NAACP Calls Georgia’s New “Guns Everywhere” Law Dangerous and AppallingApril 25, 2014
(Atlanta, GA) -- The NAACP has issued the following statement in response to Gov. Deal’s decision to sign sweeping gun law that permits gun owners to carry weapons into churches, bars, schools and some state government buildings.
From Lorraine C. Miller, NAACP Interim President and CEO:
“Gov. Deal and the state legislature have placed the state of Georgia in grave danger,” stated NAACP Interim President and CEO Lorraine C. Miller. “We are appalled and outraged. Not only are our streets less safe due to a lack of common sense gun safety laws, but now our churches, schools and restaurants are too. Even in the Wild West, gun owners were required to turn over their guns before entering bars."
Miller continued, “This law, combined with the state’s destructive stand your ground law will put more innocent people, particularly young men of color, in danger when an armed person substitutes racial bias for reasonable fear and fire away. This is an insult to the thousands of families who have lost a loved one to gunfire in Georgia.”
In 2011, 443 people were murdered in Georgia by gunfire.
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