Republican Misfire

The Cherokee Tribune, by and through the Associated Press, published an article insinuating that Governor Deal worked quietly to help defeat the highly controversial gun bill during the legislative session by “making opposition concerns known”.

“Correspondence obtained by The Associated Press shows the Republican governor had given a key lawmaker research about the law developed by its opponents in the university system. Meanwhile, his chief of staff made it clear in a meeting that Deal was not personally backing the proposal. It failed last month on the final day of Georgia’s annual legislative session.”

Deal, who was endorsed by both the NRA and GeorgiaCarry (who were at odds on this legislation) in his last campaign, had the opportunity to expand second amendment rights in Georgia. I can’t imagine it would bode well for a conservative Governor to oppose any type of gun restrictions. Not in a red state. Not now. But being a red state and with all the national chatter regarding our 2A rights, what are we to take away from the silence of our Governor? What’s that quote? Silence is more musical than any song…

Actions speak louder than words, Gov. But of course, I’d like to see the e-mails.

39 comments

  1. Baker says:

    You haven’t noticed by now this is pretty much Deal’s whole style?

    Keep head down, give lip service to something if necessary, a la tax reform or ethics, both of which were jokes, punt on anything politically damaging that you like but don’t want to take responsibility for. He’s not been a elected politician this long for nothing…and therein lies the problem with the whole system.

    • PoliticalJoe says:

      That’s called a separation of powers in a conservative administration. Let the legislators do the talking. Let the executive do the signing and veto’ing. 🙂

    • mpierce says:

      Keep head down, give lip service to something if necessary…punt on anything politically damaging that you like but don’t want to take responsibility for

      Doesn’t that describe most politicians?

      • DeKalb Wonkette says:

        Deal inherited tax reform and T-SPLOST; neither were of his making. Is there something so wrong with keeping your head down and getting stuff done?

        • Baker says:

          Inherited tax reform? I don’t quite understand that one. He inherited T-SPLOST because the rules for that were already set in place.

          House and Senate leaders are certainly the ones more responsible for the lackluster tax reforms, ethics, and other efforts, but Deal, using the bully pulpit if you will, could have advocated for much more and never said a peep about it. Where’s the leadership?

  2. Harry says:

    Citizens with valid CCW licenses should be able to go anywhere with the exception of controlled-access facilities. It’s not possible to control all access points to schools and universities, so the legal guys need to be given the same opportunity to protect people as the lawbreakers currently have to kill people.

    • Scott65 says:

      then why do we have a police force. If citizens can go around shooting people when they feel threatened (validly or not)…doesn’t seem we should need police

      • Noway says:

        Scott, police are reactive. They ain’t gonna protect you in all of the instances where you have to protect yourself.

        • The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

          +1…Look no further than virtually anywhere in Metro Atlanta on any (and every) given day for proof of your statement.

      • OleDirtyBarrister says:

        The police exist to tape off the scene around your corpse so that the coroner/M.E. can pick you up and take you to the morgue, open a file, give interviews, offer a reward, and stand around the scene in large numbers with the lights flashing while they shoot the breeze. Then they move to Florida and collect a pension.

  3. Scott65 says:

    Hows about he had a moment of clarity. Guns in church. Guns in airports. Guns, Guns, Guns. Nobody’s 2nd amendment rights are being infringed. To say otherwise is fear mongering and deceitful in the worst of ways. When you buy a car, you register it, whether you sell it to a dealership or to a family member. WTF is the problem holding guns to the same standard??? I’m sorry, but a group of survivalist yahoos shouldn’t be dictating what is a common sense policy is in this state or this country. People are killed every day by guns, and universal background checks would help…more guns dont make people safer…the truth will stand when the world is on fire…

    • Harry says:

      The main issue was not registration but rather the areas including universities that are currently off limits to properly registered holders of CCW permits.

      • MattMD says:

        I don’t see what the big deal is about carrying at a college.

        First off, you have to be 21 so get the CCW so that will eliminate large numbers of students right there. Secondly, you have to have a permit. As far as the alcohol and stress goes, how is that any different at what goes on off campus? I can tell you from experience that there are plenty of students in Home Park by Tech who are armed to the teeth. Campus housing would still be allowed to prohibit weapons since you pretty much sign away any rights you think you have when you sign those contracts (they are MUCH more restrictive than your average lease).

        From what I understand pretty much all the administrators were against it and they let the BOR know their position.

        • Harry says:

          “From what I understand pretty much all the administrators were against it and they let the BOR know their position.

          That’s it.

    • Noway says:

      Owning a gun is a constitutional right. Operating a car is a state granted permission. BIG difference. There’s that damn Bill of Rights again.

    • OleDirtyBarrister says:

      Are you a product of public schools?

      The reason this country exists is because of young men with guns that had the will to use them. Not all, only a small percentage of the colonial population bore the burden of fighting and suffering.

      The founding fathers were smart enough to realize the value of guns in the hands of the populace and considered it so important that they protected the right in the Second Amendment to the constitution. It is a fundamental right. Automobiles and licenses to drive are not fundamental rights enshrined in the Bill of Rights. It’s a facile analogy and outright ridiculous.

  4. Jessica S. says:

    Scott 65,
    I can appreciate where you’re coming from except that it’s wrong.
    The contention of the bill was with students being allowed to carry on campus. As a Georgia State alum, I know how dangerous the campuses are after the surrounding businesses close and all the ‘day-time’ people go home. Are you calling all the students on campus ‘fear mongering survivalist yahoos’? That’s likely a first. Besides, it would have only applied to students who already has a CC permit.
    I’d also ask if you would send your daughter or wife or mother down to Georgia State or Georgia Tech alone after dark.
    You don’t have to be a fear mongering survivalist yahoo to know the answer is NO.

    Oh, and by the way…people are already carrying in church.

    • The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

      Jessica S., April 5, 2013 at 11:56 am-

      +1

      …People are also already carrying on college campuses and not legally as evidenced by the frequent and recurring violent armed robberies at Georgia State and Georgia Tech.

  5. seenbetrdayz says:

    This was pretty much Deal’s M.O. when he was in Congress. I don’t know why anyone thought it would be different when he became Gov. Of course, we were told to want the guy with ‘experience’. And here we have him.

    • The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

      I don’t necessarily agree with what has unfolded with this gun bill, but I can’t be too down on Deal after 8 years of Sonny Perdue and his at times wholly adversarial relationship with the legislature, particularly his very poor relationship with the House.

  6. jiminga says:

    I’m very disappointed in the bill’s failure. My wife works for a state agency in leased space in a building with no security or camera system. In the winter she arrives and leaves in the dark, walking across a semi-lighted parking lot to her car. She has a Georgia Weapons License but is prevented by law from carrying her gun from her car into work. I bought pepper spray for her but of course that’s only effective at very close range.

    I pray nothing bad happens to her, but if it does, the state of Georgia will make me a rich man. Perhaps our “public servants” will reconsider and actually serve the public for a change.

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