Georgia Tech professor: Why are guns unsafe for dorms, but allowed in classrooms?

The Senate passed the campus carry bill today. House Bill 859 now goes to the Gov. Nathan Deal for his signature.

The legislation allows anyone 21 or older with a weapons license to carry a gun anywhere on a public college or university campus, except for inside dormitories, fraternities and sorority houses, and at athletic events. The bill requires weapons be concealed.

According to the AJC:

The Georgia Senate on Friday gave final passage to a bill that for the first time would legalize firearms on all public colleges in Georgia, following an emotional two-hour floor debate over the wisdom of letting students carry concealed guns on campus.

If it becomes law, the bill would make Georgia the ninth state to allow campus carry, with nearly two dozen others allowing individual schools to decide. Supporters of the legislation have also linked their effort to the safety of students, noting events such as recent robberies at Georgia State University’s downtown Atlanta campus library that is only steps from the state Capitol.

I received this letter from a Georgia Tech professor opposing the bill. The protests of professors and students did not sway the Senate or the House, and I don't think Deal will be moved, either.

But I believe the governor will hear from professors about their concerns, as well as from parents. And I think their comments will echo these:

caitlin Whitehead / SCAD-Atlanta Electronic Professor Burns ILLU 410 975 Spring Brook Drive Lawrenceville, GA 30043 caitlin@caitlinwhitehead.com schoolhouse; school, students, guns, safety, child, law, campus, pistol, shooting, education, SCAD, editorial, illustration, 2014

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Maureen Downey
Maureen Downey
Maureen Downey has written editorials and opinion pieces about local, state and federal education policy since the 1990s.
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