Recently 11Alive news commissioned an outside polling firm to question people from across the state of Georgia on the issue of gun control.
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.”