Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Nelson, Ga., follows Kennesaw's example in mandating gun ownership for households, while Connecticut looks to strengthen gun controls — both attempts to improve safety.
After passing a law requiring gun ownership for each household, the little town of Nelson, Ga., was the talk of the nation this week. Monday's passage of the city's Family Protection Ordinance was reported by The Huffington Post, which noted the city council's agenda said the ordinance was a deterrent to potential criminals. It also said it is "opposition of any future attempt by the federal government to confiscate personal firearms." Kennesaw, Ga., passed a similar law years ago and Kennesaw Police Lt. Craig Graydon told Kennesaw Patch he was not surprised another city had opted for a similar ordinance. He said for years he had fielded calls from reporters around the world interested in the city's famous 1982 gun law. With some …
Saturday, February 23, 2013
The vice president said recently he keeps two shotguns in his own home.
Vice President Joe Biden recently caused a stir when he told people at a roundtable discussion that if they were worried about protecting themselves at home, a shotgun would be more beneficial than an AR-15. This was being debated in the context of the Obama administration’s calls to renew the federal assault weapons ban. In a Fox News story, Biden was quoted as telling the group that he instructs his wife to use a shotgun in the event of a problem. He reportedly said he’s told his wife to walk out onto the balcony and fire two blasts from the double-barreled shotgun. “I promise you whoever’s coming in is not gonna,” Biden is reported as saying. “You don’t need an AR-15 (assault rifle). It’s harder to aim. It’s harder to use and in fact …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
The Oconee County, Ga. sheriff spoke with Melissa Francis of Fox Business on Jan. 4, 2013.
- PUBLIC SAFETY
Tuesday, January 8
Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry Friday was interviewed on Fox Business about his decision to no longer conduct business with Dana Safety Supply in light of the company's policy change to sell selected firearms only to law enforcement and not to the general public. Host Melissa Francis questioned Berry about his opinion of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence's scorecard for the state of Georgia regarding gun regulation. In 2011, Georgia was given a score of 8 out of a possible 100 by the campaign. Berry responded by saying he "was kinda hoping we'd shoot for a lower number than that." "Georgia's a state where we truly believe the Second Amendment exists for a reason, and the Second Amendment exists for lawful citizens to be able …
Friday, January 4, 2013
Sheriff Scott Berry tells Fox 5 News he disagrees with Dana Safety Supply's recent decision to sell semi-automatic, self-loading rifles only to law enforcement and no longer to the general public.
Oconee County, Ga. Sheriff Scott Berry has been speaking out in recent weeks about the issue of gun control, and his interpretation and support of the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. According to a post dated Jan. 3 on the blog Guns Save Lives, Berry sent an email to a Buford gun shop stating he no longer intends for the Oconee County Sheriff's Office to conduct business with Dana Safety Supply because the company recently revised its policy to no longer sell semi-automatic rifles to non-law enforcement individuals. The company has locations in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and North Carolina. In an interview with Fox 5 Atlanta News Thursday, Berry offered an explanation. "If they chose not to sell to civilians, law-abiding …
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Friday's shooting massacre at a Connecticut elementary school has ignited the gun control debate.
Friday's shooting tragedy at a Connecticut school has again brought the topic of gun control to the forefront. Twenty elementary school children were among the 27 people killed when a gunman opened fire inside a kindergarten class at Sandy Hook Elementary. Adam Lanza, who killed his mother first, was identified as the shooter. He killed himself as a finale to the massacre. Immediately the debate turned to gun control with advocates saying stricter gun controls are obviously needed. This is the fifth time this president has had to visit the families of mass shooting victims. White House press secretary Jay Carney, however, said Friday "was not the day" to discuss gun control. But the president made it clear that this does bring the topic …
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Join the national conversation in the top stories of the week.
This column is designed to offer a platform to discuss national stories on a local level. Share your opinion in the comment section. ---------- The most significant story of the week is clearly the Newtown, Conn., school shooting that took place on Friday. As journalists, we never expect to cover something like this, nor are we ever adequately prepared, even if it's just to write a short summation. All I will say is that my thoughts, prayers and tears are with the families. For in-depth coverage, visit our sister site, Newtown Patch. Find out how to help families affected by the tragedy here. ---------- Did you know that something similar happened in China yesterday, but with a knife? There were no deaths, but the horror is the same. The…