Current state law allows students at public universities to keep firearms on campuses – in their locked vehicles.
Naturally, during last month’s debate over campus carry, this led some lawmakers to wonder what happens to those students after they park their handguns and walk elsewhere on campus.
Members of the state Senate asked for numbers.
As mentioned in Sunday’s column, the University System of Georgia responded with statistics showing that, in 2011, a student was 26 times more likely to be robbed in off-campus Georgia, and 44 times more likely to be assaulted.
Above is the entire chart. From the memo that accompanied it, written by Daryl R. Griswold, assistant vice chancellor for legal affairs, to Senate policy analyst Rebecca O’Connor:
“As we discussed, attached is a chart showing assaults on [University System of Georgia] campuses for the years 2007-2011. This includes any aggravated assault or robbery that occurred on a USG campus (excluding residence halls) that was reported to any official on campus, not just to the police. You asked for data involving any assaults that occurred while moving from a parking facility to another location on campus. We don’t have that data specifically, but the attached data would include those incidents; in fact, it would include more than those incidents.”
One of the questions that immediately arises: What’s the campus-by-campus breakdown?
In comments to Cobb County Republicans, Attorney General Sam Olens on Saturday signed on with the movement to eliminate the state income tax – in part by closing the raft of corporate loopholes granted by the Legislature. From Jon Gillooly and the Marietta Daily Journal:
“And I think it’s really necessary to take the big step,” he said. “If you look at all the tax credits and other types of corporate welfare we have in our state, you’re sort of choosing some winners and losers in that regard. Wouldn’t it be better to simply have no corporate welfare, eliminate the income tax and put all companies on the same level playing field?”
And one more thought:
“It’s not that I don’t support helping business, it’s I support helping all business rather than once again choosing which business,” Olens said. “I think it is our obligation to tell our members of the General Assembly that we really want the session to get jobs, and that doesn’t mean corporate welfare that means replacing the tax code, both federally and state, and having guidelines that actually promote job growth, and I think that’s the key issue. We spend entirely too much time on the small stuff. And we’re not spending nearly enough time on the big stuff.”
Former congressional candidate and current WGAU (1340) talk show host Martha Zoller has her new political website up and running – click here to see it.
As the weekend began, the Wilcox County Board of Education announced it would “explore” the possibility of holding a school-sponsored, integrated prom in 2014, according to 13WMAZ in Macon.
Apparently, this will be part of the local effort to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education.
The school board may have felt pressured, the TV station reported, by a group of students who set out to do what their parents ought to have done years ago.
Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, an ardent opponent of the Affordable Care Act, recently likened people with pre-existing medical conditions to wrecked cars and appeared to suggest that the sick are at fault for their illnesses just as drivers are at fault for their accidents.
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