Competition for Georgia’s top political positions is starting to reveal just how out of touch GOP candidates really are about gun control. While a new poll shows that Georgians of all political stripes are increasingly in favor of tightening gun laws and regulations, a gubernatorial candidate can be seen pointing his gun at a minor in a vile TV ad and one candidate for lieutenant governor has challenged another to a shootout.
Incompetent failure Brian Kemp, current Secretary of State and GOP gubernatorial candidate, lost the NRA’s endorsement for governor to Casey Cagle. He’s dealing with that blow by showing the world just how much he loves guns: by sitting in a room surrounded by guns, pointing a shotgun at a minor.
As if irresponsible gun use isn’t enough, his recent ad for governor (shown below) also touts the vile sexism we’ve come to expect from the Georgia GOP as Kemp asserts property rights over his daughter’s sexuality.
“Oh, but it’s just a joke!” Well, Georgia voters don’t see what’s supposed to be funny about old men threatening to shoot teenagers or men who make deals behind closed doors about what happens to a woman’s body.
While Kemp was busy making that atrocious video, candidate for lieutenant governor Rick Jeffries, also mad about losing the NRA endorsement, challenged the candidate who got it, David Shafer, to a shootout.This is Georgia conservative politics in the year 2018. Jeffries proposed that the loser of the clay shoot would drop out of the race, but the shootout didn’t end up happening.
Although Georgia’s GOP candidates are determined to keep guns in the center of the debate in the most outlandish ways possible, it seems that voters are ready for something different.
According to a recent survey done by UGA for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News, 45% of respondents said gun laws should be made more strict, and this is after 72% said they have a favorable view of the Republican party.
Let’s hope that in the process of pandering to the most extreme parts of their gun-loving bases with crazy ads and shootout challenges that GOP candidates push away the more reasonable members of their party. Because following recent mass shootings, the majority of Georgians are now in support of reasonable gun control measures that will save lives.