Tuesday, May 7, 2013
A Kentucky boy accidentally shot his 2-year-old sister to death with a gun he got for his birthday.
Two-year-old Caroline Sparks loved playing outside, singing, and her 5-year-old brother, who accidentally shot her to death last week with the .22-caliber rifle he got for his birthday. CNN reports the children's mother had stepped outside for just a few minutes when the accident occurred. It was the third time in about a month that someone was shot to death by a child under 6. The boy's gun was a Crickett rifle marketed specifically for young children as "my first rifle," the CNN story said. The gun stocks come in colors such as pink and blue. Officials in Kentucky noted that gun ownership among young children is common in the area. “It’s a normal way of life, and it’s not just rural Kentucky, it’s rural America – hunting and shooting and…
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Three vocal Athens Clarke County commissioners say no.
Georgia Senator Frank Ginn (R-Danielsville) introduced Senate Bill 101 this past legislative session, which would have allowed guns on the University of Georgia campus as well as other college campuses in the state. On Tuesday, during the local legislative delegation's post-session meeting with the Athens Clark County Commission and Mayor, Ginn asked them if they had an opinion about the bill. How did they feel about having guns on campus? "Does the mayor and commission have a stance?" asked Ginn. "For me, it's a volatile issue. Between now and the next session, y'all maybe put that on the agenda for discussion." Commissioner Jerry NeSmith said that he supports the Second Amendment and that he himself has owned guns. He said he would …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Nelson, Ga., follows Kennesaw's example in mandating gun ownership for households while Connecticut looks to strengthen gun controls - both attempts to improve safety - but which is the most effective?
Wednesday, April 3
After passing a law requiring gun ownership for each household, the little town of Nelson, Ga. was the talk of the nation this week. The City Council approved the ordinance maintaining it was a deterrent to potential criminals. Kennesaw, Ga. passed a similar law 21 years ago and the city's Police Lt. Craig Graydon told Kennesaw Patch that he was not surprised another city had opted for a similar ordinance. He said for years he had fielded calls from reporters around the world interested in the city's famous 1982 gun law. With some exceptions, the ordinance requires that every homeowner in Nelson be required to own a gun. The exceptions include convicted felons, those who suffer from certain physical or mental disabilities and anyone who …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
The public is welcome. It's set for April 4.
Attention, Peachtree Corners gun owners, and those who are interested in firearms matters. The Gwinnett Police Department is holding a Firearms Safety Seminar on Thursday, April 4. Time is 7:00-9:30 p.m. at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville. According to a GCPD news release, personnel from the Gwinnett Police Academy will cover several topics, including Georgia carry and deadly force laws, how to obtain a carry permit, personal defense, and types of weapons and their use. Attendees are not to bring firearms to this event and will have to pass a security checkpoint. Seating is limited to 300, so attendees are asked to register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. -- Do you plan to attend this seminar? What…
Friday, February 22, 2013
In remembrance of the December shootings in Newtown, Conn., demonstrators asked U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall to support gun safety laws. The demonstration was held at the Gwinnett Justice Administration Center in Lawrenceville, Ga.
A group of concerned citizens stood with signs outside the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville Thursday to call for support of reasonable gun safety laws. The rally took place a within a few days of the two-month anniversary of the Dec. 14, 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Twenty-six people, mostly young children, lost their lives when a gunman opened fire in the school. MoveOn.org sponsored the event urging U.S. Representative Rob Woodall—who’s office is housed in GJAC—to take action on gun safety. “We ask Representative Woodall to listen to his constituents and stand up for common sense reforms that will reduce gun violence,” said Kathleen Allen in a release. Allen is a mother in …
Sunday, January 27, 2013
The event at the fairgrounds in Lawrenceville, Ga., continues Sunday.
The continuing national debate on guns played out in a big way Saturday (January 26) in Gwinnett County. There was a large turnout at a gun show at the fairgrounds in Lawrenceville. According to myfoxatlanta.com, the line at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds wrapped around the complex just to get inside. "People are starting to understand that they need to look out for their own safety," gun show vendor Bruce Greenfield said in a video with the Fox5 article. "There's a sense of fear ..." vendor Fred Augat also said in the video. The gun-control debate heated up earlier this month when President Obama proposed a series of gun-control measures. This was done in response to the December 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., …
Friday, January 25, 2013
The Gwinnett County sheriff posted a statement encouraging all law-abiding citizens to acquire firearm skills.
Adding to the local and national discussion on guns, Gwinnett Sheriff Butch Conway has released a statement in support of citizens' right to legally use firearms. "I encourage all law abiding citizens to acquire and maintain the skills to safely carry a firearm in order to protect themselves and others," the statement reads. Conway issued the statement under the heading 'The 2nd Amendment." The U.S Constitution's Second Amendment says, "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." Also, it was in response to "the many emails received," the website says. The statement comes just over a month after the December 14, 2012, shooting at Sandy …
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Coalition of Gun Rights, Conservative Groups Proclaim Jan. 19 "Gun Appreciation Day." Will you be celebrating it, and if so, how?
Saturday, January 19
A broad coalition of gun rights advocates and conservate groups have proclaimed Jan. 19 "Gun Appreciation Day." In a press release, this coalition urged citizens to use Jan. 19 to go to local gun shows, ranges and stores to show support for the 2nd Amendment. Scheduled to send a message to Washington two days before President Barack Obama's second inauguration, the "Gun Appreciation Day" is expected to rival "Chick-fil-A Day" as a public statement of protest against government policies. "The Obama administration has shown that it is more than willing to trample the Constitution to impose its dictates upon the American people," Gun Appreciation Day chairman Larry Ward, president of Political Media, Inc said in the press release. "If the …
Friday, January 18, 2013
President Obama said the laws, including universal background checks and a renewed ban on assault rifles, would lead to "fewer atrocities like the one that happened in Newtown."
Friday, January 18
Alongside Vice President Joe Biden and a group of children who had written in support, President Barack Obama signed a proposal to Congress on Wednesday to strengthen United States gun laws. These included universal background checks, limiting the number of bullets in a clip and renewing a ban on military-grade assault rifles. "If America worked harder to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, there would be fewer atrocities like the one that occurred in Newtown," the president said. Obama listed some specific measures, including a 10-round limit on magazines for firearms, and asked Congress to confirm Todd Jones to fill the long-dormant role of chief for the Bureau of Alchol, Tobacco and Firearms — and briefly mentioned other …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
The Georgia General Assembly convenes on Monday, Jan. 14. State Rep. Tom Rice highlights some of the issues lawmakers will deal with this year.
Editor's note: Georgia State Representative Tom Rice (R-Dist. 95) will provide periodic reports during the 40-day legislative session. Here is his first report. On Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, the members and members elect of the Georgia House and Senate will be sworn in at 10 a.m. and thus will begin the 40-day session of the Georgia General Assembly. I am greatly indebted to the voters of House District 95 to allow me to serve again. It is my desire to hear from the voters on any issue and they can do that simply by going to my web site at www.tomrice.org and keying the contact tab. You can also call my office at 404-656-5912 to voice your opinion or to set up a meeting. The 2013 Session undoubtedly will focus on many issues of concern to the…