Georgia is waiting to see if a new bill dubbed the ‘Guns Everywhere’ bill will pass. The NRA is ecstatic and so is a group called GeorgiaCarry.org. That organization’s Executive Director, Jerry Henry, speaking about all the changes this bill outlines, said, “They’re needed because our rights have been stripped away from us for years. The Second Amendment says the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. And it has been infringed.… We’re basically just restoring our rights, we’re not getting any new rights.”
Wow, those gun-loving, gun-toting, rootin’-tootin’ Americans love that Second Amendment of theirs. But, you see, there was a typo in that amendment and it really says ” …the right to BARE arms…”, which is much more palatable, well, for the most part, then walking around with a gun.
If we go with that interpretation then this new bill makes perfect sense; you can have bare arms in pubs, churches and schools (if those congregations and school districts agree), on the street and in unsecured areas of the airport. And, the fact that you don’t have to prove you’re licensed to have bare arms is okay too.
But, seriously, this new bill seems absolutely nuts to me, and yes, I realize I’m more of a ‘make love not war’ kinda girl and the NRA probably things people like me are just hippie-dippy, maple-syrup-loving Canadians with universal health care, which by the way, would come in really handy if we had crazy-ass ‘guns everywhere” laws up here, and, they’d by right. I just don’t get the appeal or the reasoning behind every man and woman having a gun.
My other favourite thing that pro-gun people say is, “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” Yeah, true, so what’s your point? All people are programmed to kill so let’s make it easier for them by outfitting everyone with a gun so they can do it faster? Or, are you trying to say that the gun doesn’t discharge a bullet that’s sole purpose is to inflict injury and/or death? My mistake, I didn’t realize guns shot soft, marshmallow bullets that just bounce harmlessly off people.
My heart goes out to all those parents of the children gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School who are listening to the news about this bill. I wonder how many of them are glad that politicians are ensuring that an American’s right to carry a gun is not infringed-upon? What a relief it is to know that minor disputes can be easily settled with a brief gun battle, and if this bill passes in Georgia, that battle can happen at church, school or on the bus. Wow, now, that’s a kind of freedom that’s…that’s… well, kind of scary.