The mayor of Atlanta has finally decided that enough is enough. It took weeks of wanton carnage for her to reach that point but kudos regardless. Now, the governor of Georgia is stepping in as well. Brian Kemp has also seen enough. Secoriea Turner’s death was the tipping point. When protesters are murdering children in cold blood, it is time to seriously reconsider the current state of affairs.
The status quo could not remain intact and that’s why Kemp took the long awaited step of calling in the National Guard. At this point, there is little else that can be done and we would like to know if the liberals have any better ideas. National Guard units were deployed last night. They are coming together with Atlanta law enforcement to put an end to the destruction of this city.
Gov. Brian Kemp will deploy as many as 1,000 Georgia National Guard troops to protect state buildings in Atlanta on Monday following a burst of violence across the city that left four dead, including an 8-year-old girl, and saw the ransacking of the headquarters of the Georgia State Patrol.
Kemp, a Republican, issued the emergency order after threatening late Sunday to “take action” to curb the unrest in Atlanta if Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms failed to do so, a move that highlighted the complicated, and increasingly tense, relationship between two of the state’s most prominent politicians.
The National Guard troops will be dispatched to three locations in the city: The state Capitol, which has been the focus of protests over statues of segregationists and Civil War leaders; the Governor’s Mansion in Buckhead; and the recently vandalized Department of Public Safety building in southeast Atlanta.
“Peaceful protests were hijacked by criminals with a dangerous, destructive agenda. Now, innocent Georgians are being targeted, shot, and left for dead,” said Kemp. “This lawlessness must be stopped and order restored in our capital city.”
Kemp plans on deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops, in order to ensure the continued protection of the state buildings. The Georgia State Patrol headquarters were ransacked over the weekend as well, creating further impetus for the decision. Since Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms was unable to restore order, Kemp had to do what needed to be done.
The recent tensions in Atlanta have placed a major spotlight on the tense relationship between Kemp and Bottoms. While these two politicians do not always agree on everything, they are finally seeing eye to eye on the wave of violence that is taking place in Atlanta right now. The National Guard troops were stationed in some of the city’s most pivotal locations.
The Civil War statues were protected, in addition to the Governor’s Mansion in Buckhead. Since the Department of Public Safety building had been vandalized recently, this is one of the main buildings that the National Guard decided to focus on. “This lawlessness must be stopped and order restored in our capital city,” said Kemp.
The National Guard was contacted back in May, at the behest of the mayor. This time around, it was Kemp who decided to put a stop to these issues. Best of all, he does not seem very worried about Bottoms’ feelings on the matter. When the lives of small children are being cut short, there is no time to care about the political calculations. Of course, the Democrats are not enamored with the National Guard or Kemp’s orders.
They want to know why he was focused on these three sites only. However, the National Guard cannot be called in without careful consideration. It’s the sort of decision that is bound to rankle the leftists. Kemp has to stop and think about the after effects of the decision. If he pushes too hard and tries to police the city himself, he is left with more problems to solve. That’s why he focused his attention on state property at first.
From the looks of it, he is trying to put the pressure on Bottoms to make the decisions that need to be made in her city. Kemp cannot be the one to come down on the city of Atlanta, his job is to protect the state institutions that are under attack. That’s why he is backing away from the situation and hoping that Bottoms does what is right.
He probably hopes that the National Guard deployment will be enough to put a stop to the violence by itself. If he is willing to protect state buildings, perhaps those who believe that they are untouchable will stop to think about their actions going forward. Maybe they will realize that they could be next if they are not careful.
Bottoms is also currently dealing with a positive COVID-19 test, so she’s already got plenty to be worried about. She already looks impotent because of the nonstop violence and Kemp is clearly nervous about his own political future. Action needed to be taken and Kemp is the one who was finally willing to do it.