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Your Views: Sensible gun legislation will protect our rights and safety
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State Sen. Steve Gooch has emphasized the need for more work on Second Amendment rights for Georgia citizens. He correctly states that, in 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the individuals right to keep and bear arms. If you wanted guns to be outlawed except for militia use or some version of that scenario, then your argument is lost.

This debate moves to the states and how to regulate who can have guns, what kinds of guns, for what purposes, how guns will be purchased, displayed, stored, transferred and disposed of in a manner that puts safety first and upholds the rights of every citizen to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

These are the freedoms we cherish as American citizens. These freedoms include freedom from fear that fanatics, lunatics or lawless people are enabled to do harm with guns. Freedom from fear means knowing law enforcement has the legal backing and resources to effectively oversee and meet threats from dangerous people, even when they plan destruction while seeming to act like the rest of us.

We cannot expect law enforcement to guarantee our complete safety all the time, but neither can we tie their hands out of fear that big government will turn on us. Licensing and certification is a legitimate function of state government that is perfectly acceptable in almost every important area of our lives for both our protection and our quality of life. Licensing has rarely led to any confiscation.

Second Amendment proponents have won the debate and can cheer their success. Now we need for Gooch and all citizens to help craft and support legislation in Georgia that puts common sense measures in place to ensure everyone’s safety.

Hoyt Oliver
Sautee Nacoochee

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