LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

posted : May 05, 2016

Running around with a gun strapped on the hip while intoxicated.

Citizens need to have some assurance that there will be repercussions for running around with a gun strapped on the hip while intoxicated…even if that person is a State Representative…

From: Joe Newton

 

 State Representative Tom Taylor. Citizens need to have some assurance that there will be repercussions for running around with a gun strapped on the hip while intoxicated…even if that person is a State Representative.

While I certainly do not advocate gun control, I do believe that any person arrested for

 

driving drunk while wearing a side arm should have their “carry permit” revoked even if that

 

person is State Representative Tom Taylor. That is why I have filed with the Dekalb County

 

Probate Court to have his “carry permit” revoked. Georgia law is clear:

 

“Most DUIs are considered a misdemeanor; however, there are several extenuating

 

circumstances that can increase the charge to a felony offense. These include causing property

 

damage, bodily injury, or wrongful death, fleeing the scene of an accident, or evading the police,

 

to name a few. You could also face additional felony charges for transporting a minor while 

 

under the influence or excessive speeding while impaired.” (Code 40-6-391)

 

Citizens need to have some assurance that there will be repercussions for running around

 

with a gun strapped on the hip while intoxicated…even if that person is a State Representative…

 

no one is exempt!

 

Many of us have watched friends and family members struggle with alcohol and know

 

full well this is a serious disease that takes considerable time just to get them in shape to start

 

healing. It is not something that can be handled with a good talking to and a few weeks of not

 

drinking.

 

We do not need a man in our State House who is so irresponsible as to have 4 teens in his

 

car while speeding drunk. There is a big question hanging in the air…”Why was Representative

 

Taylor not charged with Felony Child Endangerment” which is clearly defined in the Georgia

 

Laws! (See Code above.)  The issue here clearly is public safety.  All other considerations are secondary.  

 

JOE NEWTON

 

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