Atlanta, GA – Today it was announced that Music Midtown was canceled due to being forced by Georgia law to allow participants to carry firearms at the event. Ryan Graham, the Libertarian candidate for Lt Governor, thinks there is a more nuanced approach to this problem that Republicans and Democrats ignore.
“Organizations have every right to set rules in order to participate in their private events. That doesn’t change just because the land is public,” Graham said. “We can support an individual’s right to keep and bear arms and balance that with others’ freedom of association. Markets can sort this out. If you don’t want to go to a gun-free event, don’t. If you don’t want to go to an event that allows guns, don’t. It’s really that simple.”
Republicans will laud the law that forces association on private organizations. Democrats are already dishonestly making this about Constitutional Carry, a law that has nothing to do with this situation. Meanwhile, Graham supports a change in law giving the decision-making ability back to organizers to set requirements for participation in their events, a real solution.
If we really want to Strike the Root of the problem we need to have a conversation about public land in general. If this were private property this wouldn’t even be a question, the owners of that private property would be able to make whatever rules they wanted regarding participation.