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Yes, yes, yes, the good citizens of Georgia (or some of them - more on that later) now have the right to carry firearms into bars, restaurants, libraries, schools and churches.   Sure, some wimp preachers may choose to forbid gun owners to bring them to Sunday Meetings, but I wouldn't want to be in their shoes when some of their freedom loving parishioners pay a visit to debate the matter.  I hear Mr. Glock, Mr. Smith and Mr. Wesson can be very persuasive when it comes to matters of WWJD.

However, the Georgia legislature and its Governor failed the rights of all of their citizens miserably when they passed this law.  As everyone knows, the Second Amendment is the only absolute right God gave us.  Just ask any responsible gun owner and they will tell you that God intended to limit our rights of freedom of speech and freedom of assembly and freedom from torture cruel and unusual punishment (Mr. Pepper Spray and Mr.Taser can attest to that).  Indeed, all our rights are subject to limitations.  Except one, the only one that matters, the glorious right to "keep and bear arms."  Because without the 2nd amendment the government tyranny would force atheism down our throats, make is all bow to Mecca five times a day, and we would have no ability to keep those government officials from stealing our sacred cattle off grazing on government land and lots of other bad stuff like - Communism!!!!!

So, while it is wonderful that Georgia's lawmakers have seen the light and specifically allowed gun owners to bring their guns into public places like God intended, they failed to protect the 2nd amendment rights of a significant group of Georgia residents, and we all know that once you deny anyone their right to bear arms and keep them safe under your pillow at night, you run the risk that in the future other people will have their right to shoot shit up stolen from them because - Judicial activism!!!!!!  We all know that if you don't make it perfectly clear that your right to a gun is sacrosanct, some clever lawyer and some unscrupulous judge will find a loophole big enough to drive an ATF SWAT team through, swooping up all of your pistols and rifles and shotguns and ammunition as they go.

My message to the Great State of Georgia, but especially its chickenshit legislators and Governor, is to fix that law, pronto.  For if even one person is denied the right to a firearm, are not we all at risk of losing ours?  You see, the Georgia legislators, whether out of stupidity, cupidity or craven cowardice denied thousands of Georgians their rights under the second amendment.  I speak of course, of those poor people who are held in Georgia jails or prisons, whether awaiting trial or already convicted.  At a minimum, this includes in all likelihood at least 55,000 people who the State of Georgia, in violation of the Constitution, is depriving of their right to keep and bear firearms.

Now, some of you libtards no doubt want to say that the Second Amendment doesn't apply to criminals, to which I say Hoooey!  Where in the language of that amendment does it say one word that all people EXCEPT convicted criminals or those charged with a crime have the right to firearms?  Nowhere, that's where!  And if mentally disturbed people and people who don't like how other people dress, or even people who get scared sitting in their cars at a convenience store can keep and bear arms for their protection, what gives the State of Georgia, or any other Nanny State Agency the power to deny prisoners their guns just because they happen to suffer the misfortune of being held behind bars?  Are their rights less important than yours?  Is their need for protection from dangerous rapists and murderers less than George Zimmerman's?  Hell no!

Indeed, we all know that prisons are extremely violent places where the threat of assault, rape, and even murder is present on a daily basis.  If drunks in a bar need guns to protect themselves from other drunks, how much greater is the need for prisoners held in confinement to have the means to defend themselves from those who would prey on them.  

Yes, prisons employ guards, but it's a known fact that even prison guards can go bad, and harm prisoners or allow them to come to harm through neglect, indifference or sheer meanness.  Let me give you just two of examples where a prisoner having a firearm would have made all the difference:

Example No. 1

An Alabama jail guard raped an inmate repeatedly, and the female warden told her there was nothing she could do about it - but put her on birth control, the woman claims in court.  [...]

Warden Smith transferred Cheatham to another facility to try to cover up the assaults, Osborne says in the lawsuit.

     But six weeks later, while working at a hotel as part of her program, Osborne says she "ended her shift by locking the pool and taking garbage out to a gated Dumpster. As plaintiff entered the gated fence where the Dumpster was located, defendant Cheatham drove a blue Trailblazer in front of the gate to block her exit. Defendant Cheatham grabbed plaintiff, put her in his back seat, tore her Best Western shirt and forced her khaki pants off. He then proceeded to brutally rape plaintiff through intercourse and sodomy. Plaintiff received bruises on her chest and arms. When defendant Cheatham was done raping plaintiff, he repeatedly said, 'Just relax, that wasn't so bad,' and 'Once you go black, you won't go back.'"

I think Ms. Osbourne could have used a Ruger LCP or a Beretta Nano under the circumstances, don't you?  A well placed shot to a certain "organ" would have done wonders for her.  Even the threat of a well placed nine millimeter slug could have saved her from a world of trouble.

Of course, it is not just female inmates that need handguns for their protection as my Example No. 2 makes clear.

Michigan prison officials needlessly housed juvenile inmates with adult convicts, where the guards then ignored allegations that the young inmates were sexually abused and essentially used as currency inside the facility, according to a new lawsuit. [...]

... It alleges that at least two of the plaintiffs were repeatedly raped because their older cellmates were selling access to the younger ones. It goes on to implicate corrections officers for allowing the rape to continue.

“MDOC staff was aware of the assaults and aware that male adult prisoners were paying John Doe 5’s cellmate access for access to John Doe 5 for purposes of sexually assaulting him,” the suit claims. [...]

The class-action suit cites seven plaintiffs, but was filed on behalf of more than 500 others who have been put in dangerous situations because of treatment from staff and inmates. It also accuses the MDOC of violating the Prison Rape Elimination Act by failing to adhere to guidelines that demand prisoners under the age of 18 have no sight, sound, or physical contact with adult prisoners.

Now, if more guns in public places makes us a safer society, why does not the same rule apply for those held in prison?  The Second Amendment either protects all of us, or none of us.  This is only logical.  A society that denies guns to those who need them most is a society ripe for government overreach.  Why, who knows if some tyrannical government bureaucrat this very minute is plotting to sic the dogs federal or local law enforcement on you for some imagined crime.  You can be innocent nine ways to Sunday for all the good it will do you.  And when you are sitting in your jail cell next to a real felon, your beloved Sig Sauer in some police property room after it was taken from your warm loving hands, who will be there to protect you from a fate worse than death (or death for that matter)?  No one, that's who, and without a firearm at your disposal , you will be just a piece of fresh meat for hardened criminals or corrupt prison officials to do with as they please.

Let me put it to you in a way that anyone can understand.  If a 67 year old Nevada rancher can use his guns and the guns of other patriots to protect himself, his family and his cows from a bunch of "rogue" BLM agents and succeed in forcing that evil government to back down, how can we deny Ms. Jane No. 27865 or Mr. Joe No. 57366 the same right to protect their lives from known criminals and "rogue" prison guards?

We can't.  

So Georgia Legislature, do the right thing.  All Georgians should be able to enjoy their 2nd amendment rights, not just the ones that have managed to avoid serving time for "alleged" crimes.  If a gun can go to church, surely it should go to jail, too.

Originally posted to Steven D on Fri Apr 25, 2014 at 08:38 AM PDT.

Also republished by Shut Down the NRA, Repeal or Amend the Second Amendment (RASA), and Kos Georgia.

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  •  Good luck. (3+ / 0-)

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Fri Apr 25, 2014 at 08:49:46 AM PDT

  •  Freedom of Religion (0+ / 0-)

    In America, we have freedom of religion.  It is none of the business of the Georgia legislature what rules the local church, synagogue, mosque, temple, or circle imposes on its parishioners.  This is particularly true of several faiths which require participants or some of them to be armed.  Any law claiming such a right should promptly be litigated on First and Fourteenth Amendment grounds.

    A law protecting the right of private property holders to tell people what they are allowed to do on the propertyholder's property, on the other hand, is highly appropriate.

    Restore the Fourth! Save America!

    by phillies on Fri Apr 25, 2014 at 08:57:17 AM PDT

  •  If we let them all vote (3+ / 0-)

    then they can vote for free guns in prison ,
    therefore , let them vote , should be our number 1 priority .

    "please love deeply...openly and genuinely." A. M. H.

    by indycam on Fri Apr 25, 2014 at 09:08:15 AM PDT

  •  Forgot some other good ones (4+ / 0-)

    Capitol buildings, courtrooms and airports, just to keep them extra safe.  Need to make sure this absolute right is exercised everywhere, since more guns equals more safety and freedom.

  •  Only if Gov. Nathan Deal goes to jail first (2+ / 0-)
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  •  Of course they didn't go far enough. The law (4+ / 0-)

    should have provided for mandatory multiple guns in each family, just in case one is defective or some such.  After all, a gun in every car, every bedroom, on every hip is just not enough.  You just don't know where those bad guys are.
    The state should issue guns to each newborn and add another for each birthday, until the kid is 18.  Then he or she is free to decide how many more to buy.  
    Now, that's proper gun saturation.

    You all laugh because I'm different; I laugh because you're all the same

    by sajiocity on Fri Apr 25, 2014 at 10:14:52 AM PDT

  •  Thursday local evening news reported T-ball (2+ / 0-)
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    players & families terrified by a person openly carrying during the game.  To the point that the kids were taken to "hide" behind the dugout & then the game was cancelled.

    Apparently, this person was purposefully walking around with his gun holstered.  Making sure that the weapon was seen.  Had no connection with any involved with the ball  game.

    The deputy interviewed stated there was nothing he could do.....  

    One parent interviewed broke down when describing her young son asking at bedtime that night if he was going to be killed playing ball.....

    And so it begins.

    Georgia, like many places, is big on sports for the youngsters.  On any given evening or a Saturday, our county's numerous parks are brimming with kiddos of all ages & abilities & their loved ones practicing or playing or attending a game.

    I live in the county where this incident happened as do my children and grandchildren.  I have a grand that plays T-ball & a grand that plays Allstar baseball. I have attended packed events to watch both play & I can fully imagine the chaos that would ensue if an incident as was on the news had happened during those events.

    Again.  The deputy could do nothing regarding the incident the news reported, thanks to one of the provisions in Deal's gun bill.

    How proud the governor must be to know that terror has replaced innocence & an idyllic & iconic past time of a kiddo's spring and summer.

    •  2 articles on GA a$$40L3 carrying a gun in park (2+ / 0-)

      Maybe forcing the cancellation of a Little League baseball/football game will be a 'bridge too far,' for the gun-slinging crowd? Probably not, in Georgia.

      Here's one news report on the original incident:  The mother of the 6-yo, who broke down about him asking if the man wanted to kill him, said this: "I own a gun. I have no problems with the Second Amendment. But they do not belong in a parking lot where we have children everywhere. If you want to make a statement, go to the Capitol." That's a little ironic, given that it was the Capitol that authorized this gun-slinger's behavior.

      Then the gun-slinger came back the next day, to the same park, and most parents kept their children away from the usually-busy park: So now the United Futbol Academy feels forced to hire an armed security guard for its games. Great! That'll make the kids, their parents and grandparents all sleep well at night...

      Thank you for calling attention to this story -- just 2 days in to Georgia's idiotic new law. May your grandchildren all be safe and secure!

      •  good case for calling brandishment (1+ / 0-)
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        though maybe that's legal now too

      •  Thank you so for the kind wishes & link to (1+ / 0-)
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        the news report.  I was passing by the tv during the 1st report & mistakenly thought this occurred in my county.  

        While I am relieved to find that it was not the county my family & I reside in, I have no doubt that similar is bound to occur eventually across the state.

        Chilling though to read which county this did occur in.

        Frighteningly so.  This particular town/county has a history.

         I participated in a peaceful protest/solidarity march there one snowy eve many years ago along with Mr. Hosea Williams and others.  Met with extreme violent ugliness by self proclaimed white supremacy types.  And I mean ugly.

        Which then went viral & a whole bunch of people from around the nation came to participate in the second march.  Shining this type of light supposedly helped change things.

        Despite how young & naïve I was, I always thought it all just probably became better "hidden"-change does not happen that quickly for this type of racism & decades old generational mores.

        The memory of the ugliness never left me & I boycott this place-for over 26 years now.

        Horrific to imagine what those of color born & living there must make of this news report in conjunction with this place's history.

        Then again, just perhaps this opened some privileged eyeballs...

        •  Thank you for your public service then, and for (1+ / 0-)
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          sticking with it for 26 years, and counting!

          And also thanks for calling attention to the late Hosea Williams. His background is worth re-reading by anyone -- truly inspiring.  

          (I see mention in that Wikipedia article of the march you participated in. Kudos!)

          It's a trying time, and deeply disconcerting to see regress on issues I'd thought were long-ago settled. I still believe progress is possible, though certainly not inevitable, and there will be cycles of change.

          •  I have a soft spot for Mr. Williams. Sometime (1+ / 0-)
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            after I moved to Georgia, while looking for ways to become involved in community, I learned of his "Feed the Hungry" initiative & got involved through collecting stuff to donate.

            I watched this program grow over the years-enough so to fill a stadium twice a year & expand to include women & children in need.

            The last time I spoke with Mr. Williams, he was calling to apologize & to say he would be late in meeting me (for a donation collection delivery) because he was way out in the country "getting chickens" for the Thanksgiving Feed the Hungry Event.  

            Neither of us was adept at using cell phones & I recall handing the cell to my young adult son to get the rest of whatever Hosea was conveying.  Serendipity.

            This memory stands out for me because I did not know then that Hosea would be gone from this world about 3 years later.  And because my young adult son gained an insight & respect of the man that Hosea was from that simple phone call that offset all the negative memes he had heard in those years of his young adulthood.

            So many giants walked before us & still do.  Lest we forget.

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