Today Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed one of the most extreme gun bills in the nation into law. Ironically, this unprecedented legislation is called the "Safe Carry Protection Act," also known as the "Guns Everywhere" bill. It will expand the places that licensed gun owners are permitted to carry guns, like churches. And schools. And government buildings. And bars.
Congresswoman Gabby Giffords calls it the most extreme gun bill in America.
The law, called the “Safe Carry Protection Act,” allows churches to “opt-in” to permit weapons, school districts to appoint staff carrying firearms, and requires bars to opt out if they wish to ban firearms, NBC reports. Gun owners caught at airport security checkpoints can pick up their weapons and leave with no criminal penalty.
Now more people can get Second Amendmented to death!
We are a country of gun violence.
And with that, here are today's Los Angeles Times letters to the editor:
An extra level of seriousness and responsibility needs to distinguish gun violence from mere physical violence, the same way we distinguish drunk driving from other forms of careless driving.
If I beat a man with my hands and break his leg, my crime should be less serious than were I to shoot someone and break his leg as a result. Either way, the man would still have a broken bone, but the responsibility for self-control should be greater with the use of a firearm.
Yes, I know that all physical violence can be lethal, but we'd all rather have the fighting chance of a gunless confrontation.
Only people with an unusually high level of self-control should have a gun. Only those rare people who would surely talk their way out of a crisis should have a gun.
Only people who would never use a gun should have a gun.
Spencer, an African American, shoots into a party at USC. Four are injured. He is sentenced to 40 years to life.
Ethan Couch, a white teen in Texas, drives drunk and kills four people. His lawyer claims he suffers from "affluenza." He receives no jail time at all.
I am so glad there is no such thing as racism in America anymore.
Kevin P. Smith