To understand the South, I thought it was good to start with understanding the Georgia gun laws. So my gun encounter was perfectly lawful - one does not even need a license or registration to "transport a loaded firearm in a private motor vehicle, provided it is carried in an open manner fully exposed to view, or is in the vehicle's glove compartment, console, or similar compartment". In other words, please keep it close by and loaded (!). And even more astounding, the city of Kennesaw in the northwestern suburbs of Atlanta earned the nickname "USA Guntown" when it unanimously passed a law in 1982 requiring every head of household to maintain a firearm together with ammunition. Working in an office only 2 miles from the Kennesaw city limits, this immigrant alien started asking for his co-workers' opinion of this law. You'd be surprised to hear some of the answers, but suffice it to say it's no surprise that this is Newt Gingrich's neck of the woods.
So even though the local daily news still is horrific, and the race for the Republican presidential candidate is mind-boggling, I do believe in the good of mankind
GABROEN on behalf of Jeroen