Tuesday, August 21, 2007

The benefits of telling the NRA to stick it

Something I almost forgot to mention from the Georgia Chamber of Commerce's congressional luncheon in Perry today.

Remember during this year's General Assembly session when Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and the Georgia Senate refused to go along with the so-called parking lot gun bill, despite heavy lobbying pressure from the NRA during a late-night session?

This was right after the Virginia Tech shooting, and it was a tense situation. Senators were using the word "threat" a lot and it was the only time during the session I saw the Senate floor pretty much empty in the middle of debate for a caucus meeting.

Anyway, the chamber was against the bill, and Georgia Chamber Chairman David Allen mentioned the issue Tuesday when he introduced Cagle, thanking him profusely.

"And we shall never forget that courage," Allen said. "Never forget that courgage."

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