According to the Athens Banner-Herald, three people in Athens have used guns to halt crimes in progress recently, prompting cops to caution that a call to 911 may be safer:
“Athenians seem to be making more use of the Second Amendment these days,” said Ron Carlson, professor emeritus at the University of Georgia School of Law.
“These and other recent cases involve very different facts, but one theme resonates as a common denominator: citizens seem more ready these days to protect themselves or others who may be in mortal danger by using a gun,” Carlson said.
From Athens police:
“I believe in the Second Amendment, but I wish people wouldn’t take the law into their own hands unless it’s a direct threat where they know their life is in danger or someone else’s is,” said Capt. Clarence Holeman, commander of the Athens-Clarke police Centralized Criminal Investigations Division.
“If time permits, the appropriate thing to do would always be to call the authorities,” he said. “We’re always out there patrolling, and if someone can contact the police we can be there in a timely manner and settle matters so that citizens are not in harm’s way.”
Georgia Tipsheet points out that Georgia’s Republican delegation in the U.S. House split over that bill passed last week that combined spending for transportation infrastructure with a compromise to keep current interest rates on student college loans:
Just 2 of Georgia’s 6 Republican Congressmen voted “yea”, with those members being Tom Price and Jack Kingston. Westmoreland, Scott, Gingrey, Graves, Woodall and Broun all veered to the right, joining 46 other Republicans in voting against the omnibus package. Meanwhile, in the Senate, both Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson cast ballots with the majority.
The vote comes in the wake of speculation that Congressman Westmoreland may potentially seek to lead the NRCC in 2013, as well as a push for Graves to chair the RSC (Republican Study Committee), not to mention mild VP speculation. Scott is President of the freshman class and, meanwhile, Price may have a looming opportunity to move to the fourth-ranking spot overall, Republican Conference chair.
Just a reminder: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will appear at a Lawrenceville bookstore Thursday to promote his new biography, “An American Son.”
The freshman U.S. senator is scheduled to appear at the Books-A-Million at Discover Mills.
Polls have shown Rubio a top pick among Republican voters when asked who they want as vice president on a presidential ticket.
The day’s news from the Gallup organization, one week after a U.S. Supreme Court decision largely overturned states’ efforts to create a “self-deportation” climate:
A majority of U.S. Hispanics identify as political independents (51%) rather than as Democrats (32%) or Republicans (11%). However, once their partisan leanings are taken into account, most Hispanics affiliate with the Democratic Party (52%) rather than the Republican Party (23%). Both sets of numbers shift more decisively in the Democrats’ favor among the roughly half of U.S. Hispanics who are registered to vote.
The following is relevant in that the fellow in question has a long history of involvement in Republican TV campaigns in Georgia. From the Los Angeles Times:
LAS VEGAS — He’s not a witch.
Nor, Fred Davis wants the world to know, is he a racist.
Humbled, humiliated, saddened and chagrined, the Republican ad maker recently sagged into a chair in a noisy Las Vegas restaurant and for more than an hour talked about May 17, a date that will forever be ringed in red as one of personal infamy.
That day the New York Times published on its front page details of a proposed Davis-run campaign against President Obama, focusing on the incendiary Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., the president’s former pastor, “in a big, attention-arresting way.”
The intent, a do-over of sorts, was to “inflame … questions” about Obama’s character and competence. A 54-page outline, leaked to the newspaper by someone apprehensive of the plan, was very much like Davis himself: jokey, irreverent and a bit out there.
Over at ATLawblog, Kathleen Baydala Joyner reports that Bill Hamrick, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is on a short list of six candidates to replace Coweta Circuit Superior Court Judge William Lee Jr., who resigned in April as he was being investigated for a conflict of interest.
The following was posted by former Atlanta city council president Cathy Woolard on her Facebook page over the weekend:
Taking an out of town friend to the ga aquarium. Distressed to see there is trash on the ground everywhere. What’s up, Aquarium folks, ya’ll can’t afford people to keep the place looking good[?] And ATL families, really you can’t put a coke bottle in a trashcan right next to you? We can do better than this.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider