GUN RIGHTS: While some are applauding Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal for signing into law an expanded gun bill, some are concerned and upset that guns could now be present in bars, churches, schools and government buildings. We all know that guns and alcohol don’t mix. What’s interesting is that someone sent me an email about an incident at a Georgia soccer club that has rankled many.
The United Futbol Academy, based in Forsyth County, Ga. (same county where Hosea Williams was spat on and called a n*gger during a march), sounded the alarm over a man walking around the fields at Fowler Park with a knife and a gun visible on his hip. On any given evening, there are easily over 100 kids along with their parents and UFA staff on the fields. The club management was so concerned about this individual that they contacted the police. Training was cancelled on Thursday because of this menace. Here’s an excerpt from the UFA email:
We wanted to reach out to you and give you some info regarding the individual that was at Fowler Park the last two days walking around with a knife and an exposed firearm in a holster on his hip.
We contacted the police and the Parks & Rec department. Unfortunately, there is no restriction on ‘open carry’ in Forsyth County. Furthermore, when questioned by Forsyth County Sheriff Office he did produce a Georgia permit. He is exercising his 2nd Amendment rights. These guys know the law very well and he was walking the line the entire time. IF he brandished the weapon, that is a chargeable offense.Tonight, Wednesday April 23rd we have decided to cancel all training at Fowler Park only. We have reason to believe that this person may return in an effort to provoke confrontation with police. His plan is to use us through fear of an armed man to call the Sheriff and create a confrontation. The Sheriff has already investigated this particular individual and he has a license to carry a weapon so they are really at a disadvantage and fear a lawsuit for harassment.Our primary goal is to ensure the safety of all our members, parents to players, and we are in the process of working with the county on additional patrols, hiring an off duty policeman as well as having a Park Ranger at Fowler. As of today we are not able to provide the off duty officer however we will plan on having one starting Thursday and over the weekend. We will keep the police officer at Fowler until we feel this issue has been resolved. We are waiting on a response from Parks & Red at this time to provide us with additional guidance on this sensitive issue and there may be further information regarding United FA training at Fowler.