“In a press release and Internet video released Feb. 26 (above), Giffords’ group urged Georgians to appeal to the state Senate and Gov. Nathan Deal to defeat the bill,” ajc.com reports. ‘”Georgia lawmakers are now considering passing the most extreme gun bill in America,’ Pia Carusone, the group’s executive director, said in the release. Knowing the many and varied gun measures that exist or are proposed across the nation, could Georgia really be looking at “the most extreme gun bill in America?” We wondered. We decided to run the statement through the Truth-O-Meter.” And guess what the resolutely anti-gun Atlanta Journal Constitution’s politifact.com decided? Well . .
Experts we checked with said there’s no evidence that, if the bill passes, Georgia would be considered to have the most lax gun laws. Four states, Alaska, Arizona, Vermont and Wyoming, don’t even require a permit to carry a concealed weapon, they said.
Jasperse, the bill’s chief sponsor, said labeling his bill as the nation’s “most extreme” is a typical tactic of groups that survive on fundraising and headline-grabbing. “That’s what they are supposed to do, I guess,” he said.
I don’t know quite how to take that . . .
Georgia’s bill clearly would include a large number of changes, which is a flag-raiser for gun safety advocates.
But there are pitfalls to calling anything the worst, the first or, in this case, the “most extreme.” The biggest being: “Can you prove it?” All we really have is Carusone’s statement that her group is following 200 bills acros the country and hasn’t seen any that have as “many extreme provisions” as Georgia’s. Supporting evidence is lacking.
So they hope for other changes rather than, say, restoration of Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms? I rate that totally true.