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Your Views: Guns in bars will turn state into Wild West

POSTED: May 1, 2014 1:00 a.m.

It is a shame and a disgrace that the beautiful city of Ellijay was used as the site of the signing of the most recent Georgia gun rights bill. I cannot believe that the citizens of this state would actually agree that a bunch of gun-packing drunkards in bars makes us safer and that a house of worship and weapons used for killing are in any way compatible.

Gun rights advocates have really gone off the deep end with these measures. It makes Georgia appear to be full of rednecked, pistol-packing idiots. Maybe it is. Citizens in the rest of the country think so.

And don’t be calling me down about the bars allowing guns, saying persons with guns won’t be drinking. As my mama would say, “I was born at night, but not last night.” Why do people go to bars in the first place? Of course, these armed drunks will be shooting up the place, just like the Wild West.

My father was a sheriff and a Georgia state trooper all of my life and he wore a gun on his hip every day. But he was law enforcement, not some drunk in a bar.

It is a really sad day when Georgia lawmakers pass laws such as this one but can’t agree on legislation that helps children and families. Gov. Deal should have signed this bill at a bar in Atlanta, a much more appropriate setting. Then everyone could have raised a toast and shot the lights out.

Claudia Simpson


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