Never thought I'd admit this, but maybe liberals are right when it comes to guns -- perhaps more has to be done to keep firearms from people who are unbalanced.
I wondered about this after listening to libtalker Mike Malloy's radio show Tuesday in which he railed against Georgia's Safe Carry Protection Act, which would allow licensed gun owners to bring concealed carry weapons to schools, bars, churches, airports and government offices. The legislation, derided by opponents as the "guns everywhere" law, has been approved by state lawmakers and awaits the governor's signature. (Audio after the jump)
It didn't take long for Malloy to climb way over the top, which is familiar territory for him (audio) --
This organization founded by Gabrielle Giffords, you remember her, the former Arizona congresswoman that Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck suggested should be murdered, the one who was critically wounded in a mass shooting in 2011, she calls it 'the most extreme gun bill in America.' The NRA, which they're behind this of course, they want guns everywhere. Jesus Christ! I would like to invite one of the NRA board members, and I'll be armed, let's just get this over with, OK? Come on down to Georgia and I'll be packing heat and you be packing heat or whether you want to or not, I don't give a damn, it's up to you. And you come, meet me someplace, and all of a sudden, see, we have stand your ground here, and all of a sudden I'm going to feel real goddamned threatened by you! And I will shoot you! If I feel threatened. The law says I can! Ha ha ha ha ha, ha ha ha ha ha!
It was probably his deranged laugh that was the tipping point for my second thoughts. Thanks for bringing me around, Mike. Can we start the more rigorous mental health screenings of short-fused gun owners with you?
So even if the generic NRA board member took Malloy up on his offer, and showed up unarmed, Malloy would still feel threatened and thus compelled to shoot the board member. In other words, the alleged threat here comes not from that person's capacity for deadly force through use of a firearm -- but from his or her opinions. I'm not a lawyer, as the saying goes, but I question whether Georgia's stand your ground law would cover that.
Gotta love the abject hypocrisy of Malloy condemning the NRA for contributing to gun violence -- by threatening them with gun violence.
Among the Georgia legislators voting in favor of the Safe Carry Protection Act was state senator Jason Carter, a Democrat running for governor and grandson of former president Jimmy Carter.