By Mark Beardsley
My Georgia Weapons Carry License expired last week. Until I get a new one, I can no longer carry a pistol to city council and chamber of commerce meetings, which is a shame.
I went to the Probate Judge’s office, where staff efficiently took my application for a renewal and $35 in cash; as of this writing, I anxiously await its arrival as I feel vulnerable without the ability to engage a terrorist or someone intent on pulling off a mass shooting with my five-shot .22 magnum should the need arise.
The evidence is overwhelming. Gun deaths are soaring. Never has the need been so great to protect ourselves by carrying a handgun for self-defense.
We must arm ourselves against potential murderers, rapists, robbers, terrorists and drug dealers, all of whom carry guns, but also to protect ourselves from the quick-to-anger, the paranoid, the careless and their children. As a matter of fact, the greatest need for self-defense is often in the home, as most firearm deaths occur from family or friends, and a bullet fired by a 4-year-old is no less deadly than one shot during a home invasion. The good news is you don’t need a carry permit to carry a handgun, concealed or otherwise, in your home.
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