Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Brunswick News. July 5, 2022.

Editorial: Expecting officials to do the right thing is not idealistic

“Let’s see what we can get away with.”

A bold, contemptuous statement, for sure. A short series of words guaranteed to quickly raise the ire of anyone on the receiving end.

What really sets tempers aflame is when those entrusted with government adopt it as a way to turn a personal conviction or cause into a policy or law. Although they know what they are about to do is on rickety legal ground, they go ahead with it anyway.

Americans see this time and again in the White House, in Congress and in the actions of federal agencies. It does not matter which political party is in control. Both Democratic and Republican administrations are willing to risk a flawed policy being overturned by the courts. After all, it is not their money that will be spent defending a knowingly defective action.

It does cost the taxpayers, however. And when the government is involved, it costs them dearly.

The latest example of this is the recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn climate change policies enforced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In short, the Supreme Court ruled laws must be made by Congress, not presidents, their administration or the agencies under their control.

Surely the administration of President Biden was aware of this from the get-go. If not, then something is wrong. It is when considering some of the nation’s top legal minds are either directly working for the White House or only a phone call away.

Sadly, it is just another ugly example of the leadership of the nation closing their eyes and just throwing something out there. It’s perfectly legal. It is as long as no one challenges it.

Of course, a nation divided by two political parties should expect such sly actions. Getting anything through Congress the least bit controversial requires a miracle these days.

Some may consider being above board idealistic, but what would that be saying about public officeholders and servants? That lying, duping the voters, is the norm? Something that is expected, like telling the truth, should never be thought of as idealistic.

This country needs men and women in government who put their country before their own personal opinions, wishes and politics. It needs people who will work for the good of all instead of focusing on what they can get away with.

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Valdosta Daily Times. July 2, 2022.

Editorial: Sensible gun reforms make sense

Most Americans support sensible gun reform, and so do we.

It is possible to protect Second Amendment rights and still make it more difficult for violent people to commit mass shootings.

The federal bipartisan bill approved by Congress includes some enhanced background checks for anyone younger than 21 wanting to buy a gun, shores up the so-called “boyfriend” loophole restricting guns from unmarried people guilty of domestic violence and provides money for mental health and school safety.

These measures are sensible.

What lawmakers have not done is address easy access to rapid fire weapons with high magazine capacity.

To be clear, there have been no serious efforts by even the most progressive lawmakers to restrict anyone’s right to have a weapon in the home to protect families or take away anyone’s hunting rifles and shotguns.

Any hysteria about the authorities entering homes of law-abiding gun owners and taking away all of their firearms is just that — hysteria.

While we may think Congress has not gone far enough, they have done something and that says a lot.

It seems rather clear that in both the House and Senate lawmakers heard their constituents and know Americans — Republicans and Democrats — want to keep children in schools safe.

The bipartisan bill includes steps in the right direction.

Georgia lawmakers, however, have been moving in the opposite direction and should reconsider the so-called “constitutional carry” law passed this year.

The law, passed by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Brian Kemp, removed the few guardrails that remained in Georgia gun laws.

Granted, state lawmakers acted prior to the horrific mass shooting at a school in Uvalde, Texas.

That shooting, in many ways, changed the national conversation and prompted federal lawmakers to do something they had not done in more than a quarter of a century — pass some gun ownership reforms.

Instead of listening to the NRA and the gun lobby, Georgia lawmakers should listen to mothers and fathers worried about the safety of their children in schools and revisit a measure that effectively made it possible for anyone to carry almost any kind of gun anywhere in Georgia.

It just doesn’t make sense in today’s world.

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