On July 17, 2020, Atlanta mayor Keisha Bottoms said in an MSNBC interview that Georgia’s open carry laws are part of the reason why there has been an increase in violence in Georgia.
“What’s happening in Atlanta is what’s happening across the country,” Bottoms declared. She alluded to the lack of access to health care and the nation’s high unemployment rate for the unrest.
She added, “People are dying of COVID-19. We have witnessed the injustices that have happened in front of our eyes and its boiling over into our streets.”
The mayor continued going off:
The irony of it is that our overall crime rate is down by 18%, but in Georgia, an open carry state, people are allowed to walk down the streets with assault weapons, and we don’t have probable cause to stop them,” Bottoms added. “You don’t get to pick and choose which demographic you get to stop and question as to why they’re walking in our streets with open weapons. It is an issue in Atlanta. It’s an issue in other cities across this nation, and it is one that we take very seriously.
William Davis of the Daily Caller explained that “Atlanta is one of many major cities that have experienced surges in crime in recent months as protests over the death of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor continue.” From May 31 to June 27, 93 people were shot in Atlanta. According to The Atlanta Journal Constitution, this represented over a two-fold increase from 2019. In that same period last year, 46 people were shot.
One thing that was pointed out was that Georgia has been an open carry state for some time and previously never experienced such a rise in shootings.
Conservative commentator Erick Erickson brought attention to this on Twitter:
Here’s the Mayor of Atlanta blaming open-carry for the increase in in shootings in Atlanta. We’ve had open-carry for at least a decade and the shootings in Atlanta only started after she decided to fire all the police for doing their jobs.
Here's the Mayor of Atlanta blaming open-carry for the increasein in shootings in Atlanta. We've had open-carry for at least a decade and the shootings in Atlanta only started after she decided to fire all the police for doing their jobs. https://t.co/XUPg0Byloc
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) July 17, 2020
Indeed, Georgia has had open carry on the books for some time, but it is not sufficient of a factor to explain why Atlanta is witnessing this sudden rise in shootings.
The Atlanta mayor should instead rethink her anti-police policies which have made the city less safe and more chaotic.
Texas Political Establishment Attempts to Derail Shelley Luther’s Campaign
The special election for Texas’ Senate District 30 is on pace to be one of the most heated races in the Lone Star State.
At a candidate forum on September 18, 2020, Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who was jailed for opening her business in defiance of Governor Greg Abbott’s shutdown order, confronted outgoing State Senator Pat Fallon.
Fallon vacated his seat and is now backing a successor in State Representative Drew Springer.
“We don’t want somebody who’s going to be at odds with our Republican governor,” Fallon said September 18 at the Grayson County Republican Women’s Club.
I didn’t support some of the things that he has done about opening up. … So, he’s made some mistakes. He’s our Republican governor, the 80/20 rule … because you’re not going to get any bills passed unless the governor signs them.
“Let me make something clear. I am accountable to my fellow citizens in Senate District 30. Not our Governor,” Luther responded on September 19 on Facebook:
This is exactly what is wrong with Austin. Our politicians are more loyal to Abbott than us, even when they disagree with him.
I will work with Governor Abbott when he is fighting to protect the liberty of Texans, and I will oppose him when he pushes unilateral dictates that shut down our local businesses.
Fallon and Luther had a tense exchange, which was caught on video.
“You want me to go all in on this race?” Fallon questioned Luther. “I have been 5 percent in on this race. You want me to go all in on it, I’m welcome to.”
“This has become a straight-up fight between Abbott and the ‘Kumbaya’ Professional Political Class vs. the grassroots and people who remember what limited government and principles should look like,” opined conservative activist Mike Openshaw.
“Respectfully, being willing to be jailed for fighting over-reaching government shows principle; that counts for something, Patrick,” Openshaw continued.
Luther has recently received endorsements from conservative Collin County Judge Chris Hill and Young Conservatives of Texas. Springer, on the other hand, received an endorsement from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which asserted that Luther was going down a “far right” path.
A Republican is expected to carry the senate district, which may still require a runoff if the leading candidate does not get enough votes during the first round of the special election.
Election Day will be on September 29.
Luther is viewed as the truly conservative option and many believe she could help break the political status quo in Austin that has kept conservative legislation from ever being passed.
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