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I say ban cars because reckless drivers kill people - they drink and drive, text and drive, eat and drive, talk and drive. Ban mobile phones while you're at it. Ban motorcycles because people sometimes drive recklessly and kill themselves. Ban alcohol because people abuse it, kill themselves or others. Ban all sweets because diabetes kills many thousands a year.
Now... can you see what a ridiculous argument this is? It's not the cars, mobile phones, alcohol, motorcycles or sweets which cause the killing. It's the stupidity of the people using them without thought for existing laws, ordinances, and downright common sense. No doubt in the vast majority of cases where gunshots have ocurred in Newton County, some EXISTING state law or county ordinance was being broken. MORE laws won't change a thing, except to keep the sheriff's office running to more calls and trying to regulate this crazy new ordinance. Unfortunately, you cannot legislate stupidity, which is what they're trying to do. Create all the ordinances and laws you want - the criminal element only scoffs at them, while the law abiding citizens are punished. Look to Chicago for proof. They have the strictest laws and the death rate is sky high from guns. This is political appeasement due to a lack of a more creative solution. Perhaps they should refocus the discussion to help the sheriff come up with a more viable solution to help him enforce the existing laws, which already address the issue. Why is it out of 1,330 calls only 12 people were arrested in 2011 and 2012? There is an answer to this question, and it needs to be addressed. The efforts to curtail our 2nd Amendment rights in this country go way beyond a concern for the safety of our citizenry.
I find it disturbing that although it's been announced that a 'citizen's committee' has been formed to draft the gun ordinance, we are being kept in the dark regarding who those committee members are, where they are meeting, or when they are meeting. It is ludicrous that they are meeting at all. This should never have hit the floor. This is a maneuver to appease the populace of the subject area out of desperation because they can't come up with a viable solution. It is strictly a political move on the part of the Sheriff and 'some' of our Commissioners. Please, could we just call a spade a spade and deal with the real issue?
When one has no facts or logic to back up their argument, it can resort to name calling and the race card being played. Sorry you were targeted. We should all be above it. We're all residents of the county. Perhaps we could work together to help solve the issues of the westerly area without the infringement of our 2nd Amendment rights. I wouldn't want to live somewhere where I felt threatened.
Perhaps you could enlighten me as to how the Sheriff's Dept will enforce the new ordinance if, as you suggest, they don't have enough deputies to enforce the existing laws? If lack of deputies, lack of funding is the issue, then that's what we need to address here in order to help the residents of the community. They do have legitimate concerns but the idiots breaking the old laws won't follow the new ones either. The whole idea of this ordinance is to placate the outraged citizens of one area of the county. It will do nothing to help the situation.
Sadly yes, one death is too many. However, I'm sure you drive a car. Do you feel your right to drive a car safely and within the existing laws should be infringed upon because some drunk or reckless idiot caused an accident? I think not. There are always unintended consequences to even the best intentioned laws - having your Constitutinal rights stripped bit by bit is one of those consequences. If you're not fed up with the erosion of your rights you're either naive or one of the uninformed or ill-informed. I very much doubt that the SRGC is allowed to operate without the proper precautions for safety, but I will research it. I am interested in knowing which was built first - the house where you reside, or the SRGC?
We're having the wrong discussion here. If you look at the white area on the map where the calls are being generated there is a direct correlation between the calls and the crime rate. This was confirmed by the Sheriff at the meeting. The discussion should be centered on what we can do to help the people of that area with their crime issues and the RECKLESS discharge of firearms in that area. They have legitimate concerns which need to be addressed. However, you cannot regulate stupidity. The existing laws need to be enforced. More laws only infringe on the rights of the rest of the citizens in the county. It is an infringement of the 2nd Amendment, plain and simple, and that cannot stand. We need some common sense here. If you had an area of the county where people were driving down a particular street at 100 mph and you wanted to remedy the situation by limiting the speed to 25 mph, would you limit the speed on the one street or would you arbitrarily and unreasonably set the speed limit at 25 mph for the whole county? It's exactly what they are trying to do with this ordinance. We need to be steadfast in our defence of the 2nd Amendment, whether or not we own firearms or want/need to use them.
It is ludicrous to be voting on an issue when the issue has not been defined. No vote should take place without Douglas and a KNOWLEDGEABLE representative giving an explanation as to WHY Baxter has requested the change in zip code and WHY Douglas is such a proponent of the change. There may be good reasons and benefits but answers need to be given quickly! I liken this to obamacare and Nancy Pelosi stating that, "We have to pass it to see what's in it". The very fact that no one has been forthcoming with an explanation reeks of obfuscation. The citizens deserve better.
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