Georgia Gun Owners HATE Open Carry!

During the Constitutional Carry legislation debate in the Georgia General Assembly, I wondered if this support to open carry big, scary, and unnecessary guns would be as popular if the majority of the open carriers were big black men from the metro area rather than rural Georgians.  The divide in the General Assembly was on party lines, racial lines, and geographic lines.   But since we can never get inside a person’s mind I could not say for certain but I had my suspicions.

As a gun owner and believer in the 2nd Amendment I had the urge to ask 100 of my closest black friends to join me at the Capitol carrying their legal firearms – a safe distance from the Capitol of course.  I wondered if that would change the debate.  It would for me! If my conservative colleagues had the same enthusiasm about the law when they saw my friends holding guns as they did when their friends held guns then the law would have gotten my full fledged support.

Years later, the Georgia Gun Owners Facebook page post, the responses of their loyal followers, and the more than 1,000 shares of the “scary” photo below answered my question.

For some of my colleagues, I truly believe the interest in open carry crossed color lines.  I believe they support 2nd Amendment rights for all people no matter location and color.  However, I can’t ignore that the post showing law abiding Georgians, open carrying during this very heated election, magically reveals the truth of some constitutional carry supporters.  Take a look at the post and the comments and make your own decision.

GGO page typically supports this type of carry.  What happened?

The optimist in me wants to try to identify distinctions other than race that make Georgia Gun Owners and all the people who shared the photo see something different than they saw on all the other photos of Georgia gun carriers on their page.  If I’m honest I only see a few differences.  The race of the gun carriers, the Abrams sign, and the fact they were standing in front of a soul food restaurant.

In the photos below – guns are good.  In the photo above – guns are bad.  What do you see?

GGO is right! GGO is losing their mind today over a few people holding guns!
I guess we now know certain people holding guns makes everyone’s head explode.
None of your business what one chooses to protect their right to vote!
So romantic!
I’m glad in America having guns in your OWN neighborhood is given the same respect.

What did change after the 50’s???? Hmmmmm let me think.
Awww they are pointing at something! How cute.

It is amazing to me how we live in the same country yet what we find scary or intimidating is so different.

 

 

 

This post is dedicated to Philando Castile – a law abiding, legal gun owner, who was shot in his car by law enforcement after he properly informed the officer about his legally owned gun.  Castile was shot by the officer even though he had not committed a crime, was in a car stopped for a traffic violation, and was with his child and girlfriend.  The gun loving community was strangely silent at this violation of Castile’s 2nd Amendment right.  RIP Philando!

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Indypendant
Indypendant

Republicans, “Do something about black on black crime.”

Democrats, “Let’s try gun control!”

Republicans, “No.”

TheDeepDark
TheDeepDark

Sorry, I’m not intimidated by Airsoft rifles…

O_O
O_O

You don’t think the guy on the left in the second pic has a real grenade launcher? Do you know the context of that photo? Tacticool roleplayers for Abrams?

chefdavid
chefdavid

I see nothing wrong with this other than the fact that they are going to be pissed if Abrams gets in office and takes their guns away.

Will Durant
Will Durant

You see nothing wrong with black people having guns or the treatment of their picture on social media? Also with a super majority Republican legislature guaranteed what methodology could Ms. Abrams use to take guns away from anyone?

Will Durant
Will Durant

And now Brian Kemp is bringing a variation of this photo into a race baiting (sorry, that is the only term applicable in this instance) tweet seen here:

https://twitter.com/BrianKempGA/status/1059064685411082240/photo/1

“How radical is my opponent? Look at who is backing her. The New Black Panther Party is “a racist…antisemitic organization whose leaders have encouraged violence against whites, Jews, & law enforcement” RT if you agree that Abrams & the Black Panthers are TOO EXTREME for GA!”

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Race baiting? The black panthers?! Don’t those guys know Stacy wants to get their guns!! How funny would that be!?

Will Durant
Will Durant

Kemp is assigning blame on Abrams for a group supporting her beyond her control or endorsement. Also he is using an inflammatory photo to a certain segment of Georgia’s mostly rural and older population that is obviously striking a racial chord loud and clear, no dog whistle required. Should he then not take ownership of his “supporters” calling themselves Road to Power that are behind the racist robocalls featuring a fake Oprah?
https://www.facebook.com/100012148204907/videos/vb.100012148204907/619266061821662/

Or literally embracing this guy?
https://imgur.com/a/kuTwDq7

Gregs
Gregs

Or accepting the endorsement of white nationalist Donald Trump.

Indypendant
Indypendant

That guy doesn’t know his Bible, because God and Allah are the same.

Will Durant
Will Durant

“James Stachowiak, who is wearing a T-shirt that reads “Allah is not God, and Mohammad is not his prophet,” is an anti-Islam, alt-right racist who has a video blog on which he talks about killing Muslims and Black people while pointing his rifle at the camera. He’s threatened Stacey Abrams campaign staffers (Kemp still hasn’t denounced that act of violence), called Islam “the death cult of Satan and the Antichrist,” and trespassed onto the property of a mosque to destroy a copy of the Quran. All of this, of course, while pledging his support to Trump and Kemp. Even if… Read more »