Georgia’s Safe Carry Protection Act: Arming citizens against the bad guys

Georgia’s Safe Carry Protection Act: Arming citizens against the bad guys

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Governor Nathan Deal signs Georgia bill
Governor Nathan Deal signs Georgia bill

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2014 – Pop Culture often mirrors real life. In the recently released Captain America: Winter Soldier, Nick Fury, leader of the protective force SHIELD recalls that his grandfather, an elevator operator, came home every night carrying his lunch sack stuffed with crumpled dollar bills – tips that he had earned.

As time went on, the neighborhood changed. And the time came that young men would approach the elderly man and ask him what was in the bag, and he would show him – crumpled dollars bills and a loaded 22 magnum.

“Grandfather liked people,” Fury says. “He just never trusted them.”*

And, Fury relates, he was never mugged. Jackson has said in interviews that the dialogue reflects a story he has told about his real-life grandfather.

This afternoon, Governor Nathan Deal will be signing into law the Safe Carry Protection Act.

Georgia has had some of the most permissive state gun laws; the new law – which critics are dubbing the Guns Everywhere Bill, will allow licensed owners to carry firearms into an expanded list of public places that includes churches, government buildings that do not have security checkpoints and bars.

Americans for Responsible Solutions and Mayors Against Illegal Guns have strongly criticized the Safe Carry Act.

“Police officers do not want more people carrying guns on the street,” Frank Rotondo Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, says. “Particularly police officers in inner city areas.”

The counter argument, highlighted by Nick Fury, is that arming citizens makes them safer as it allows potential victims to defend themselves from assault. The theory being that nothing will stop criminals from carrying weapons, but if citizens might be armed, those same criminals might think twice before engaging them.

Or they might be stopped faster

“When we limit a Georgian’s ability to carry a weapon — to defend themselves — we’re empowering the bad guys,” said Georgia state Rep. Rick Jasperse, who introduced the bill.

While liberal and anti-gun groups called for tighter gun restrictions following the tragedy at Sandy Hook (December 2012) , eight states have loosened gun laws while 10 states have strengthened regulations, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

Gallup Poll Trends show that in response to the question of whether only police (authorized person) should have handguns, the support of that has lessened from 2000 when 36% of those polled were in favor of only police having guns to 25% on October 2013. The percentage (24%) for police only gun ownership reaching its lowest point following the Sandy Hook tragedy.

Churches are given the opportunity to “opt-in” to permit weapons and school districts can appoint staff to carry firearms. Bars are able to opt out if they wish to ban firearms.

Guns confiscated at airport security checkpoints can be retrieved later without out criminal penalty.

(*May not be exact script.)

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