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Gwinnett Sheriff Encourages 'All Law Abiding' Citizens To Acquire Firearm Skills

Conway posts a statement in response to 'many' emails. Share your thoughts.

Adding to the local and national discussion on guns, Gwinnett Sheriff Butch Conway has released a statement in support of citizens' right to legally use firearms.

"I encourage all law abiding citizens to acquire and maintain the skills to safely carry a firearm in order to protect themselves and others," the statement reads.

Conway issued the statement under the heading 'The 2nd Amendment." The U.S Constitution's Second Amendment says, "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

Also, it was in response to "the many emails received," the website says. The statement comes just over a month after the December 14, 2012, shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., that killed 20 students and six adults.

-- How do you feel about Sheriff Conway's statement? How do you feel about President Obama's stance on gun control? Share your opinions in the comments below.

"Sadly, our society contains those that will harm others when given the opportunity. An armed citizen certainly presents much less opportunity to those that would do them harm," Conway's statement concluded.

Earlier this month, President Obama proposed a series of gun-control actions in response to the Connecticut school shootings.

Also, in his inaugural address this week, Obama made a statement that some people interpret as being soft on the Second Amendment. The president said:

"Being true to our founding documents does not require us to agree on every contour of life; it does not mean we will all define liberty in exactly the same way, or follow the same precise path to happiness.  Progress does not compel us to settle centuries-long debates about the role of government for all time – but it does require us to act in our time. For now decisions are upon us, and we cannot afford delay.  We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate."

Also, the Gwinnett Daily Post has reported that Gwinnett's probate court received 8,610 applications in 2012 for firearms permits, up from 4,700 in 2011.

hazybuck January 25, 2013 at 04:06 PM
Becky, assuming all gun owners 'have been properly trained to use them' is like assuming that anyone with a driver's license actually knows how to drive. While I agree with the spirit of the sherrif's comments, and am a gun owner, I believe there should be stricter requirements for purchase of firearms. I say this in the hope of increasing knowledge and leading to safer households all across America. I was raised in a household with guns, and actually used a weapon to defend my home from an intruder and potentially save my life and the lives of my family. I cannot imagine NOT owning a firearm, but I also can NOT imagine owning a firearm and being untrained / uneducated. My children have a healthy respect of firearms and know how to use them. In regard to David's comments. . . 1 Timothy 5:8 tells us "But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel."
Becky January 25, 2013 at 04:18 PM
LOL Hazy...point well taken.
David Brown January 25, 2013 at 04:47 PM
"hazybuck", it is dangerous to use 1 Timothy 5:8 to insinuate that any kirsome man who doesn't own a firearm is irresponsible. My wife of 32 years and my two adult children will let you know I've been a good provider for them, even though I've never owned a gun.
hazybuck January 25, 2013 at 08:12 PM
David, please don't misinterpret my words. In no way would I EVER say that anyone 'should' or 'should not' own a firearm (or a pen, or a phone, or a 4 door vehicle, or a stick of gum). I site Timothy 1 5:8 as a point that even the Lord intends for us to provide for our own home and hearth. I interpret that, as is my right, to mean feed, clothe, educate, and defend me and mine in a way that is not in any way against my Faith. As my grandmother taught me, the good Lord gifted all peoples with two things - His Word and a reasoning mind. It's up to us what we do with both. I don't believe we're on opposing sides, just of differing opinions. No decision should be forced on anyone in this matter.
Greg Purves January 26, 2013 at 12:46 AM
I am a private citizen and I take full responsibility for the protection of my family and those close to me. Unfortunately, there are people in this world who do not care about others and will do anything they can which will further their own selfish interests, including inflicting harm to innocents. I have taken the Responsible Firearms safety course offered by GCSO and encourage all those who will not abdicate their responsibility for their own safety to avail themselves of the training. Do I wish to use my firearm? No. Am I willing to use it to keep my family safe? Without a doubt.

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