I was appalled to hear that the state of Georgia passed a bill into law that expands the availability of guns in that state. Georgia’s new “Guns Everywhere” law expands the rights of gun owners to, what I believe are unsafe levels.
I am all for the rights that are guaranteed to American citizens by our Constitution. The Second Amendment to the Constitution specifically guarantees American citizens “the right to keep and bear arms.” However, specific details of Georgia’s new law are of grave concern.
First of all, the locations where concealed weapons are allowed includes bars, churches, schools, airports, and some government buildings. I see enormous problems with this expansion. “Picture this,” as I can imagine Sophia, of The Golden Girls, introduce some vivid illustrations.
A man walks into a bar, and glances at the ladies. The boyfriend or spouse of one of these ladies takes offense, and “blows that fella’ away.” Or, someone pulls a gun on the pastor of a church, during a service, and five people stand up and start shooting. The crossfire kills and wounds dozens.
Another problem with Georgia’s new law is that only mental health patients, who have been hospitalized within the previous five years of application, will be denied permits to carry. Now, imagine someone with schizophrenia, for example, who is receiving mental health services, but suddenly refuses to take his or her medication, and becomes delusional.
In addition, law enforcement will be able to ask someone who is carrying, whether or not they have a permit, but they will not have the right to require that individual to show the actual permit. Why is that different from requiring people to produce license verifications on-the-spot, for things such as driving, hunting or fishing?
I foresee an additional problem arising from the increase in citizens carrying concealed weapons. Imagine any situation where people tend to lose their temper, such as when working, driving, or waiting in a check-out or reservations line.
Furthermore, the relaxation of gun restrictions will, invariably, produce an increase in gun ownership. That means that there will be a consequent increase in gun violence in all age groups, including murders, suicides, and accidental shootings.
As Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”