As the Fulton County Democratic Party, we are deeply saddened by the tragic incident that occurred on Wednesday in Midtown Atlanta. Our hearts go out to the five victims and their families who have been impacted by this senseless act of violence. We would also like to express our gratitude to the first responders who acted quickly to aid and support their fellow citizens during this difficult time.
Unfortunately, incidents of gun violence have become all too common in our society, and Georgia is no exception. We believe that we have a responsibility to take action to address this problem. It is time for our state and national leaders to come together and pass stronger gun legislation that will help prevent tragedies like this from happening again.
We cannot ignore the role that Governor Kemp’s gun policy in Georgia has played in this tragedy. Kemp has made it easier for anyone to carry firearms in public spaces, even without a permit or training. This dangerous, misguided, and irresponsible policy directly contributes to the epidemic of gun violence that plagues our state. Governor Kemp must recognize the urgency of this crisis and to take action to protect our communities by enacting responsible gun laws that prioritize public safety over special interest groups.
More so, we urge all lawmakers to take a stand against gun violence by enacting common-sense laws that will keep guns out of the hands of those who are not legally permitted to own them. This includes strengthening background checks and closing loopholes that allow individuals to purchase guns without proper screening. We must also ensure that law enforcement agencies have the resources they need to identify and prevent acts of gun violence before they occur.
In the coming days and weeks, we will work with local leaders and community members to advocate for stronger gun legislation in Georgia. We will not rest until we have made our streets safer for all citizens. We hope that other organizations and individuals will join us in this fight to end gun violence in our state.