Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Brookhaven Police Chief Suggests Banning Guns at City Meetings

The Brookhaven Post has a piece regarding the Brookhaven police chief suggesting a ban on firearms in parts of Brookhaven where city leaders assemble.  See HERE for original article. Many will see his actions as anti-gun, others will not. Police chiefs opposed to concealed carry are a dime a dozen in the USA.  If your local chief is a proud member of the IACP (Int'l Association of Chiefs of Police) he/she is likely not a huge 2nd Amendment fan.  Not all police chiefs are anti-2nd Amendment and not all police organizations are anti-2nd Amendment.

The IACP is not known for its support of the Second Amendment because most police chiefs are appointed by gun-grabbing politicians.  The IACP wants only the police to have semi-auto rifles. And the IACP believes if you feel threatened that you still need to wait five days to purchase a firearm to protect yourself and family. The IACP annual conference is a great place to see new gear and technology.

For those of you new to Georgia, our state legislators passed HB 60 (Safe Carry Protection Act) last session.  Governor Deal signed it into law earlier this year.  From the Georgia Attorney General's office, an FAQ on the law:

So let's get back to the Brookhaven, GA police chief's alleged attempt to undermine work around GA law. Currently one can walk into a Brookhaven city council meeting or other public meeting at city hall carrying a firearm concealed. There is no metal detector and the law permits this action.  Same for Dunwoody* and other cities.  People have been carrying a concealed firearm to public meetings in Brookhaven and Dunwoody (and other cities) since July 1.  Some would argue the meetings are safer now compared to when only criminals concealed a handgun at a city hall meeting.  Others will say not.

I would recommend screening take place at City Council Meetings and other controversial planning / zoning meetings scheduled." Brookhaven Police Chief

Why does the chief  recommend screening?  Based on the new law, a person with a weapons carry license carrying a firearm cannot enter a Government building when the Government building has security personnel manning a security checkpoint. In other words, everyone attending (council and mayor cannot exempt themselves) a Brookhaven city council meeting (and other 'controversial' city meetings) will go through a metal detector.  Will Mayor Max Bloomberg Davis allow this restriction on visitors to Brookhaven meetings? In theory, you don't need your firearm here because the screening (when done properly) has made the place a gun-free zone, and supposedly a safe place to sit without personal protection.  If Brookhaven feels these controversial meetings are dangerous, then perhaps have an officer attend.  I've seen that in Dunwoody and other places. 

According to the article, "In response to this new gun law and requests from the City Administration to ensure the highest degree of safety at City Hall, Brookhaven Police Chief Gary Yandura gave the council a couple of suggestions for consideration."  Okay all you Brookhaven folks, you may want to file an Open Records Request and see about these requests for the highest degree of safety from city administrators. 

From the article:  to ensure the highest degree of safety at City Hall

Mayor J. Max Davis, you want to ensure the highest degree of safety at city hall?  Require your council members and city administrators to all carry a Glock, and allow citizens with a Weapons Carry License to carry concealed at your meetings. 

If Brookhaven screens for firearms, they should also screen for lighters and matches, thus eliminating the need for fire extinguishers and fire suppressor/sprinkler systems, offsetting the cost of the additional police officer.  And why does Brookhaven even have fire extinguishers?  We do have a fire department in DeKalb.

DeKalb Voters Pull the Strings

Voters turned away from Vernon Jones in his bid to become DeKalb's next sheriff.  Vernon dusted off the old DeKalb political playbook and went to Chapter One, Race Un-Relations.  His attempt to make the sheriff race a black/white race (against an opponent who is not white) was unsuccessful.  Had Jones won, however, the chances of a Bill at the Gold Dome to eliminate DeKalb County increased.  As many have said over the years, one key factor in Dunwoody becoming a city was Vernon Jones.  Sure, lots of Farmhousers put in hundreds of hours and lawmakers put us on the ballot, but it was Vernon's actions that put the grease to the wheel.  No Vernon, probably no Dunwoody. And for creating the atmosphere politically to create a City of Dunwoody, we thank you, Vernon. Congrats to Sheriff Mann.

White and Blacks voted against Vernon

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Vernon Jones Sticking it to The Mann

Vernon Jones has added some racial humor to the DeKalb Sheriff race.  A flier was mailed in certain parts of DeKalb, but we don't think many made it to the 30338.

See flier here:

The flier depicts appointed (not elected) Sheriff Mann, Jones' opponent, as a puppet of four white guys.  One of those white guys is our very own mayor, Mayor Mike. I know Mike and I don't think he pulls Mann's strings.  

And leave it to Vernon to get in a jab at Dunwoody Crier editor/owner Dick Williams.  I'm sure Mr. Williams wants one of those fliers so he can frame it for his office. DunwoodyTalk will pay $4 to the first person to get us an original flier. We're not sure if the flier helps or hurts The Mann or The Man, but we give Vernon credit for keeping it real. 

If Vernon loses, we hope he applies for DeKalb School Superintendent. We think he'd do better than Thurmond.  He's taller and Vernon is open and transparent on his feelings toward much of Dunwoody.

Vernon should have made a dog park flier and passed them out at Brook Run. 

The sheriff doesn't do much up here in Dunwoody. But if we see a couple more cities added in DeKalb look for a movement to consolidate the DeKalb Police Department under the DeKalb Sheriff umbrella. Georgia law puts the sheriff as the top law enforcement puppet in every county.

Get out and vote today. Jack Kingston needs your vote.  DunwoodyTalk was prepared to endorse Vernon, but we'd ruin his puppet scenerio. Plus, we didn't want Mann putting us on a flier pulling Vernon's strings. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Do Not Vote for Mike Buck for Georgia School Superintendent

The League of Liberal Women Voters, a self-described non-partisan group, held a forum recently with the four candidates for Georgia State School Superintendent.  As expected, the candidates are not up to speed on much of anything.  No matter who wins, don't expect to see any major changes on how Georgia outspends and under-performs when compared to neighboring states.

But one question at the forum should throw up a red flag for those of us in support of local control and breaking up the monster districts like the failed DeKalb School System.

Head over to DeKalb School Watch (but don't go there daily and read all the great stuff because you will either: 1. Move out of DeKalb or 2. Get deeply involved in trying to make change only to get kicked in the face.

A question was posed to the four candidates regarding allowing GA voters to have a chance to vote to change the state constitution to allow new school districts.  Mike Buck shows his total ignorance on the issue.  Do not vote for Mike Buck.

Q) As you might be aware, there’s a movement in Dunwoody, Ga. to create an independent school system. Georgia’s constitution limits the number of school systems. Would you support a constitutional amendment allowing new cities to create their own school systems?
Buck: “That’s a new one on me. Before I would consider a constitutional amendment to do other things to education, I would like for us very much to fully fund the educational systems that we’ve got and improve upon our past performance.”

Mike Buck is a self-described Republican.  Whatever.  The two answers from the Democrats were far worse, but thankfully neither has a chance at winning.


Although his answer was not perfect, it was far better than Mike Buck's (don't vote for Mike Buck Georgia School Superintendent), DunwoodyTalk supports Richard Woods for Georgia State School Superintendent.  Visit Woods' web site and compare him to his opponent.

Vote Tuesday Dunwoody Georgia primary Jack Kingston