02 August 2022

Using Ammosexual Tears to Season My Boeuf Bourguignon

Due to the extreme gun laws in Georgia, concert promoter (and spawn of Satan) Live Nation canceled the Music Midtown Festival in Atlanta because they would have had to allow people to bring guns and explosives into the event.

Seeing as how My Chemical Romance has some free time now, how about another concert in the Baltimore-Washington area? My kid Nat is a big fan:

This year’s Music Midtown festival, a showcase event slated to bring tens of thousands of people and big-name artists to Piedmont Park over two days in September, was canceled Monday in part due to the state’s laws surrounding guns in public parks.

Though festival organizers declined to comment on the reason they scrapped the event, multiple officials familiar with the cancellation said it stemmed from ongoing legal fallout of a permissive gun expansion that was signed into law in 2014.


And it triggered backlash from disappointed music fans who eagerly anticipated a now-nixed lineup that included shows from Jack White, Future and Fall Out Boy. [And the aforementioned My Chemical Romance]

Peter Conlon, who oversees the festival for Live Nation, declined to comment about the cancellation Monday. The festival’s social media account said the two-day event was canned due to “circumstances beyond our control.”


The decision centered on a 2014 state law passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature and signed by then-Gov. Nathan Deal that allowed Georgians to legally carry firearms in a range of new places, including public land such as city-owned Piedmont Park.

For years, there was no legal consensus on whether that law applied to private events held on public property. But a 2019 Georgia Supreme Court ruling — and an appellate court ruling earlier this year upholding that decision — made it more difficult for private groups to restrict guns from short-term events held on public land.

The event’s organizers were concerned about a threat of a lawsuit from gun owners if they decided to hold the festival with firearms restrictions in place, two officials with direct knowledge of the decision told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

There was also a worry that some of the artists would refuse to perform if weapons were permitted, one of the officials said.


Nearly a decade ago, Phillip Evans, a pro-gun activist and blogger, and the gun rights group GA2A sued the Atlanta Botanical Garden over its no-gun policy, arguing that while the garden is a private entity, it sits on public land and therefore should allow firearms.

In 2019, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled that the botanical garden could legally ban guns in part because it has a long-term lease to use its land. An appeals court affirmed that ruling early this year. But the opinion set different conditions for events with shorter leases, such as the music festival.

Evans told the AJC on Monday that he did not take legal action against Music Midtown, but that he made Live Nation and other festival organizers aware of his legal concerns.

Phillip Evans is probably in for a world of very well deserved hurt. But violence is wrong, kids.  (Also, I'm pretty sure that Mr. Evans is looking for an excuse to legally shoot someone, particularly if they are so be careful)

If you are bumming over this, you need to make Mr. Evans, and the politicians who kowtow to his merry band of terrorists, uncomfortable.  They should be made to feel unwelcome in polite society.


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