On March 26, after agreeing to a compromise version of a “sweeping gun rights bill” sent to it by the state Senate, the Georgia State House of Representatives quickly sent HB 60 to the desk of Governor Nathan Deal where it awaits his signature.
The measure, officially styled the “Safe Carry Protection Act,” has been dubbed by detractors the “guns everywhere bill.” Specifically, the act permits citizens of the Peach State to lawfully carry firearms “in every location in this state,” not included within the listed exceptions (jails, courthouses, and government buildings, among others).
That’s right. In Georgia, lawmakers are enforcing the Second Amendment as written: “shall not infringe.” While the bill does permit these few exceptions, it is still a praiseworthy step toward thwarting the federal government’s constant assault on this most fundamental right.
Predictably, the establishment media is apoplectic, invoking the specter of the Sandy Hook massacre in an effort to foment fear. The New York Times writes:
More than a year after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut elicited a burst of gun-control legislation, the Georgia bill shows just how far the counterreaction has spread as lawmakers, mainly in Republican-controlled states in the South and West, pass laws allowing weapons in all corners of society while strengthening so-called Stand Your Ground laws.
Bloomberg’s Businessweek keeps pace with the Times’ propaganda, reporting:
Perverse as it may sound, the horrific mass shooting in December 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary produced a burst of state-level gun control bills around the country and then triggered a much stronger pro-gun backlash. The counter-reaction has now reached its apogee in Georgia. In the past year alone, 21 states have enacted laws expanding gun rights, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Several states added piecemeal provisions allowing firearms on college campuses or in bars or churches. Georgia’s politicians, egged on by the National Rifle Association, have gone for broke.
Former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords hyperbolically and hysterically called Georgia’s legislation “the most extreme gun bill in America.”
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