GCO has filed motions to intervene in, and to dismiss, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition’s lawsuit aimed at repealing what it calls Georgia’s “stand your ground” law. GCO seeks to represent the interests of its members, who are not adequately represented by the existing parties in the case. This is a new attack on the law and is separate from the case GCO won last year again Rev. Markel Hutchins. The documents for the Rainbow Coalition’s lawsuit may be viewed here.
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We are pleased to announce that our featured speaker for GeorgiaCarry.Org’s 5th Annual Convention has been secured and will be an exciting addition to our convention activities. Herman Cain has agreed to be our speaker and is looking forward to addressing our members.
If there are any members who are unaware of Herman Cain, here is his inspiring story.
A STRONG FOUNDATION
HERMAN’S YOUTH AND THE AMERICAN DREAM
Herman Cain grew up in Atlanta, Georgia with loving parents and little else. His father worked three jobs—as a janitor, a barber and a chauffeur—and his mother was a domestic worker. Even though these jobs required hard work and little glamour, his parents knew this life was better than the dirt farms upon which they grew up. They also knew that this hard work was the key to achieving their American Dreams.
Herman’s parents had two dreams. First, they wanted to own their own house. Secondly, they wanted both of their children to graduate from college. During the segregation era in the Deep South, these aspirations might have seemed lofty, but they knew that if they kept their faith in God, faith in themselves and faith in the greatest country on the Earth, they could achieve.
The first dream was realized in a modest brick house on Albert Street in Atlanta, Georgia. After years of saving from his many jobs, Herman’s father surprised the whole family, even his wife, by purchasing a home for their family. The second dream was realized when Herman graduated from Morehouse College with a degree in mathematics in 1967. His brother, Thurman, would go on to graduate from Morris Brown College.
Inspired by the work ethic and character of his parents, Herman continued his education by earning his Master’s degree in computer science from Purdue University while working full-time developing fire control systems for ships and fighter planes for the Department of the Navy. Though Herman enjoyed using his talents as a civilian employee for the Navy, he gravitated towards the culture of business.
BUSINESS MAN, ADVOCATE, PATRIOT
HERMAN’S CORPORATE SUCCESSES
Herman returned to his home of Atlanta to begin working as a computer systems analyst for the Coca-Cola Company. After considerable success at Coca-Cola, he moved to the Pillsbury Company. Within a short period of time, Herman rose to position of Vice President. Although the comforts of a corner office on the 31st floor of a majestic corporate building seemed satisfying, Herman knew that he needed a challenge.
He became the regional vice president of Pillsbury’s Burger King division. This meant starting from the “ground up,” dodging grease fires and broiling hamburgers. Herman was assigned to lead a low performing region of 450 of their restaurants. Within three years, it became the best performing region in the company.
Energized by overcoming the many obstacles of his job at Burger King, Herman took on the biggest challenge of his career. He accepted the call to become the President and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, a company that was teetering on the edge of bankruptcy. In just 14 months, Herman returned Godfather’s to profitability and he led his management team to a buyout of the company.
His professional successes garnered the respect and admiration of industry peers who named him the President of the National Restaurant Association. Under Herman’s administration, the group grew significantly and began to lobby for the interests of America’s restaurateurs and small business owners.
In 1994, as head of the National Restaurant Association, he had the opportunity to speak with President Clinton during a nationally televised town hall meeting. Here, Herman challenged the President regarding the impact on businesses if his health care overhaul proposal were passed. President Clinton attempted to assure him and the millions of viewers watching at home that his legislation would not harm American business owners and their employees.
Herman was skeptical. “Quite honestly Mr. President, your calculations are incorrect,” he said. “In the competitive marketplace, it simply doesn’t work that way.” His words echoed across America, and Newsweek named Herman Cain the primary saboteur of Hillarycare.
Through these and other appearances on behalf of the National Restaurant Association, Herman began working with business leaders across all sectors of the American economy. This led to his acceptance of a position on the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, and he was subsequently elected their chairman. In this role, he analyzed economic conditions in the region and notified the Federal Reserve of how their policies should respond.
After coming in an impressive 2nd in his 2004 bid for the United States Senate in Georgia, Herman soon became the host of his own radio talk show, “The Herman Cain Show,” on Atlanta’s WSB 750 AM/ 95.5 FM.
Today, as a former Republican candidate for the Presidency and seasoned business leader, he is still a very active and outspoken voice for conservative issues and keynote speaker at conferences and events around the nation. On January 21, 2013, Mr. Cain began the next phase of his life’s journey with the start of The NEW nationally syndicated Herman Cain Show, heard on most stations from 9 – noon daily. This new direction, along with the debut of the newly formed CainTV.com has prompted Herman to establish the “Cain Media Division” of THE New Voice, Inc. Most recently, Mr. Cain joined the Fox News team as a regular contributor in his continued effort “to be one more voice of intelligent thinking in America”.
Despite the many professional commitments of his life, Herman continues to enjoy most the time spent with family and friends. As his children got married and had their own children, he knew that he had an extraordinary obligation to do what he could to make this a safe and prosperous nation for them. The paramount joys in his life are his wife, Gloria, his children and his four grandchildren, the youngest of which was born on New Year’s Day 2012.
We look forward to hearing Herman Cain address our convention and seeing old friends and meeting new ones at our 5th Annual Convention.
Room reservations at the Waverly are now available via the GeorgiaCarry.Org website. You may click on the “Events and Announcements” tab at the bottom of any page, then the “click here” to go to room reservations or by clicking here. The code for the GCO discount will be inserted automatically on the page. If you are not planning on a two-day stay, you will need to change the arrival date on the page. The discounted room price is $109 per night.
Friday Only – $60
Saturday Only – $105
All-inclusive Both days - $150
Non-members will be allowed to fill out a membership application when they arrive at the convention and will become a GCO member for free if they so decide.
No refunds will be given if the total amount has not been paid by MIDNIGHT, August 4th. Payments are to be made on line through the store.
Friday, August 9 & Saturday, August 10
Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel
2450 Galleria Parkway
Atlanta, Georgia 30339
We look forward to seeing everyone there and meeting new friends as we usually do at the convention. Please mark the date and make plans to attend if possible.
GCO has filed a lawsuit against Glynn County officers for arresting a GCO member for obstruction for refusing to provide his drivers license while he was openly carrying in the Glynn County Mall in 2008. The State Court of Glynn County dismissed the case in 2012 on the grounds that it is not a crime in Georgia to refuse to provide ID to a law enforcement officer on demand. The complaint may be viewed here.
The City of Nelson has filed a response to GCO’s motion to intervene in the Brady Campaign’s lawsuit against Nelson. Nelson supports GCO’s intervention in the case, in which the Brady Campaign seeks to invalidate Nelson’s ordinance requiring heads of households to maintain weapons. The documents may be viewed here.
GCO has sued two City of Columbus police officers who arrested a member at McDonald’s in Columbus. The member was openly carrying while eating with his wife and children. The officers detained the member and asked for the member’s license. When the member declined to have his meal interrupted, the officers arrested the member for obstruction, trespassing, and disorderly conduct. All charges were dismissed without a trial. The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia may be viewed here.
GCO has filed a motion to intervene in the Brady Campaign’s lawsuit against the City of Nelson that challenges Nelson’s ordinance requiring heads of households to maintain firearms. In support of its motion, GCO has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit. The documents may be viewed here.
GCO and McIntosh Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Kabler have each filed motions for summary judgment in GCO’s lawsuit against Kabler. The case arose out of Kabler’s traffic stop of a GCO member whom Kabler had seen at a convenience store wearing a handgun. Kabler stopped the member for the sole purpose of checking to see if the member had a GWL. The member, a Florida resident, had a Florida license, which Georgia recognizes. Documents in the case may be viewed here.
GCO has filed a lawsuit against the City of Carrollton, challenging city ordinances that ban carrying guns on the Greenbelt Trail and at parades. The complaint may be viewed here.
Please contact the members of the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee today and Monday to voice your support. Use telephone, email, and facsimile. They need your encouragement.
Chairman – Powell, AlanVice Chairman – Taylor, Darlene K.Secretary – Atwood, AlexMembers
Please also attend a hearing on this bill on Monday, March 4, at 3:00 pm in Room 415 CLOB – (Coverdell Legislative Office Building – 18 Capitol Square SW, Atlanta, GA, 30334)
CLOB is across the street from the Capitol on the SouthWest side of the Capitol Building. Mitchel Street SW changes to Capitol Square SW when it crosses Washington Street SW.
Thanks in advance for your efforts getting this bill moved forward.
Your encouragement is desperately needed. While GCO does not usually comment on the efforts of other groups, an organization calling itself “Georgia Gun Owners” is spreading lies and misinformation about HB 512 in its postings on Facebook and in mass emails that it sends both to members and thousands of people who are not its members but somehow wound up on its mailing list. These postings and emails have resulted in a flood of predictably negative attacks from people who read the email, but did not read the bill.
“Georgia Gun Owners” claims that the bill was introduced “in the dead of night,” that it is “secret,” that it would lead to mental health screenings for all gun owners, that it imposes new fees on firearms license applications, that it requires you to “give up your medical privacy,” and that “poison pills” are waiting in the wings, such as “mandatory training.”
Apparently, “Georgia Gun Owners” derived all of this without reading a bill, since they claim it is “secret.”
Georgia Gun Owners is asking people to oppose the entire bill based on its misunderstanding of a provision relating to checks for involuntary hospitalizations. The truth is that current law includes voluntary hospitalizations as well as involuntary, and HB 512 is narrowing the scope of that provision down to involuntary hospitalizations only.
Here are the facts, straight from John Monroe, Vice President of GeorgiaCarry.Org.
The fee of $3 is in current law and is not changed by HB 512.
Want more information about HB 512? See Ed Stone’s Atlanta Gun Rights Examiner article on the bill. Click on the link here.
(1) Contact the members of the committee above today and Monday to encourage them. Use telephone, email, and fax.
(2) Please attend Monday’s hearing, if possible. 3:00 in room 415 CLOB.
Whether you can or cannot attend, please contact each member of the committee listed above to express your support for HB 512.