Below is an opinion piece in the online AJC. I am posting the whole thing here because I know you need to register to read it. I downloaded the FBI Uniform Crime Report and spent an hour going through it. I could not find the stat below where they state that out of the 112 murders in Atlanta 73 were committed with a firearm. Maybe I missed it. Can someone else see if they can find it? Lawmakers are pushing a slew of gun bills this session with the goal of making it easier to own, carry and use a gun in Georgia, even in the Capitol itself. Apparently, these legislators come from hellish corners of the state where it's dangerous to drive to the Piggly Wiggly without a pistol propped on your lap. If you believe the outlandish rhetoric at the Legislature, high school graduates in the state ought to be issued Glocks at graduation because they won't be safe making their way in the world unless they're armed, able to bring their guns to work and allowed to fire at the first provocation. â€¢ Most Georgians don't live in the violence-soaked world described by the legislators. And easier access to guns doesn't protect people. Georgia has the most lenient gun laws in the country, and suffers higher rates of gun deaths as a result. In Atlanta, for example, 73 of the 112 murders and 1,717 of the 3,116 robberies last year involved a firearm, according to the FBI Uniform Crime Reports. HB 1001 permits the transport of "an unloaded or loaded firearm . . . in any location in the motor vehicle." The law now says guns must be "fully exposed to view or in the glove compartment, console." The bill's authors contend that owners ought to be able to tuck their guns under or between the seats of their cars, if they so choose. The bill should be called the "Georgia police endangerment" bill because a traffic officer who pulls over a motorist and gets in an argument won't realize that the person is casually dropping his hand between the seats to grab a gun. Next on the loony list is HB 998, "Georgia's Self-Defense Act." This intrusion on private property rights gives employees the right to bring their guns to work and leave them in their cars in company-owned parking lots. Many private employers oppose the bill, saying they must be able to set the rules for their own parking lots to protect their workplaces. Then, there's the "stand your ground" bill, SB 396, which entitles people to shoot anyone they perceive as a threat, even when they could have chosen to call law enforcement or simply retreat. "As a gun owner, I don't think we should be passing laws that encourage use of guns to settle disputes," says state Rep. Tom Bordeaux (D-Savannah). "We are telling people to stand and fight, to prove their manhood by gunning it out. That's not what I'm teaching my kids, so I don't know why we would want to put that message into law." Watching the introduction of one extreme gun bill after the other in the General Assembly, Bordeaux says: "This is boys gone wild down here." If HB 1044 passes, they won't just be wild down at the Legislature; they'll be armed. The bill proposes to add part-time judges and legislators, both past and present, to the list of Georgians permitted "to carry pistols in publicly owned or operated buildings." Given the rancor at the Legislature, tour groups at the Capitol might consider flak jackets in the future.