"I'm very aware this is a controversial subject but it is my purpose and my intent to have an open and intellectually honest discussion with the state of Georgia about gun violence," said Oliver, the bill's sponsor, during a Jan. 14 news conference in the state Capitol.
"Gun violence kills 30,000 people a year."
Bishop Robert Wright of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta said, "We need to have a conversation-a real conversation-and we need to pass some legislation about assault weapons.
"When I think about these very extreme and extraordinary weapons in the hands of people who have no business having these types of weapons in their hands, it makes me fear for our men and women in law enforcement," Wright said.
He urged the audience to help "law enforcement officials to continue to have the upper hand as they go about their work doing the business of protecting and serving us," Wright said.
"This kind of assault weapon, these extraordinary magazines and these armor-piercing bullets are just beyond" necessary, Wright said. "No one needs this. For what reason do you need this? The hunter doesn't need this. The sportsman doesn't need this.
They are a source of our sickness and our disease."
Weapons are "created for one purpose: to kill, to maim, to disfigure and to terrorize," Lewicki said. "For the sake of peace, these do not belong in our homes and in our communities."
"privilege of owning" Nope it's a right.Rev. Gary Charles, senior pastor of Central Presbyterian Church, said "more guns do not equal more safety."
Gun owners should be required to undergo training and background checks "before having the privilege of owning a deadly weapon like a car or a gun," Charles said.
"It does not infringe on my rights that I have had to register my car…and I have had to pass a driving proficiency class before I could operate that deadly weapon-a car," he said.
What about trespass upon another?â€œAs a Christian, I think gun violence is an issue Georgians want to discuss in a fair and rational way,â€ Rep. Oliver said at a press conference announcing the bill on Thursday, January 14, 2016.
:-s :shattered: :rotfl2: anic:Assault weapons are defined, in this bill, as fully automatic, semiautomatic, or burst fire guns that fire multiple high-velocity rounds quickly. With burst fire guns, one pulls the trigger only once; and the weapons will continue to shot multiple rounds even if the person loses control of the gun.
â€œOrdinary citizens do not need assault weapons to hunt quailâ€¦ they are meant for killing and harming human beings,â€ Rev. Gary Charles, Sr. Pastor, Central Presbyterian Church, said at the press conference.
â€œThese weapons are created for one purpose to kill, disfigure, and to terrorize. These assault weapons do not belong in our homes and our communities,â€ Rev. David Lewicki, Chair, Presbyterians for Better Georgia and Co-Pastor, North Decatur Presbyterian Church, said.
Or simply exercising their right.As previously reported by Atlanta Progressive News, at several demonstrations in the Atlanta area over the last several years, this reporter has witnessed men carrying AK 47 assault weapons. They say it is their Second Amendment right, or to protect the public, but everyone knows, even the police, that they are trying to intimidate people on the other side of an issue.
â€œIf you canâ€™t hear anything else, hear this; having these extreme weapons in the hand of people who have no business having them makes me fear for our law enforcement, â€ Rev. Robert Wright, Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, said.
bold mineThis bill will require people who possess assault weapons to render the weapon inoperable or turn it into the Georgia Bureau of Investigation by the end of October 2016.
Pro-gun folks are already yelling that Democrats are trying to take their guns away.
Off the main topic but, God how I wish that were true. Simple majorities elect or representatives for state and federal government and simple majorities ofThe point is mute anyway. We are not a democracy. The majority does not rule.