The Georgia Governor has announced a State of Emergency after a deadly weekend where two shootings killed five Georgians. On Saturday night, two people opened fire at a car killing eight year old Secoriea Turner. Her mother and one other adult were in the car. Sunday night saw another shooting that killed one and injured two.
Atlanta’s mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms, expressed outrage over the tragedy. “You can’t blame this on a police officer,” the mayor said. “You can’t say this about criminal justice reform. This is about some people carrying some weapons who shot up a car with an eight-year-old baby in the car for what? Enough is enough. If you want people to take us seriously and you don’t want us to lose this movement, we can’t lose each other.”
On Monday, State Governor Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency. To secure the state, 1,000 National Guard troops were activated. A statement from Governor’s office said that troops will provide support at key locations such as the state’s Capitol and the governor’s mansion to allow law enforcement to patrol other areas.
So far, the COVID-19 pandemic has reduced instances of gun violence in the US. However, with the reopening process occurring – concerns exist that gun violence will increase again. Gun sales have increased dramatically during the pandemic. Atlanta’s deadly weekend is one concerning sign among several. Recent shootings in Chicago and Seattle have contributed to the concern.