Republican Governors Declare War on Civilized Society

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A civilized society is well organized, developed, has customs and fair laws, and because people behave in a polite and sensible law abiding manner, spend their existence working to advance the progress and well-being of humanity. When most Americans see images of lawless countries such as Somalia, Yemen, or tribal Afghanistan and the barbaric conditions people live in with armed men roaming the streets, it is certain they do not consider such unsafe nations as remotely related to civilized society. One cannot help but feel sympathy for people so terrified of their brutal surroundings that the forefront of their minds are pre-occupied with carrying guns for their personal safety, but that is the result of living in uncivilized society. For Americans confident they live in civilized society, one imagines the forefront of their minds is occupied with a home, adequate food, transportation, a financially-secure retirement, a well-paying job, access to healthcare, an education, and feeding their families; unless they live in Georgia.

According to Republican Governor Nathan Deal, what Georgia residents who thought they lived in a civilized society should keep at the forefront of their minds is the same as people living in lawless and uncivilized societies like Somalia and Yemen; guns. This week Republican Deal signed House Bill 60, and stated that for Georgia residents, “The Second Amendment should reside at the forefronts of our minds.” The legislation passed in the eleventh hour of Georgia’s legislative session and expands gun zealots’ ability to carry loaded firearms in public with no restricted areas whatsoever. Critics of the barbaric National Rifle Association legislation dubbed it the “guns everywhere” law for its broad scope and gun proliferation in the public sector they errantly thought was part of civilized society; opponents attempted to block the legislation’s passage to no avail. Frightened Georgia residents, gun fanatics, the NRA, and gun proliferation groups flooded Deal’s office demanding he sign the legislation into law to give the NRA, Gun Owners of America, and Georgia Gun Owners precisely what they intend for the entire nation; “the most comprehensive pro-gun reform bill in state history.”

The law defining Georgia as an uncivilized society takes effect on July 1, and among other absurdities legalizes silencers for hunting (human beings), and puts guns in the hands of convicted felons who can now use the law’s expanded “stand your ground defense” when they take revenge on prosecutors, judges, witnesses, and law enforcement officials who helped make them convicted felons in the first place. Ever since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School and the preponderance of gun-related slaughters across the country, the National Rifle Association has pushed hard to put guns in schools, churches, government buildings, bars, malls, courthouses, airports, and anyplace a gun fanatic has a legal right to be; their efforts were rewarded in Georgia. The legislation also expanded ALEC and the NRA’s soon to be “stand your ground law” of the land.

The “guns everywhere” law did not inspire confidence or garner support from Georgia police organizations and victims of gun violence. According to Frank Rotondo of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, “Police officers do not want more people carrying guns on the street. Particularly police officers in inner city areas.” The racial remark aside, it is likely that law enforcement officers will be on heightened alert when the law takes effect and will naturally be involved in more officer-related shootings; particularly in inner city areas. It is likely too, that law enforcement dreads the increase in gun-related crimes as a result of the incredibly stupid idea of allowing loaded firearms in bars where armed drunk patrons are within range of other intoxicated Georgians carrying loaded firearms.

Not all Georgians were pleased with the passage and signing of the guns everywhere law and they were not opponents of the NRA’s near-dream-come-true law. Gun Owners of Georgia said, “Gun owners should be congratulated for your enormous pressure put on the General Assembly,” but complained that Deal’s signature was not gratifying enough and the Second Amendment fanatics condemned Deal and House Speaker David Ralston for being “ethically-challenged big government moderate Republicans.” Another gun proliferation advocacy group, GeorgiaCarry.Org, was equally dissatisfied with “the most comprehensive pro-gun reform bill in state history.” The gun zealots complained, “Was HB60 all we wanted? Of course not! But this will clear the way for some great improvements in the future and we keep marching down the field; one day we will get all our rights back.”

It is doubtless Georgia’s new guns everywhere law will attract national attention from gun proliferation advocates and opponents of the law alike, particularly because the emboldened NRA will increase their substantial efforts to put guns in every public area due to their Georgia success. However, the bill’s sponsor, Republican Rick Jasperse, welcomes national attention for pushing the “guns everywhere” legislation that is more apt for an uncivilized society than 21st Century America. Jasperse announced to a crowd of hundreds of gun zealots, many wearing side arms, to just ignore what he called gun-safety advocates “misinformation” about the law because “This bill is about the good guys – you guys.” Speaking of good guys, in the lawless American frontier, the so-called “Wild West,” it was a standard practice of lawmen and local sheriffs to require cowboys and gunslingers to check their side arms before they could enter a town or city. Today the NRA and patriot gun zealots would call for an armed rebellion against the federal government.

In a way, although it is perverse in a so-called civilized society some Americans think this country is, it makes sense that Georgia, part of the third world former Confederacy, passed a law allowing frightened residents to carry loaded firearms in any public area; guns are likely at the forefront of their minds. The region already leads the nation in poverty, crumbling infrastructure, low-wage jobs, child poverty, lack of healthcare, poor educational outcomes, and a people mired in religious extremism, so the vision of residents carrying loaded firearms meets the standard of uncivilized nations like Somalia and Yemen. America is continuing to devolve from a once-civilized society into a barbaric gun-toting nation and while many Americans pale at the prospect of loaded guns in schools, bars, courthouses, malls, airports, and churches, an element of the population derives pleasure at the prospect of armed men roaming the public square because they saw images of Somalia and begged the NRA and Republicans to create America in Somalia’s image.

39 Replies to “Republican Governors Declare War on Civilized Society”

  1. Y’know what they say.

    What do you get when you cut a Florida Cracker’s brain in half?

    Two Georgia Cracker brains.

  2. I believe this is the act of a defiant child. The right wingers know they are becoming more and more insignificant in the larger world. They already realize they cannot win a national election. They are steadily losing more and more local elections. They know that as population shifts continue and the generations change that they are fighting a losing battle.

    As a result the governor of Georgia and his lackeys are going to shove through all of the most extreme legislation they can while they still hold power. They have no regard for the consequences of their actions. I am sure they are laughing all the way to the bank.

    What they are to stupid to realize is that this law is a double edged sword. It won’t just be white rednecks toting guns around. As soon as a few of them get gunned down they will want to change the rules.

    Allowing guns in bars is moronic. If you need a gun in church you aren’t a christian. I think there’s something about Thou shalt not kill.

  3. What I find interesting is the comment made by those who carry a gun everywhere in that they don’t feel safe/protected while out and about so that is why they carry. Ok, I can accept that they are just as worried of a James Holmes or others of his type. However, I like to point out. While they are worried about such a monster appearing, the rest of us who are out shopping and see them walk by with said gun in holster are already thinking that is what we are going to be dealing with shortly. I understand that most folks who are conceal-carry holders are rational thinking human beings who know how to handle their firearms. However that still does not stop me from wondering from time to time, especially when I am in a store where I saw the no firearms/weapons sign and somehow they did not.

  4. If I was at a supermarket and saw someone carrying a gun on their hip I would leave immediately. This crazy law could have the unexpected consequence of hurting business and tourism in the state and literally blow up in Deal’s face. And I believe there is a silent majority in the state who are not happy about this law. The next election will be interesting in that state.

  5. We’ ll see a thinning of the goober gene pool in Ga. Have a great time moving there. We laugh when we see chubby suburban ” he men” sporting their weapons as they waddle around the general store here…where people use their guns to hunt, not go grocery shopping or to the movies.

  6. Other lesser known laws in Georgia;

    It is illegal to get drunk on the bus.

    Slingshots may not be used in the city limits.

    It is illegal to tie a Giraffe to a telephone pole or street lamp.

    Blowguns are not allowed in city limits.

    It is illegal to carve your initials on a tree even if it is on your own property.

    Picnics are prohibited in cemeteries.

    Crosses may be burned on someone else’s property so long as you have their permission.

    I’m just sayin’

  7. Well that does it. I have this giraffe and it makes me so mad I was going to tie it up. Can I tie it up to a fence post?

  8. ” Particularly police officers in inner city areas.”

    Not racial. Its fact. Ever been to downtown Detroit? Baltimore? If you are not driving a tank, your life is suspect

    But we will see what this does for Georgia. Anyone who thinks guns should be in the forefront of your mind, has a deep personal problem with their psyche

  9. Jimmy Carter’s grandson who is running for Governor as a Democrat voted for the bill as a state Senator and supports the new law. Sad state of affairs.

  10. Beyond being ridiculous, this is just so sad. The idiot RWNJ’s were obviously thinking with their pocketbooks (not that they actually have a functioning brain cell between them!). Keeping ALEC and the NRA happy = $$ flowing to legislators.

    Done are my trips to Atlanta just for the fun of it to enjoy great museums, fun shopping and good food. Not a major loss of revenue for them, but I’m sure I’m not alone.

    When my daughter went to SCAD, Savannah became my all-time favorite jewel of a place to visit, and remained so for many years… up to now.

    Sure glad I enjoyed my last trip to Georgia. From here on it will be a fly-over state on the rare occasion to visit Florida. Goodbye Georgia, I will miss you!

    How long before gun violence increases and the streets of Georgia are no different than Somalia? In what intelligent person’s opinion is reverting to the 17th century a good idea?

  11. I think every state, and perhaps even every municipality, has odd, antiquated, forgotten laws on the books. Don’t think this one fits in that category and won’t be ignored and/or forgotten. As dangerous as this one is, there’s hardly an equation there, IMHO.

  12. When I was in college in Georgia, my favorite “first date” strategy was to take a girl to a midnight picnic in the cemetery.

    …that trick worked so well, I can understand why its illegal now.

  13. Maybe Georgians in general can be referred to as Gunnysicks. (My apologies to the Republic of Georgia: you know which Georgians I’m referring to.)

  14. Really? Saw the Tigers fill their stadium several times last year and this, as did the Red Wings. While most of the fans were white, I must have missed where they parked all their tanks.

    In fact, plenty of suburban men go into Detroit seeking available women or drugs all the time, and they don’t seem to be driving tanks either.

    BTW, you do know that trying to claim something isn’t racial while highlighting your trepidation about entering an urban area is a fail, right?

    Dog whistles often toot loudest when trying to appear “race neutral”, but they don’t constitute an effect “invisibility cloak”.

    We see you.

  15. Silencers?

    The law defining Georgia as an uncivilized society takes effect on July 1, and among other absurdities legalizes silencers for hunting (human beings), and puts guns in the hands of convicted felons who can now use the law’s expanded “stand your ground defense” when they take revenge on prosecutors, judges, witnesses, and law enforcement officials who helped make them convicted felons in the first place.


  16. I agree with you here. I loved Savannah. I can see why General Sherman took one look at the city, forbid his men to burn it and said, there, Georgia, this is my gift to you.

    But another nasty thing happened this week, the Governor sold out the Georgia marshes and barrier islands to drilling interests (read: Koch brothers) so every thing that made Savannah gorgeous, including the beautiful cost line is going to be spoiled by development.

    It’s like the Kochs know they have little time left on this earth and they want to ruin it for the rest of us.

    What is happening to the US is just plain evil.

    Sorry, I can’t sugar coat this any longer. The GOP is a malevolent force that made a pact with evil.

  17. I hope they are not expecting tourism dollars from Europeans or the Japanese. Those folks are appalled by the gun culture and will vacation elsewhere.

    Then, there is a problem attracting international businesses to locate in a state that is awash in guns. The NRA and the gun-fetishists are crazy, the rest of the world is not and they do not want to be victims of crazy people with guns.

  18. I think the FAA should consider dropping Georgia as a major hub for flight layovers. This is a serious consideration to keep in mind.

  19. Those people don’t care MsPithy, they will just keep counting on the tax dollar subsidies that the rest of the United States provides to them and the rest of the southern states. The same people that keep complaining about the government.

  20. The republican party is America’s worst and most destructive enemy. They have no love of country, or patriotism.

  21. If the law applies only to Georgia state residents it would then place all of the “non-residents” who are traveling in the state (unarmed) at the total mercy of all the states many “inbred” (soon to be armed with guns, 24/7) chicken fornicators and child molesters. In my opinion.

  22. Does it surprise anyone that this is coming from the Party of Cliven Bundy, also known as the Party of Rancher Welfare?

  23. Major trade associations and individuals need to BOYCOTT Georgia until this madness is stopped. After all who wants to go to a convention in Atlanta and the coastal cities knowing that the bar you will be drinking in or restaurant your eating in will have loaded weapons? JFC.

  24. The only way I will pass the border of any of these insane southern states is at 25,000 feet. Congratulations, guys. People up north will increasingly leave you to yourselves.

  25. It’s also important to note that this new legislation prohibits guns in only one place…government buildings. Such hypocrisy!

  26. It suprises me to see that you are all up in arms ( no pun intended) about this. If you do not live there shut the h*ll up it is none of your business. If you do live there and you dont like it shut up and vote when time comes. start a petition get your needed signitures and get the bill revoked. Thats how it got there.

    Maybe Samalia wouldnt be as bad if everyone had weapons and ammunition readly availableto defend themselves. but again you dont live there so just shut up about it!

  27. I have always wodnered if this was the United States. Now I see its the some people have no right to speak while others do States.

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