Friday, October 26, 2007

Stupid gun laws in Georgia almost enabled mass murder!

I have already covered this story in outline but the post excerpted from Freespeech below puts a broader perspective on it

As a Georgia Firearms Licensee, I have often thought to myself how absolutely stupid it is that those of us who have a license to carry a concealed firearm are not allowed by state law to carry in any restaurant that serves alcohol for consumption on the premise. It doesn't matter if I'm not even having an alcoholic drink. I'm still not allowed to carry my weapon in that place of business. I either have to disarm myself, leaving me and my family potentially vulnerable, or I have to go eat somewhere else.

I'm sure that at some point in the past, some ignorant lawmaker decided that we average everyday folks are just too stupid and irresponsible to have our firearms on us when we're anywhere near a keg of beer or a mixed drink, even if we're not the one drinking it. We might get drunk, get rowdy and start shooting up the place, I guess. The only problem with this logic is that it is not GFL carriers that do that kind of thing. We defend ourselves and others when SOMEONE ELSE gets drunk, gets rowdy and starts shooting up the place, as happened in Norcross, GA this past weekend:
Fatal shooting at Norcross bar marks Gwinnett homicide record

Witnesses said Ojeda appeared to have been drinking when he drove up to the restaurant around midnight, Norcross Police Detective Jason Carter said. Ojeda joined a group of four other people "other regulars, but not well acquainted with the man" on the patio and became belligerent when one person asked Ojeda not to be obnoxious. After a brief scuffle, Ojeda left, only to return with a gun about 45 minutes later, Carter said. As people on the patio scattered, one of the men he'd been sitting with ran away but drew his own gun, police said. That man, whose name was not released, fired once and hit Ojeda in the head, police said.

Technically, this unnamed patron was breaking Georgia Law by carrying his weapon in this restaurant that serves alcohol. Thank God he was, or there is no telling how many would have been dead when Mr. Ojeda finished his drunken rampage. This GFL holder was able to stop this drunk shooter before the man even got off a single shot. This man is a hero, in my opinion, and should be hailed as such. Unfortunately he's probably worried right now about whether he will be prosecuted for carrying the gun that saved himself and possibly countless others into that restaurant which was against the law.

It's a stupid law and everyone knows that the people that would shoot innocent people without being in danger of their life don't care what the law says. In other words, this is another one of those stupid gun control laws that criminals don't pay attention to. Obviously Mr. Ojeda didn't care that it was against the law for him to bring his weapon back to this bar and shoot a bunch of people he was angry with.

The only people this law influences are law abiding citizens who have gone to the trouble of having their backgrounds checked and giving their fingerprints in order to receive a Georgia Firearms License. These are the good guys! We want GFL carriers to be armed whenever possible. They (we) are the most law-abiding group of citizens you will find in Georgia and our weapons are a danger to nobody but the predators in our society.

I'm happy to read that there is no plan to charge this GFL holder with anything at this time. I hope it stays that way, and I hope the law will be changed so that MORE GFL holders can be armed in MORE places, and able to therefore stop MORE criminals before they kill innocent people.

GA: Man shot dead attempting to rob nonprofit: "An employee of a Stone Mountain nonprofit association that helps war-torn refugees shot and killed a robber who forced his way into the office Tuesday evening around closing time, authorities said. ... two robbers entered through the rear door as two male employees, described as older men, were preparing to leave and lock the front door. Both robbers were armed with handguns, and one of them acted as a lookout, Hodge said. The other demanded the victims' wallets, then put his gun to one employee's head and ordered him to open a safe, Hodge said. When the robber turned his back, the other employee grabbed a gun from his desk and fired several shots at the robber, Hodge said. Hodge said he did not know how many times the robber was struck, or where he was wounded. Both robbers ran, though the wounded robber did not make it far."

NJ: Second-grader suspended for "gun" drawing: "A second-grader's drawing of a stick figure shooting a gun earned him a one-day school suspension. Kyle Walker, 7, was suspended last week for violating Dennis Township Primary School's zero-tolerance policy on guns, the boy's mother, Shirley McDevitt, told The Press of Atlantic City. Kyle gave the picture to another child on the school bus, and that child's parents complained about it to school officials, McDevitt said. Her son told her the drawing was of a water gun, she said. ... School officials declined to comment Friday. A message left at the superintendent's office Saturday was not returned."

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