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By Ronnie Mosley
April 29, 2014
Caption : When the Georgia Guns Everywhere bill passed the state legislature, I knew it was a nightmare for young men of color like me and anyone caught in the crossfire, a nightmare for domestic violence victims, and a nightmare for law enforcement.     

When the Georgia ‘Guns Everywhere’ bill passed the state legislature, I knew it was a nightmare for young men of color like me and anyone caught in the crossfire, a nightmare for domestic violence victims, and a nightmare for law enforcement.

It’s not the presences of guns in more public places that is bothersome but their imminent ability to make a situation deadly. I’ve always believed that government had a fiduciary duty to protect its citizens and now is the time for Millennials to elect candidates that fulfill that duty by passing common-sense gun legislation.

Georgia’s Governor Nathan Deal (R) recently signed H.B. 60, making Georgia more unsafe than ever.

Characterized as the most aggressive state level legislation of its kind in the country, this bill endangers Georgia’s visitors at government buildings, bars, and schools. The law also restores gun privileges to criminals by expanding the usage of the state’s Stand Your Ground law, allowing them to obtain a carry license, and prohibiting law enforcement from checking for a carry permit that requires no training to apply or receive.

Young Americans are among the most impacted by gun violence and Georgia is among the 15 worst states in terms of young Americans (18-29) killed by firearms. The combination of permissive gun laws and high rate of gun deaths that have made Georgia one of the deadliest gun states in the country is why support for common-sense gun safety laws are highest among Millennials.

We support laws to keep guns in safe hands and believe in the need of a universal background check for the purchases of firearms and ammunition. 

Over the last year, the Georgia Gunsense Coalition made up of moms, ministers, Millennials, and more have fought hard to advance the will of Georgians. Despite the recent public safety defeat, we do have some good news.

Guns on campus was defeated for the third year in a row; houses of worship are now allowed to opt in if they want congregants to carry concealed weapons instead of being forced to do so. That’s why I know that we can pass universal background checks, that government can keep its promise to the families of lost loved ones, and that we can win on this issue.  

There are legislatures that are willing to fight with us like State Representative Scott Holcomb (D-Decatur) .

“There is no data—none—to support the argument that the cure for gun violence is more guns,” Holcomb said. 

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