Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Georgia, Reap What Ye Have Sown

I was strolling around the web yesterday and found this story and, sadly, my first thought was, "Well, that didn’t take long."

A mere few days after Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed a new gun bill into law — which allows one to carry a concealed weapon just about anywhere in the state, save anywhere near Nathan Deal’s office — a gun nut has come out of the woodwork to terrorize children at a Little League game.

He walked around the parking lot at the game, showing his gun to parents and children, and shouting:
“There’s nothing you can do about it.”
One parent complained about him brandishing his weapon, asking children if they wanted to see it, while he raged on and on about how he had every right to do so. He knew he was frightening people; I mean, who in their right mind … and I know this is Georgia, but there’s bound to be some folks in their right mind … wouldn’t be afraid of a man waving a gun in the air?

And there were some sane folks in the park that day; there were two dozen 911 calls to local police about the lunatic with the gun at the ball field, but there was nothing the police could do about it because he had a permit and wasn’t actually threatening anyone.

Not threatening anyone? Hmm, a guy in a park, waving around a gun isn’t seen as a threat? I guess he’d have to actually shoot someone before anyone would take it seriously.

And say there was yet another gun nut in the park that day — again, it’s Georgia, it's not that far-fetched — and say that gun nut was there with his family. And say that gun nut thought the first gun nut was a threat? Would he have the right to shoot? Or do we wait for Gun Nut #1 to begin firing into a crowd of children before the other gun-toting, pistol-packing, armed Georgians step forward and start shooting?

This is America, people, where the GOP is owned by the NRA and they have become the beck-and-call girls to the gun lobby. It’s an America where it’s perfectly fine just to wander through a park, down a city street, into a church, or school, or bar, or shopping mall, waving a gun around and telling people they can’t do a thing about it.

Is that the America any rational person wants?


Ron said...

No, this is not a rational America when anyone can own a gun and threaten people with it. I am so thankful I live in a state (Delaware) where this will not happen. As I mentioned earlier, my co-worker's 19 son had a job at the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk at Fun Land. He had his small handgun in his holster on his hip. Mr. Cool. His job was helping little kids on and off the rides. The first day he went with his newly acquired gun on his job he was fired. His mother (my co-worker) was outraged. She said "But he has that gun legally!" She JUST DOESN"T GET IT. I'm glad they fired his ass. Maybe someday this country will come to its senses and realize that the fabled Second Amendment about militias referred to a different time and a different place, not modern day society.

the dogs' mother said...

When Eldest played soccer and was in a tournament the teams was surprised to be presented an award for Best Behaved Parents. Who knew, just by being civil and supportive it was unusual.
With some things I've read about parents and behavior at sporting events... well, Georgia I'm scared for you.

www.DiatribesAndOvations.com said...

Georgia was scary enough before its governor declared it legal to carry guns willy nilly. It's just a matter of (very little) time before seeing guns on hips is as commonplace as seeing cell phones once was. We won't even notice them or who's carrying them ... and many will be criminals.

If only people with guns could only shoot other people with guns.

anne marie in philly said...

and today in GA, a fedex employee shot 6 co-workers before he was killed.

WTF is this country coming to?????

♫Musique♫ said...

My thoughts exactly Especially after the FedEX shooting. I hope the dumb Governor sees how dangerous and irrational this law is.

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