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Mayor Bottoms Blames Open Carry for Shootings Surge in Atlanta: People Are Allowed to Walk Down the Streets with Assault Weapons

Governor Kemp ‘has military tanks in front of state buildings’


BOTTOMS: "What’s happening in Atlanta is what’s happening across the country. There is a combination of things. There are these systematic — these systemic issues, including lack of access to health care, including people being unemployed, people are dying of Covid-19. We witness the injustices that have happened in front of our eyes, and it’s boiling over into our streets. It’s happening in Atlanta. It’s happening across the country. The irony of it is that our overall crime rate is down by 18%. 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. You don’t get to pick and choose which demographic you get to stop and question as to why they are 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. But this notion that somehow the governor is helping us with law and order is false. He has military tanks in front of state buildings. This is a playbook — this is a play out of the Nixon playbook.”

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