The real reason why there is so much violent crime being committed by Black Lives Matter (BLM) and Antifa terrorists following the death of George Floyd has nothing to do with the mainstream media stirring leftists up into a hysterical frenzy but is rather the consequence of some parts of America still having Second Amendment open-carry provisions.
This is the position of Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms, who during a recent appearance on MSNBC blamed Georgia’s open carry laws for the waves of violence that have been washing over America’s urban cores for more than a month now.
“What’s happening in Atlanta is what’s happening across the country,” she declared during the segment. “People are dying of COVID-19. We have witnessed the injustices that have happened in front of our eyes and it’s boiling over into our streets.”
Blaming lack of access to health care and high unemployment for people’s anger, Bottoms trailed off into a tirade about how law-abiding citizens carrying visible weapons on their persons is somehow the same as violent criminals storming businesses and destroying entire city streets.
“The irony of it is that our overall crime rate is down by 18 percent, but in Georgia, an open carry state, people are allowed to walk down the streets with assault weapons, and we don’t have probable cause to stop them,” Bottoms lamented about her state’s Second Amendment provisions.
“You don’t get to pick and choose which demographic you get to stop and question as to why they’re walking in our streets with open weapons. It is an issue in Atlanta. It’s an issue in other cities across this nation, and it is one that we take very seriously.”
What Bottoms failed to mention is that Georgia has had open carry laws in place for many years, and never experienced a surge in crime until the mainstream media started blasting the news about George Floyd all over the airways, blaming racist cops for what happened.
As pointed out by William Davis from the Daily Caller, Atlanta is one of many major cities that has seen a dramatic surge in new crime ever since the names George Floyd and Breonna Taylor started being plastered across every news story.
“From May 31 to June 27, 93 people were shot in Atlanta,” Davis writes. “According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, this represented over a two-fold increase from 2019. In that same period last year, 46 people were shot.”
In other words, Georgia’s open carry laws were never an issue until the Left caught wind of multiple alleged cases of police abuse against blacks. Only then did the crime sprees suddenly surge to unprecedented levels, implicating not the Second Amendment but mainstream media hate-mongering and race agitation.
“We’ve had open-carry for at least a decade and the shootings in Atlanta only started after she decided to fire all the police for doing their jobs,” tweeted conservative commentator Erick Erickson in response to Bottoms’ statements blaming open carry laws for BLM and Antifa terrorism.
Perhaps Bottoms needs to reflect on the consequences of her new anti-police policies, which have directly contributed to making Atlanta a warzone full of lawlessness and chaos.
“She probably wouldn’t like it here in Idaho then,’ one Big League Politics commenter responded to Bottoms’ statements.
“When compared to Blue States we have a pretty low crime rate. Course we are an Open carry Red State too, Several members of my Church even come armed. No one has a problem with it at all.”
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