Atlanta officials issue call for gun control

Atlanta officials issue call for gun control
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In the state of Georgia, Atlanta stands apart.

It’s kind of a whole different world than the rest of Georgia. They have skyscrapers and the rest of the state has peanut fields.

Yet for many in Atlanta, they’re the whole world, so it’s not surprising officials there are demanding gun control.

In the wake of an unprecedented housing crisis and growing gun violence locally and nationwide, DeKalb County District 7 Commissioner Lorraine Cochran-Johnson is urging elected officials in neighboring counties to introduce legislation to find solutions. Cochran-Johnson recently introduced two resolutions in DeKalb to implement tenant protections and gun control measures.

“If we are to truly ensure our society is more just and equitable, we must make common sense reforms to protect our communities from rising gun violence and the egregious effects of poverty,” said Councilman Antonio Lewis. “If these aren’t central tenets for us as legislators,  we stand to lose another generation to the effects of both.”

According to the American Public Health Association, gun violence is recognized as the leading cause of premature deaths in the United States and a report titled Gun Safety in America conducted by the Everytown For Gun Safety organization discovered that every day, more than 110 Americans are killed with guns and more than 200 are shot and wounded, resulting in more than 38,000 deaths and nearly 85,000 injuries annually.

The proposed DeKalb County Gun Control Resolution acknowledges gun violence as a public health crisis and includes the adoption of common-sense gun control legislation and the enforcement of laws that govern the criminal misuse of guns. It also urges the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to restore funding removed under the Dickey Amendment for firearms and and gun violence prevention research.

“Healthy living is not limited to having good physical and mental health,” said Commissioner Natalie Hall. “Nobody is healthy if they are spending most of their income on housing and are living in fear due to the increase in gun violence. We legislators must do what is in our power to ensure all residents live a truly healthy life.”

I find this fascinating.

Now, understand that Atlanta can’t create their own gun control laws. Georgia is a preemption state, so their hands are tied there.

Yet they try so desperately to tie this with expensive housing.

It should be noted that on this list of the most expensive cities in Georgia, most of them are in the Atlanta area. But we’re not a housing site, we’re a Second Amendment site, so I’m going to leave that there.

So what about guns. Is there a chance in hell of these demands being taken seriously in the state? Not really.

Atlanta is a huge urban center, but as things currently stand, they’re not quite able to overpower the rest of the state. As a result, there is still a very strong pro-gun sentiment here and it’s unlikely that Atlanta can cram gun control down the collective throats of their fellow Georgians.

However, much like the housing issue, there’s a lot that Atlanta could do on their own.

Sure, preemption keeps them from passing gun control on their own, but there are a plethora of policies that the region could implement that would reduce violent crime. The fact that it hasn’t happened is very telling.

Frankly, a lot of my fellow Georgians get kind of sick of Atlanta. We might love the sports teams that call the city home, but we’re not remotely interested in having them try to dictate idiotic policies to us.