FedEx Shooting Puts New Gun-Control Measures To The Test?

Patch readers are debating Georgia's new gun law, signed last week by Gov. Nathan Deal, and its possible effect in the light of Tuesday's shooting at a Cobb County FedEx facility.

Shooting at Georgia FedEx facility. (Photo WAFF via Twitter.)
Shooting at Georgia FedEx facility. (Photo WAFF via Twitter.)

What connection – if any – does Georgia’s new gun laws have to the FedEx warehouse shooting Tuesday morning in Kennesaw?

The shooting of six workers by an employee who then killed himself took place a week after new gun legislation was signed into law by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal allowing licensed owners to carry guns in more public locations than ever before. The legislation takes effect July 1.

Patch readers are debating the issue, with some saying that an armed worker in the designated gun-free facility might have stopped the incident, and others decrying the increase of gun ownership and the lack of mental health resources.

Reader Jim Eastwood commented: “Maybe if some one(Authorized or Not) Had been "PACKING" this guy might have been stopped earlier.”

Other readers mocked the push for more gun ownership.

Reader Joe R wrote in comments: “How could this have happened in a red GOP state with gun worship everywhere. Guns, guns, guns, we need more guns at all times everywhere … court rooms, nursery schools, guns, guns, guns, we need more and more and more guns. Why do we need more guns if guns are just inanimate objects and guns don't kill people?“

And reader Rose Rowland said: “No-one could see that this would be an inevitable result of the insane gun law that Deal just approved. Of course not. Just a coincidence. And the fact that my kind, gentle Ga Lawyer brother is considering getting a Taser to defend himself in case an angry ex-husband brings a gun into his office isn't either. Enjoy your spot in hell, Deal.”

Deal signed the “Safe Carry Protection Act,” dubbed the “Guns Everywhere Bill” by critics, into law on April 23. The law allows licensed owners to carry firearms into more public places than anytime since the 1800s, including government buildings, restaurants, bars, and many public places, reports the Memphis Business Journal.

Churches and bars may decide whether to allow licensed gun owners to carry weapons in their facilities, under the new law. School districts may appoint staff carrying firearms, the Journal reports, and gun owners stopped by airport security face no criminal penalty.

The gunman – identified as Geddy Kramer, 19, is reportedly a 2013 graduate of North Cobb High School in Acworth. Authorities say he opened fire early Tuesday at a FedEx shipping facility outside the Cobb County Airport, injuring at least six people before apparently turning the gun and killing himself.

Police said Kramer carried a shotgun along with bullets strapped across his chest "like Rambo."

Gun control advocates such as Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Americans for Responsible Solutions have attacked the Georgia bill, as have Georgia law enforcement associations.

Proponents of the law say that it will make people safer.

Since the December 2012 massacre of students and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT, eight states have loosened gun regulations while 10 states have strengthened them, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 

TheSkalawag May 18, 2014 at 12:22 PM
"Spin it however YOU like. More guns in the hands of law abiding citizens DOES equal less crime." ----- That's your opinion and you're welcome to it. ----- As to hard time for armed crime I have no problem with that. As a matter of fact I'm all for it. It gets people with guns who shouldn't have them off the streets and we all are a little bit safer. But for ME more guns just doesn't equate to less crime or a safer environment .
Tim May 18, 2014 at 08:45 PM
I see.............
John Tips May 28, 2014 at 09:46 AM
FYI - According to the FBI, there are more people KILLED by Hammers every year then they are by Rifles! Please look it up!
TheSkalawag May 28, 2014 at 10:02 AM
This is important because?
yangstyle May 28, 2014 at 11:38 AM
This is one of my favorites to debunk. It always lets me know who watches Fox News and/or listens to conservative radio. For the record, the FBI's statistics on homicides in 2011 are as follows: Firearms: 67.8% Knives or other cutting instruments: 13.4% Personal weapons (hands, fists, feet, etc.): 5.7% Blunt objects (clubs, hammers, etc.): 3.9% Other dangerous weapons: 9.2% Read more at http://www.snopes.com/politics/guns/baseballbats.asp#GS0imPj6QsZSPS2T.99 And here is the link to the FBI data: http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2011/crime-in-the-u.s.-2011/tables/expanded-homicide-data-table-8 Liberals will question anything, even if it is for their ideology. Conservatives will believe anything, as long as it is for their ideology.


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