As constitutional confrontations go, two now taking place in Georgia are not likely to stand alongside Brown v. Board of Education or Miranda v. Arizona in the “landmark” category, except maybe as landmarks of pure silliness.
But they’re good for a little politickin’ — and maybe a few chuckles, at least for Georgians of wry and rational perspective who don’t take themselves or their politicians too seriously.
First things first. The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which is to some gun control advocates what the National Rifle Association is to some gun owners and all of the gun lobby, has sued the town of Nelson over its mandatory gun ownership law.
Its ordnance ordinance, you might say.
In Nelson, every head of household is required to have a gun and ammo. People with relevant disabilities, or those who oppose gun ownership, are exempted. City leaders say the law is mostly symbolic — read: purely political — with no enforcement and no penalties, which prompts the obvious question of why it’s there at all. The only thing more obvious than the question is the answer. (See above.)
The suit contends the law is unconstitutional, which of course it is. It should be laughed out of any court this side of Judge Roy Bean. Even its “exemptions” make no sense: You don’t have to oppose gun ownership to see this law as spectacularly stupid.
Let’s move on, for the moment, to Georgia’s other constitutional “crisis”: the pressing issue of The Good Book in state park lodgings.