Coming from out of state and you bring your gun to Georgia not a suspicious act; you have your gun on you at the airport, a bar, government building, on a college campus, in a library, etc, etc etc, not suspicious. I can stand outside of a bank with my gun showing and still it is not a suspicious act. The guns everywhere law truly gives you unlimited ability to carry a weapon and possibly to take someone’s life with impunity.
It seems the intent of these laws is to get us back to the 1850’s. This white-male gun movement is so scared of a future where they may be a minority population that their only solution is to run as fast as possible back to the past, to what seems for them like a golden age in America. The safety of an idealized white supremacist past where regardless of property ownership or wealth, they held a distinctly superior position to enslaved Africans and a conquered indigenous population is better than living even for a short time period with a moderate Black president and a “slightly” diminished place in the world.
This anxiety driven predicament has rallied white males in Georgia and other places to paint a picture of losing their country and having to stand up for their 1st and 2nd amendments rights of god and guns. For those who know what not having power really is these tea-party types are laughable in their claims of losing power. The laughing stops however when we look at the power this constituency still has in winning a “guns everywhere” law in Georgia with unanimous republican support and too many moderate milk toast democrats pandering to gun rights advocates. A few who claimed some opposition to these laws still voted yes, including Jason Carter the current Democratic challenger to the incumbent Governor Nathan Deal. Carter and his campaign staff somehow decided it was better to support than to abstain; potentially sacrificing his base to an imaginary strategy of pulling more white male votes in November. So as we suffer through what is hopefully the last years of right-wing, white male control of state level politics in Georgia, hold on because it’s going to be a “bang-bang” time in the wild, wild south.