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Guns at the Altanta Airport - House Bill 60, or the Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014

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Started: 4/26/2015 Category: Politics
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SyNeal47

Con

In Section 1-9, Code section 16-11-130.2 of the House Bill 60, or the Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014, "Guns are not restricted in such areas as an airport drive, general parking area, walkway, or shops and areas of the terminal that are outside the screening checkpoint and that are normally open to unscreened passengers or visitors to the airport" (legis.ga.gov., 2014). The House bill that was recently amended in Georgia does restrict weapons in and at the security points of the airport.
While I am definitely proud to live in a country that believe and practice the right to bear arms, it is my argument that this is not a wise provision of the bill. My concern is not just for the acts of violence that potentially can occur in the airport but I am concerned that this bill will not deter acts of violence on the airport grounds.
gracekpritchard

Pro

As the new provision in Georgia allowing guns in the terminals at airports may by unsettling to many, I believe it to be comforting. The government is giving each citizen their right to self-defense and personal protection. This falls under the right to bear arms and if anything they are providing us with the freedom we should have already had. Those who bear arms had to go through the process to license a gun. Therefore, the more trained individuals that obtain guns, the safer everyone will be.
"While residents can carry guns inside airport terminals in Georgia, they cannot take their weapons through security to the gates." (1) This is fair, because before security we are still have the right to self defense. After we transport through security towards the gates we are under the security of the airport and government legislation. Airport's are some of the most dangerous places in America and it's important that every individual has the right to protection at all times.

1.Johnson, P. (2014, April 23). Georgia adopts law allowing guns at airports, bars, most other places ( video). Retrieved April 27, 2015, from http://www.csmonitor.com...
Debate Round No. 1
SyNeal47

Con

In Section 1-9, Code section 16-11-130.2 of the House Bill 60, or the Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014, "Guns are not restricted in such areas as an airport drive, general parking area, walkway, or shops and areas of the terminal that are outside the screening checkpoint and that are normally open to unscreened passengers or visitors to the airport" (legis.ga.gov., 2014). The House bill that was recently amended in Georgia does restrict weapons in and at the security points of the airport.
While I am definitely proud to live in a country that believe and practice the right to bear arms, it is my argument that this is not a wise provision of the bill. My concern is not just for the acts of violence that potentially can occur in the airport but I am concerned that this bill will not deter acts of violence on the airport grounds.
gracekpritchard

Pro

The allowance of firearms in the terminals of airports is important to the safety and advantage of self- defense. This topic is an issue, because according to The Huffington Post, "In the first six months of this year, Transportation Security Administration screeners found 894 guns on passengers or in their carry-on bags."(1) This many guns being caught at security would happen either way, because we live in a world full of criminals. It's the right of all Americans to have a firearm on them in the terminals for personal-protection. Therefore, we can see security is doing their job at eliminating anyone breaking the law or potentially getting onto a plane with an unwarranted gun.
Atlanta, also recently put in place more officers and trained them in random inspections (2). This is another protocol in addition to the normal security that will decrease gun smuggling (2). This is regards the right of protection in conjunction with the amount of protection. It is fair to say the government is doing their job to protect Americans by increasing security and giving everyone the right to personal protection.
1) Boscamp, E. (2013, September 1). Guns In Airports On The Rise According To TSA. Retrieved April 29, 2015, from http://www.huffingtonpost.com...

2)Atlanta airport boosting security following gun-smuggling bust. (2015, January 7). Retrieved April 29, 2015, from http://www.ajc.com...
Debate Round No. 2
SyNeal47

Con

What can be done?
There a few options that should be looked at to airport safety in regards to firearms at the airport. One option is for lawmakers to enforce this Bill as it relates to their own workplace. No weapon is allowed in the capitol building, therefore, no weapon should be allowed at the airport.
According to Flagpole.com,
"When he signed House Bill 60 into law, Deal remarked, "The Second Amendment should never be an afterthought. It should be at the forefront of our minds." That"s an interesting comment, considering that the governor and the legislators who passed the gun law work in a capitol building where visitors are absolutely prohibited from exercising their Second Amendment rights. There are metal detectors at every entrance, and the capitol building is constantly patrolled by state troopers and police" (Crawford, 2014).
Another option is to allow the airport to decide if it wants certain areas restricted other than those high secured areas. The airport should have a choice just like churches and other public establishments. These places are given the decision to legally stop someone from bringing a gun on their property. "Bars, churches, government buildings, and schools are now the only Georgia establishments that can legally stop someone with a Georgia Weapons Carry Permit from bringing a gun into their facilities. But, the decision is optional" (Marie, 2014).
Unfortunately, gun violence has occurred in publics places, which is very unsettling for everyone. The Second Amendment gives the citizens of the United States the right to protect our families, and property. It is definitely a good thing to carry, own and use a firearm if needed. The airport is a place that is stressful; it may not be the best place for people with guns.

References
Crawford, T. (30 April 2014). The unintended consequences of georgia's 'guns everywhere' law. Retrieved from http://flagpole.com...
Marie, B. (2 July 2014). Churches can still ban weapons after Georgia's open carry gun law goes into effect this week. Retrieved from http://www.christiantoday.com...
gracekpritchard

Pro

There are many alternatives to regulate gun control in the airport instead of just banning it completely. In general, everyone needs to feel safe, especially those who are against having guns in the airports. The first solution could be that those who are carrying a firearm in the terminals wear a sticker or badge acknowledging they have a concealed weapon. This will notify security and other citizens that they are armed with a licensed gun. The whole point of the bill is to give rightful allowance to "those law-abiding Georgians who are rule followers and have went through our process of obtaining a license."(2) I believe more people would feel better about the idea if there was a way to distinguish exactly who was armed and who wasn't. Those who are going to abuse the bill were most likely going to do it anyways.
The more people that embrace this freedom to self-defense and the right to bear arms will ultimately result in justification for good people. This bill could be the solution to criminal violence and potentially decrease the amount of crimes in airports. "It re-establishes a lot of our freedoms that we should already have," Jerry Henry, executive director of Georgia Carry, told msnbc. "We just want to be able to protect ourselves no matter where we go."(1) Criminals may be less likely to attack in a place where they know many people will be armed with licensed weapons. It's important that every individual feels they are safe at all times and obtaining a firearm in Georgia can achieve that.
1)Richinick, M. (2014, March 14). Georgia bill could allow guns in bars, churches and airports. Retrieved April 30, 2015, from http://www.msnbc.com...
2)Gun bill claim under fire. (n.d.). Retrieved April 30, 2015, from http://www.politifact.com...
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