The part about carrying guns into bars is what scares me! LOL! ~(E.T.)

    1. E.T. - I get that people are concerned about their rights, but we have plenty of others - I just don't get this one. Ha, and yes, the bars part is nuts.

  2. I believe the argument for loaded gun on school grounds would be the potential to prevent the shooting massacres (Columbine and Sandy Hook come to mind). While understandable in its purpose, it seems to me there is more potential for harm (accidental shootings, faulty judgments, etc) if this bill indeed is passed.

    As for the loaded guns in bars...whatever happened to common sense? A concealed gun is just that...concealed. The responsibility to not drink would be on the one carrying the gun. How likely is that? There are enough crazies out there as it is. I hate to think of adding loaded guns to the scenario.

    1. I agree. I think there is a greater potential for something going wrong in schools than the guns being used for protection. Common sense is a good way to put…or the lack of. :)


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