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At its recent meeting, the Hinesville City Council discussed installing metal detectors at city hall in light of the newly expanded gun bill. Do you think that’s a good idea?


wayne44: May 5, 2014 8:37 a.m.

Wouldn't common sense dictate signs at each entrance stating: "No Guns Allowed In Building". Much cheaper than metal detectors and would save taxpayers a few bucks. This solution is predicated on there being any common sense in the city's administration.

jayjohnson1977: May 5, 2014 10:26 a.m.

Mayor Thomas and Councilman Frasier need to stop pandering to their Bloomberg buddies up in New York. Pay off that brand new building instead of wasting our money on metal detectors and "hall monitors".

terrydoyle terrydoyle: May 7, 2014 9:27 a.m.

I have held a Concealed Carry Permit for 10 years. I do not support the new laws. There is no need to carry a weapon in schools, churches, government buildings, airports and certainly NOT into bars and many other places not listed. Mixing weapons and alcohol is just as deadly as alcohol and vehicles, if not more so. Like most responsible permit holders I have no desire to exercise these expanded rights after the law comes into effect. I don't believe installing metal detectors is a cost effective deterrent. There are numerous "Non-Metal" lethal weapons that would go undetected. We have done without them for decads and anyone could have brought a concealed weapon into these facilities without anyone being aware, and in all probability did so. The optimum word here is "Concealed". Nothing has changed except responsible licensed permit holders who have passed Federal criminal and mental background checks may carry weapons into the above facilities. The individuals who are most likely to violate the laws are those who are unable to pass the criminal and mental background checks and are therefore ineligible to get a license. Think about it, all these decades you never installed Metal Detectors to limit criminal access and now you are concerned about good upstanding licensed and responsible citizens. Who are you installing them to protect against?

bootstrap01 bootstrap01: May 7, 2014 10:13 a.m.

It's my humble opinion that the security officers already have electronic batons capable of alerting the entire community if a BB is detected upon one's body! Spending more money, for something already working, is a "no-go"! Our governor signed a bill giving licensed, law-abiding, citizens the right of equal protection against the "unlicensed" felonious predators which already take their illegal guns into the very same agencies, and establishments. It's my opinion that once these model citizens are released from jail, and or prison, the first thing they do is obtain a gun, while we, law-abiding, taxpaying citizens jump through hoops, for a background check, pay our money, and get finger-printed. Our "convicted felon associates" avoid all this inconvenience. I think their probation officers enable this activity because these predator citizens do not get their cars, and or homes inspected or searched for such weaponry and any kind of basis. I think, this situation has raised no eyebrows, what-so-ever, within the Hinesville's unrepresentative socialist regime, that does not attempt to represent, or listen to the working, taxpaying citizens. Why? "Maybe" because these aforementioned "convicted felons" could be their relatives? I don't know. Who knows? I can't figure it out. Oh, I'm wrong you say? Have you ever attended any of the so-called open meetings? Minds are already madeup regarding the issue (s) you are attending for, and they do not want to hear what you have to say. "I think" our mayor, county commission, city council, schoolboard, as well as hospital authority view the citizens only as dumb urchins, and souce of revenue for it's roaring, all-devouring, all-consuming, limitless, tax-and-spend, unquenchable addiction for our money. In my opinion, this local government needs some serious rehab. Ask yourself this question. What was your property tax for the year 1986? Know, what is it today?

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