MONTEZUMA, GA -- Sen. Jason Carter was in rural southwest Georgia to talk about health care. But during a panel discussion, a local schoolteacher complained about the gun law that Carter supported and the legislature passed this spring. And so did Bill Massee, the mayor of Marshallville, Georgia, who complained the gun law made his city hall less safe because his town can't afford to buy metal detectors.
"I think there's been a giant amount of misinformation about what the bill does," Carter said afterward. Carter describes himself as a second amendment Democrat. He has avoided detailed discussions of his support for the gun law, which many Democrats opposed. "For the most part in this state, I don't get asked about it very often," Carter said.
And Carter still insists it's not an issue on the minds of the voters he wants to sway this fall.
11Alive: But you did get asked about it twice.
Carter: Oh absolutely I did. And I answered them.
Q: But is it reasonable to say you're not going to continue to be asked about it?
A: I don't think it's a major issue in the election. And I don't-- (he cuts himself off).
Q: And when they ask you to justify (voting in favor of it), what do you tell them?
A: I tell them I've been consistent about it the whole time I've been in the state senate where I stand with respect to gun rights. I mean I haven't -- that's where I've been.
Q: And when they complain about it. (What do you say) when they complain about it?
A: We talk about other issues. That's exactly what happens.
And Carter believes that changing the subject - to issues like rural health care - is what voters will want.