Tuesday, February 14, 2006

The state that couldn't shoot straight

Fortunately we don't have many problems in my home state (so what if we're 50th in SAT scores). This legislative freedom has allowed the Georgia General Assembly to focus on those under the radar problems, such as the freedom to bear arms everywhere.

Never mind that Georgia has the country's most lenient gun laws. Never mind that, in Atlanta, for example, 73 of the 112 murders and 1,717 of the 3,116 robbieries last year involved a firearm.

According to the AJC, House Bill 101 permits the transport of "an unloaded or loaded firearm ... in any location in the motor vehicle." Which is convenient if, say, a cop has pulled you over and you want to bust a cap in his or her ass. Why shouldn't you be able to have your firearm ready for bear, under your seat, or in your cup holder, for instance?

House Bill 998, cleverly titled "Georgia's Self-Defense Act," gives employees the right to bring their guns to work and leave them in the cars, if they so choose. Finally, someone's looking out for the disgruntled worker with a score to settle.

There's more. Senate Bill 396 allows people to shoot anyone they perceive as a threat. Glad to see someone's standing up for vigilantism.

Finally, House Bill 104 proposes to add judges and legislators, past and present, to the list of Georgians permitted to "carry pistols in publicly owned or operated buildings."

Shoot first, solve real problems later. Now that's good government.

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