Most Georgians Support Gun Controls – Really

Proof that reasonable, common sense gun controls are favored by a majority of Georgians.

11Alive News commissioned an outside polling firm to question people from across the state of Georgia on the issue of gun control. http://www.11alive.com/news/article/272642/40/POLL-Gun-control-in-Georgia-

A majority of Georgia citizens want controls on:                                                                       

new sales of assault weapons (56%),                                                                            

background checks on all gun buyers, including private sells between individuals (75%),         

limit the ammunition capacity of magazines (56%),                                                            

eliminate permits for concealed weapons. Georgia says No (80%),                                       

Allow guns in churches, Georgia says No (64%)                                                                     

Allow guns on college campuses, Georgia says No (65%).

If you don’t bring up gun control in conversation because you think the NRA reflects a majority view of Georgia voters, you are misinformed. If you let that obnoxious guy in your office go on and on about “guns don’t kill people” and you don’t say anything to point out the error, you are wrong.

The majority of Georgians, like the majority of Americans, want reasonable, common sense gun controls. Don’t waste your time talking to someone about gun controls that is not aware of the real values of Georgians and only talks to those who reinforce his ignorance of what the majority wants. Let your views be known, to encourage the silent majority on this issue to speak out. Let your views be known, so politicians don’t think that militia types and paranoid conspiracy theorists are the only ones who vote. Let your views be known. Call your congressman. Send a letter to the editor. Make a comment in on-line newspapers.

If you are a Republican who supports reasonable, common sense gun controls, most of your Republican friends probably think the same way.

If you are a hunter who supports reasonable, common sense gun controls, most of your hunting buddies probably think the same way.

If you are a politician who obeys his lobbyist campaign contributors and pays lip service to the voters just to get their votes, this poll tells you what most of your voters are thinking.

You may have been timid when you thought you were in the minority in Georgia. Now that you know you are in the majority, don’t be shy. In Georgia, supporting reasonable, common sense, gun controls should be as easy to do as someone in church saying “Amen” or an Alabama fan saying, “Roll Tide.”

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jeff January 27, 2013 at 03:20 PM
Poll stats: Republican Democrat Independent 29% 42% 27%
EJ February 02, 2013 at 02:38 PM
Arizona alone has 120,000 persons who have been adjudicated mentally ill that are not in the NIC database and would pass the background check today. Only 27 states authorize or require reporting pertinent mental health data to NICS, according to Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Nearly half the states in the country submitted fewer than 100 records between 2004 and 2011. Seventeen states have submitted fewer than 10 records in total. Before you spend a bunch of your money making sure your Dad has to pass a background check to sell you his shotgun, you might want to fix the system so all the people that are an actual threat are there first. The AZ, CO and CT shooters were all mentally unstable.
EJ February 02, 2013 at 02:53 PM
You are nine times more likely to killed by a knife, a hammer, or bare hands than a rifle. You're more likely to be intentionally run over, or accidentally shot by a law enforcement officer, than killed by an assault rifle. You're more than 18 times more likely to be killed by a distracted driver than an assault rifle. Your child is 66 times more likely to be killed by a drunk driver than an assault rifle. You might want to think about focusing on the actual threats rather than the ones you're more afraid of.
EJ February 02, 2013 at 03:21 PM
In 2010, 47 percent of those denied the right to buy a gun were denied because of a felony conviction they lied about on their 4473 background check form. Falsely filling a 4437 is a felony offense. Of the 33,906 felons attempting to illegally purchase a firearm, 44 were prosecuted, and 13 were convicted. We should think about funding for enforcing current laws before we add any more.
EJ February 02, 2013 at 03:40 PM
The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, under existing law, has the jurisdiction to set up at a gun show and make all firearms purchasers pass a background check before leaving with a firearm. The ATF currently does not actively employ such a program because they don't have funding to do so, and because they already know that the overwhelming majority of criminals don't acquire their weapons through legal channels.
Lissa M. February 02, 2013 at 04:36 PM
9 years prior to the Nazi Party taking over in Germany, they begin to require registration of weapons, so that it would be easy to confiscate them from the citizenry later. Look it up...
Lissa M. February 02, 2013 at 04:36 PM
Leading cause of death in children is household accidents.
Dbc February 02, 2013 at 05:41 PM
so the Nazi party is going to take over America if we enact reasonable gun control laws??
EJ February 02, 2013 at 05:58 PM
"This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future!" - Adolph Hitler, 1935, on The Weapons Act of Nazi Germany
EJ February 02, 2013 at 06:02 PM
"Those now possessing weapons and ammunition are at once to turn them over to the local police authority. Firearms and ammunition found in a Jew's possession will be forfeited to the government without compensation. Whoever willfully or negligently violates the provisions will be punished with imprisonment and a fine." - Nazi Germany (Regulations Against Jews Possession of Weapons), 1938
EJ February 02, 2013 at 06:03 PM
"When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government." - Thomas Jefferson


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