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Georgia: Unfortunate Political Games in the General Assembly Accomplish Little for the Second Amendment in 2012Late last night, the Georgia General Assembly adjourned and with that, the door of opportunity to pass substantial pro-gun reforms was slammed shut.
The potential for pro-gun legislation to pass in both chambers of the state legislature was very real and likely for this legislative session. But, due to the serious distrust between the members of both legislative bodies towards its opposite (despite being of the same political party) gun owners will now need to wait until next year for legislative efforts to protect and restore our Second Amendment rights.
The failure of the General Assembly to act on behalf of gun owners and sportsmen is tremendously frustrating, especially considering that both houses of the Georgia General Assembly have overwhelmingly pro-gun majorities. Despite this golden opportunity, there were political games and unnecessary posturing in Atlanta throughout the last two weeks of the legislative session and your gun rights were ignored rather than made a priority.
As you know, this year is an election year and every state Senator and Representative stands for reelection. When an incumbent candidate asks for your vote between now and November, ask them what they did specifically since the last election to advance your gun rights? The honest answer is, collectively, not much.
When the votes were there in the state Senate and House, legislative leadership - with the apparent support of their caucus - chose to play political games with your gun rights rather than make them a legislative priority.
Please contact your state Senator and Representatives TODAY, and respectfully express your extreme disappointment in their inaction on pro-gun reform legislation this year. Be sure to ask them, if reelected, what they plan to do to ensure that this legislative debacle is not repeated in the future. Contact information is provided for your state Representative here and your state Senator here.###############################
Governor Deal and Speaker of the House David Ralston FAILED on two issues for Georgia conservatives during this year's General Assembly. It seems Deal is as conservative as Sonny Perdue. Both Deal and Perdue were Democrats who made the switch to Republican in the 1990's, when it was no longer cool and hip to be a liberal in Georgia.
The first issue Deal and Ralston failed on was immigration; specifically SB 458. Deal allowed Jerry G. of the GA Association of Latino Elected Officials, the ACLU, and the Georgia Restaurant Association to call the shots down at the Capitol the past week. Perhaps Deal can parlay the defeat of SB 458 to free meals from restaurants in Buckhead and Sandersville, similar to his sweetheart deal from Delta Airlines. Hopefully the GA Immigration Review Panel will act as enforcer. A lot of Republicans are probably thinking 'what if' in regards to someone like Eric Johnson, who Deal nudged out by less than 2% in the 2010 primary.
Also in the House SB 98 died, as did all other worthy firearm legislation. At least SB350 and SB432 passed, but let's see if Deal signs them.
Instead of strengthening immigration law in GA, Deal and company focused their efforts on dictating to women what they can and can't do.
Local politicians will celebrate the City of Brookhaven victory. Now watch the 'for' and 'against' groups to organize and get out their messages. The real winners will be local print media including The Crier, The Reporter, and The Neighbor newspapers. If Brookhaven fails Dunwoody will act immediately to incorporate the part of the PCID inside '285', including hundreds and hundreds of apartments, and homes down to Nancy Creek, and a storm-water nightmare. If Brookhaven fails, I hope Dunwoody Council takes a pass on expansion. Let Chamblee or Doraville have it.
HB 978 (Charter Schools) was something good that Republicans pushed through, now the voters need to approve it in November.
Of course the DeKalb School Board will go to seven members now. But what about the new map for Board members? Did the majority (Republicans) get a victory there with a map that can improve the quality of candidates? Nope. Seems like Ms. MMO showed the boys who wears the pants in DeKalb County politics. Hard to imagine our 'Republican' Speaker favors MMO over men from his own party, but oh well. The City of Brookhaven will be represented by three different school board members (district 1,2,4) once the Board is reduced to seven members in 2015. Not good for residents of the future Brookhaven, but it keeps the Fernbank Posse happy.
|MMO (middle) posing with Jane Fonda|