The Georgia Legislature is pushing forward with a campus carry bill.
The anti-gun Georgia establishment whipped out the dog-eared old script of anti-gun, anti-carry platitudes.
“Persons have to be trained to use a weapon in a matter to fight back. Georgia doesn’t do any kind of training to allow you to carry even if you have a permit. It doesn’t guarantee that you will protect anyone or that the law is going to work.” – State Sen. Harold Jones II, D-Augusta
Concealed carriers are all dumb amateurs. Check.
“We’re putting (students) in volatile situations with alcohol and hormones.” – State Rep. Virgil Fludd, D-Tyrone
Kids will get drunk and start shooting each other. Check.
“You have people who walk around and they become vigilantes. Someone can be upset with someone and they immediately pull out the weapon, so the police force becomes ineffective. You also have people who show up to campus who are up to no good, who now know that people are now carrying, who shoot first and ask questions later.” – Clark Atlanta University President Ronald Johnson
Shoot first/blood in the streets/OK Corral histrionics. Check.
Not to be outdone by the politicians, Moms Demand Action had to get into the fray.
“When we’re talking about even 21 year old kids, there’s issues with academic pressure, with drug use, alcohol abuse and putting kids in that type of situation and allowing guns is not a common sense law.” – Lindsey Donovan, MDA Chapter Leader.
Nothing more than a rehashing of same BS, but at least she got the age thing right.
The bill gets elevated and the governor steps up to the plate. What did he say?
“We heard all the hype that we’re now hearing about campus carry, all the predictions of tragedies. All the predictions that we were going to open our state up to a Wild West scenario. Those earlier fears don’t appear to have come true. So, therefore, to use those kind of arguments with the campus carry discussion, I think lacks validity.” – Governor Nathaniel Deal
BOOM! Mic drop! I don’t know anything about any of his other positions, but on concealed carry, the man does not lie.
I’ve visited Georgia Tech and other big state schools (U Penn, UF, etc.) . They are so integrated into the cities they are in, sometimes it’s impossible to tell you’ve walked into campus. Why should someone who is licensed to carry a gun in downtown Atlanta suddenly find him/herself in violation of the law by crossing a street and finding him/herself on campus? This is as illogical as the rationale behind gun free zones, that the difference between safety and danger in an arbitrary and invisible line in the ground.
What additional risk does this place on students? None, and it seems like the Governor gets that. In regard to those engaged in what-if hand-wringing, the governor’s repose was “I think they should be concerned about making sure that those students are taught and educated. That’s their responsibility. The law will take care of the rest of it.” Well said governor.