New gun law isn't dire

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Regarding the Rev. Dr. Gaye W. Ortiz, who takes issue with Georgia’s new gun law on guns in churches (“Clergy oppose gun law,” May 23): Why should churches have such a need to have government controlling them? Statists would enjoy having governments control everything in their lives, but is that what churches enjoy? After all, there’s nothing in our Constitution regarding the “separation of church and state,” so let the state take over. All would be perfect, right?

In truth, Georgia’s new law allows churches to regain control and make their own decisions regarding guns. The Baptist Congress of Georgia was represented at the hearings on the bill. They were very outspoken about keeping the government out of their churches. They acknowledged some churches would not like guns in churches, but they were encouraged the state would be returning that decision to the churches, rather than making the decision for them, and treating churches no differently than any other private business.

How much more control would Dr. Ortiz like the government to have in her church? Allthis law accomplished was returning autonomy to the church proper. Her church likely has a kitchen in some sort of recreational hall. Should state and local inspectors be able to shut it down after a sanitation inspection? Should they close a church because it might not be wheelchair-accessible? What if it’s customary, as it is in some churches, to dip the host in wine and offer it to a child during communion? Surely that must break some law. What happens when the majority of citizens see the need to tax properties that churches own elsewhere (real estate, stocks, bonds, etc.)? Those revenues would go a long way toward paying off the national debt.

You might think twice about how much government control you want in your church. On the other hand, some churches welcome this law because it merely states clearly that the government should not interfere and tell them how to run their churches. Meanwhile, give thought to how many signs have ever kept criminals and the insane from entering “gun-free zones.” Nobody can legislate morality.

Donald Edwards

Martinez

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Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 05/31/14 - 06:32 am
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A church is a private business?

Well, that should help the tax base greatly. Yep, guns everywhere, a grand idea. Except, of course, where the idiots who came up with this dumb law meet and make up these dumb laws. There, guns are verboten. If they make everyone safer, why not there? Surely these guys and gals want to be as safe as possible?

csrareader
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csrareader 05/31/14 - 07:01 am
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Bod, Have you ever been to

Bod,
Have you ever been to the state capital? Notice those nice folks toting guns? Our legislators have armed protection paid for by the state. Unfortunately, not all businesses, including churches, have that luxury. If you don't think firearms are needed, fine. Don't buy one. However, let other law abiding citizens make that decision for themselves.

RMSHEFF
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RMSHEFF 05/31/14 - 07:29 am
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BOD

I can only assume the Church you attend does not allow guns......

deestafford
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deestafford 05/31/14 - 08:18 am
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This law passed by the Georgia legislature and signed...

This law passed by the Georgia legislature and signed by the governor is as misunderstood and demeaned by the left as the Stand Your Ground laws.

Common sense is so seldomingly used by the left that if it were a used car it could be sold as nearly new with extremely low mileage.

jaymai
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jaymai 05/31/14 - 09:38 am
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One problem with this law is,

One problem with this law is, it puts the onus on the churches, bars, etc., to put a sign up forbidding guns and thus enduring the wrath of diehard gun rights advocates (who could choose to take their business elsewhere) as well as, in some peoples minds, advertising to would-be criminals that this place is safe to rob. If you're going to pass a law like this, don't give the establishments a choice. Tell them they cannot legally forbid patrons with legal firearms in their establishments (including churches).

jimmymac
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jimmymac 05/31/14 - 10:51 am
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This is the most misunderstood law ever passed. I truly believe most don't even understand the basic tenets of the law they're complaining about.

Darby
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Darby 05/31/14 - 03:17 pm
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This "dumb law" as Bod wants to call it

does nothing more than allow law abiding citizens to have guns where the criminals ALREADY CARRY THEM!

Yeah! Just how "dumb" is that?

nocnoc
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nocnoc 05/31/14 - 08:14 pm
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What part of CONCEALED don't liberals Understand?

Only the wearer knows they are packing unit a criminal tries something.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 05/31/14 - 08:31 pm
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The SCOTUS has ruled, the

The SCOTUS has ruled, the experts have spoken, the right of the individual to bear arms. It's like global warming-the experts have spoken and it's "settled". No room for debate or dissent-because you'd be an uneducated ignorant idiot to disagree with the experts. Sound familiar doesn't it.

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corgimom 05/31/14 - 10:33 pm
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The idea that a Christian, in

The idea that a Christian, in the House of the Lord, would shoot and kill another human being, is just plain sickening.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 05/31/14 - 10:55 pm
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Well I don't think any of the

Well I don't think any of the shootings in churches have been from christians but people who dislike christians and nut cases on the whole.

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bubbasauce 06/06/14 - 12:02 am
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Corgimom, I am a Christian and

Corgimo, I am a Christian and if I did carry a gun to my Church for protection against all the crazy idiots in this world I would have no problem at all shooting someone and possibly killing them in the Church to protect others from being killed. Now what you think about that?

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