During the debate between District 122 candidates Jodi Lott and Mack Taylor on The Austin Rhodes Show this past week, it was definitely a conservative showdown filled with all of the favorite Republican topics.
The two candidates discussed everything from the need to protect Georgia’s borders from Syrians and illegal immigrants to the evils of ObamaCare.
It was a Republican lovefest.
While Rhodes did most of the talking about the issues and provided more proposed solutions to the problems than both candidates combined, Lott and Taylor had some pretty strong things to say.
When asked about Gov. Nathan Deal’s recent decision not to accept Syrian refugees in Georgia and his request to President Obama that he suspend the resettlement program in the United States, Taylor went straight for the president’s jugular.
“We’ve got a president who doesn’t want to secure the border. He doesn’t care,” Taylor said. “And we know that illegal immigrants are coming across our border, but we also know that Muslim prayer rugs have been found at the border. They are coming across. They are here. They are amongst us.”
Better check your closets, folks. You may find a Syrian behind the door.
But, seriously, the attacks in Paris and around the world are nothing to laugh about, so Rhodes asked the candidates what they could do as state legislators to help keep this country safe.
The discussion immediately turned to the country’s Second Amendment right to bear arms.
“We were knocking on doors this past weekend and it was quite a common theme that people wanted the ability to carry their weapons,” Lott said. “The comment was, ‘If we were in a stadium, we would have had our bags checked.’ So something that we certainly should consider is people here that have weapons and concealed carry licenses that they should be able to carry.”
Taylor wholeheartedly agreed.
“You can carry in a church. You can carry in a bar as long as those establishments allow it. That is headed in the right direction,” Taylor said, adding that the state also needs to provide more support to its public safety officers. “Earlier in that day, I was talking with a longtime friend of mine who is a state trooper and he told me that they haven’t had a raise in eight years. That is definitely something we can work on in Atlanta. That is our frontline in the War on Terror.”
But Taylor also said that citizens should definitely be allowed to carry their guns in more places, such as college campuses and local schools, because terrorists can strike anywhere.
“I think we’ve got to do everything that we can possibly do to protect ourselves,” Taylor said. “We know the War on Terror is going to come here again. We can’t be delusional about that. And so I think, yes, we are going to have to explore ways to expand what we’ve already done with conceal carry in Georgia.”
Otherwise, this country could possibly face terrible violence like the recent killings in Paris, he said.
“We are talking about bringing people from areas of a country that want to destroy us,” Taylor said of the Syrians. “They don’t want to just see us fail, they want to kill us. It makes no sense to let those people in this country. And I think Gov. Deal did the right thing.”
Lott said she couldn’t agree more.
“I feel like we need to have guns with us anytime we can,” she said. “I think it is very important on the college campuses as well, otherwise you are a target.”
With that, Rhodes asked Lott if she had already begun training her two boys, who are in the second and ninth grades, to use firearms.
“Yes. The younger one has a pellet gun and there is a little target in the back yard right now,” she said, adding that her oldest son hasn’t officially taken any classes yet. “My older son is not well trained, but we do shoot, so we do target practice. He is 14, so he has not been to any classes. But he is familiar with a weapon.”
Then, Rhodes told the recent story of the 13-year-old South Carolina boy who fatally shot a would-be robber with his mother’s 9-mm Glock 17.
Basically, the teen, who was home alone, saw an armed man walking up to the back of his Ladson, S.C. home.
He quickly ran to get his mother’s gun and exchanged fire with the gunman. The teen shot the man, who later died at a nearby hospital.
“I’m not saying that I want to have that happen here, but isn’t it awesome that the young man had the ability to do that and the hardware to make it happen?” Rhodes asked . “That’s a happy ending.”
“Absolutely,” Lott said.
The discussion then quickly turned to illegal immigrants who are working in this country.
Rhodes suggested that any employer in Georgia that is willing to hire someone who is an illegal alien should have their business licenses taken away if they are caught.
Many local business owners say such legislation would cripple the construction and farming industries, but both Taylor and Lott again agreed with Rhodes.
“Once you catch them, you put a stop-work order on that project,” Taylor said. “And the last thing a builder wants is to have the work stopped on his project because then they start losing money.”
Lott insisted the law is clear.
“We have laws and you need to hire American citizens,” she said.
However, Lott at least acknowledged the enormous elephant in the room. She explained that some local businesses have a difficult time finding qualified employees willing to work hard for minimum wage.
“They are taking these illegals to do these jobs because they are willing to do it and they are hard workers and they work long hours,” she said.
Before Rhodes went to a commercial, he wanted to congratulate both candidates for choosing to represent the Republican Party.
“It occurs to me, we are one of the reddest counties in one of the reddest states in the country,” Rhodes said of Columbia County. “So, you are basically running as a representative of a super Republican district in a super Republican state. Congratulations!”
Apparently, the name of the game in Columbia County is all about guns, closed borders and illegal workers… Oh my!
So, voters in District 122, make sure you head to the polls on Dec. 1 and choose which Republican candidate best represents your beliefs.
Let’s just hope you bleed Republican red or you are definitely out of luck.