Georgia’s ‘campus carry’ bill a shame

| February 23, 2016

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from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

ATLANTA – The Georgia chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, today released the following statement in response to the House’s passage of HB 859, which would force Georgia’s public colleges and universities to allow guns on campus, including in classrooms, libraries, and at most campus events, even at tailgates, defying the opposition of 78 percent of Georgians.

Last week, the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee snuck the bill onto the Committee’s agenda and passed it out of Committee with no prior public notice. The bill was placed on the agenda only 90 minutes before the hearing and there was no testimony from college safety officials, students, faculty, or university presidents.

“Passing legislation that forces our colleges and universities to allow anyone with a concealed carry permit to carry a gun on campus is a shame for student safety,” said Lindsey Donovan, volunteer Chapter Leader of the Georgia chapter of Moms Demand Action. “Once again, four out of five Georgians believe guns have no place on campus. We urge the Georgia Senate to reject this dangerous bill and to not add guns to environments rife with alcohol, drugs, and academic pressures.”

Earlier this month, members of the Georgia chapter of Moms Demand Action dropped off nearly 2,000 petition signatures to lawmakers at the Capitol urging them to reject this bill. The Moms Demand Action volunteers—just a few of the more than 120,000 Everytown supporters in the state—delivered the simple message that the safety of students should come before the interests of the gun lobby. On Wednesday, February 24, Moms Demand Action volunteers will hold their Lobby Day at the Capitol to let lawmakers know that they do not support forcing guns onto campus.

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8 Comments on "Georgia’s ‘campus carry’ bill a shame"

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  1. Chris says:

    I bet the victims of the VT massacre a few years back wish they had protection on them.

    • kayla engle-lewis says:

      Many people think like you do and it is understandable because people feel frightened and defenseless at the prospect of a gunmen in their midst. But, added security on campuses would increase safety much more than allowing college students to carry guns. For one thing, a “good” person with a gun, who does not have regular practice and training has little chance of handling a situation like that with accuracy or calm. Also, there are many, many ways that accidents can happen with guns in the hands of college students, as well as the risk that guns could be left unattended and stolen or easily accessible for a student suffering from the all to common stresses of college (1/3 of all gun deaths and injury are suicides.) This law would allow guns at tailgating parties for goodness sakes. We have to come up with better solutions to increasing security and safety than legislation like this.

  2. Al says:

    As the father of a college student (who has a concealed carry permit and educated on the used of his firearm), I feel much better now. Doesn’t it seem odd that every time a nut job attacks a bunch of people, only a good person with a gun stops them? Law abiding citizens with firearms are never the problem. CRIMINALS ARE!

    • whitesavage says:

      Al my friend I’m glad you have trained your children on how to use a fire arm properly but unfortunately the law doesn’t require everyone to be trained on how to use a firearm so that means your children will be around college kids that have not been trained and lets just say one of those wild drunken college parties break out instead of the cooling off period when you get someone to walk off now it will be like the wild wild west I’m just glad my kids have all graduated

  3. Robert says:

    I don’t understand. Guns are everywhere and those that break the law are the ones that get to live their life to the fullest. One thing will stop someone from shooting another, and that is thinking, or knowing that the person you are about to harm may or may not have a gun hidden on them. Lawbreakers don’t care if this passes or not. They will carry a gun anywhere they want. Those that carry legally are not the ones that are needed to be worried about. This passing is a good thing. There have been way to many school shootings that could have been minimized had someone carrying AND knowing how to handle things appropriatly been there. Granted, not every law abiding carrying person knows what to do in a frantic situation, but if you train, then you will know what to do. The key word ia train here. Practice makes perfect and minimizes mistakes.

  4. whitesavage says:

    So if the police pull up and everyone has guns how are they to determine who the bad guys are this is a horrible idea did anyone ask the colleges or consult with the professors about this or did our legislators just decide this is a good idea

    • Robert says:

      The police will know who the bad and good guys are. The good guys wont be shootig at the police when they arrive. The good guys will simply put their guns down, knowing they will be briefly arrested as law dictates. The criminal will continue shooting and run towards the police as they are the idiots.

      • whitesavage says:

        No Robert whenever there is a mass shooting when the police arrive on the scene they have no idea who the shooter is and if everyone is outside with guns drawn and it makes it even harder for them to determine who the bad guy is when you have to make a split second decision