Q: What is your group's stand in a nutshell?
A: We are fighting for our right to bear arms. I have a right to protect myself anywhere a bad guy can be. In a perfect world, you shouldn't need a gun anywhere.
Q: Why do you need legislation specifically relating to churches?
A: Churches are the only private property in Georgia where the state expressly prohibits people from carrying a gun. If you pass a law that says I can't carry my gun in church, you are giving the criminal the upper hand.
Q: What if I don't want members of my church carrying guns?
A: This is not to force a church to allow me to carry a gun but to allow a church to decide. If I don't like what my church decides I can go to another church. Most small churches don't have the money to hire security. They feel they are sitting ducks.
Q: Are places of worship really that dangerous?
A: Google "church shootings." Look at how Dr. Martin Luther King's mother died — shot while sitting at the organ at her church in downtown Atlanta.
Q: Is there any place where you think a person should not be allowed to carry a gun?
A: I can't think of one offhand. We have stipulated that we would not fight restrictions on carrying a gun in courtrooms, jails and prisons.
Q: What about schools?
A: If you look at where mass shootings happen, they happen in gun-free zones. Virginia Tech is a gun-free zone. Columbine [High School] is a gun-free zone. Gun-free zones are almost like hunting in a baited field.
Q: If allowing ordinary citizens to carry guns everywhere is such a good idea, why is law enforcement so against it?
A: There are always going to be bad people in every group, even in law enforcement. There is nothing that stops them from having all the firepower they want.
Q: Bottom line: Guns make people safer?
A: There's a saying we have: God made men and women. Samuel Colt made them equal.
The Sunday conversation is edited for length and clarity. Writer Ann Hardie can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.