Political Notes — In show of support for mass shootings, Williams will give away a bump stock

[private]State Sen. Michael Williams (R-Cumming), in a show of support for mass shooters, is giving away a “bump stock” device that enables a semi-automatic rifke to be effectively converted to an automatic weapon.

Williams announced the giveaway in a late-Monday email to supporters of his campaign for governor.

“An attack on bump stocks is an attack on the Second Amendment,” Williams’ email said. “In solidarity with gun owners across the nation, Michael Williams is giving away a free bump stock to one lucky winner.”

He added that “any talk of banning or regulating bump stocks is merely cheap political lip service from career politicians. In reality, the bump stock is the new, shiny object politicians are using to deceive voters into believing they are taking action against gun violence. Many firearms experts determined the Las Vegas shooter’s use of a bump stock actually prevented more casualties and injures due to its inconsistency, inaccuracy, and lack of control. There is zero evidence that banning bump stocks would prevent any gun violence deaths.”

Bump stocks fit around the grip and stock of a semi-automatic firearm and allow the recoil from the weapon to continuously pull the trigger, enabling it to become fully automatic. Police found 12 bump stocks in the Mandalay Bay hotel room of shooter Stephen Paddock after the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas mass shooting.

Some states have attempted to ban the sale of bump stock devices.

“You cannot regulate evil out of existence,” Williams said. “Blaming guns or bump stocks for the actions of a lunatic, is the same as blaming McDonald’s for heart disease. I will stand up for the Second Amendment against liberals and weak Republicans who wish to limit our freedoms.”

DOT opens Thomaston center

The state Department of Transportation officials has opened a new District Three Operations Center in Thomaston that will coordinate customer service, low-level signal diagnostics, and responses to transportation-related incidents in District Three, which covers 31 counties in West Central Georgia.

“The new operations center will allow GDOT to be more responsive to the issues and concerns of citizens in District Three — allowing us to fully commit to excellent customer service, which is the mark of any great agency,” said Deputy Commissioner Mike Dover.

Confederate Monuments Advisory Committee appointed

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has appointed an advisory committee to review street names and city-owned monuments with names connected to the Confederacy. Committee members will evaluate street names and markers to recommend how each landmark should be handled.

“The tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia brought renewed attention to Confederate markers and street names around the country, with many elected officials, clergy and members of the public calling for their removal,” Reed said.

“To ensure that we approach this in a thoughtful manner, and that we include community input in the process, my Administration and the Atlanta City Council worked to assemble a group of advisors to consider each marker,” he added.

The committee members:

  • Sheffield Hale, President and CEO, Atlanta History Center
  • Derreck Kayongo, CEO, Center for Civil and Human Rights
  • Dan Moore, Founder, APEX Museum
  • Martha Porter Hall, community advocate
  • Shelley Rose, Senior Associate Director, Southeast Region, Anti-Defamation League
  • Larry Gallerstedt, CEO, Cousins Properties; Trustee, Robert Woodruff Foundation
    Douglas Blackmon, Senior Fellow and Director of Public Programs, University of Virginia’s Miller Center; Pulitzer Prize-winning author
  • Nina Gentry, Owner, Gentry Planning Services
  • Regina Brewer, preservation consultant
  • Brenda Muhammad, Executive Director, Atlanta Victim Assistance
  • Sonji Jacobs Dade, Senior Director of Corporate Affairs, Cox Enterprises

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