Originally created 03/14/03

Randy Hall not catching on to what new leadership is about

The "it-takes-a-village" people and Sarah Brady's anti-gunners have forged an alliance behind House Bill 197 by Rep. Wendell Willard, R-Dunwoody, which contains the following provision: "A parent, guardian or other person, having immediate control or custody of a child under the age of 16, commits the offense of endangering a child in the second degree if the person intentionally or with criminal negligence engages in conduct that places the child in imminent danger of death, bodily injury or mental injury."

In the House Judiciary Committee, the bill's intent was revealed when Rep. Warren Massey, R-Winder, offered a "self-defense" amendment to protect the right of people to defend their homes. Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, D-Decatur, whined, "Mr. Chairman, with this self-defense amendment, we won't be able to prosecute anybody for having an unlocked gun."

The Hillary Clinton clones have expanded their operation into a well-paying industry with more than 14,000 children under state control. They want this new law to grab even more. Rep. Mable Thomas, D-Atlanta, blasted Mr. Willard because the new law won't be used where he lives (between two country clubs), rather in inner-city neighborhoods - to let voracious agencies like the Department of Family and Children Services snatch more children. HB 197 stalled in the House, so now the left-wingers are pushing it in the state Senate as Senate Bill 1.

They've found a friend in Sen. Randy Hall, R-Augusta, who voted against gun owners and the self-defense amendment to SB 1 in the Senate Judiciary Committee recently. Sen. Hall's vote for SB 1 shows his lack of concern for the potential abuse by overzealous child grabbers and prosecutors. His - and the Republican-controlled Senate's - obsession with Lt. Governor Mark Taylor's anti-family, anti-gun bill has caused a backlog of 23 Republican-sponsored bills.

After last year's elections, Georgians thought it was going to be a "new day in Georgia." Sen. Hall and his Republican colleagues have not caught on to what this new leadership is all about.

Ken Drawdy, Hephzibah, Ga.


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