Much was made about the passing and signing into law of Georgia House Bill 60, otherwise known as the “guns everywhere” bill. I have my reservations about that bill as I have said before. One area that was fought over and was removed from the bill was the campus carry part. Now, it seems that campus carry was placed into another bill signed by Gov. Deal this week anyway, Georgia House Bill 826.
WSB-TV ran a story on it, and unsurprisingly, the gun crowd is already gloating about having campus carry signed into law, even though it was done by putting a loophole the size of Stone Mountain in legislation.
“I think it’s wonderful, I’ve been fighting for this for years,” said Luke Crawford, president of KSU’s students for concealed carry.
He and other gun advocates like Georgia Carry say the loophole in House Bill 826 now allows licensed gun owners to carry weapons on any real property or building owned by or leased to any school or post-secondary institution.
“I’ll no longer have to enter a place where I’m defenseless,” Crawford said.
I guess Mr. Crawford doesn’t feel like a man unless he has his gun. I don’t understand the logic, but there are some who must think they are constantly a target for some violent episode that they’ll be able to thwart with their “trusty iron”. College is supposed to be about learning. If you feel defenseless sitting in a classroom, then get your degree online from the safety of your own home. I can’t begin to understand how people can function in this society in the face of all this fear wafting through the air.
From the same news piece, it’s also obvious that neither Governor Deal nor his staff actually read what they’re signing.
Huddleston talked to Gov. Nathan Deal’s staff about the law. Their understanding of the law, which Deal signed, allows a parent to have a licensed gun in their car if they are picking up their child at school, but they cannot enter a school building with it.
But gun advocates say, the way the law is written now, gives them the right to carry guns in schools.
However, when you look at the actual legislation, you see this passage here.
It seems as though Governor Deal and his people need to go back and take a remedial English course. The idea he had of that law was struck through thereby creating a huge loophole in the legislation. It doesn’t specifically say inside a school building, but there is nothing in there that says school buildings are off-limits either. Most high schools already have a resource officer in place, so the thought of John Q. Public becoming “Rambo” and saving the day is highly unlikely. In most instances, I can see where JQP ends up staring down the barrel of a police rifle if something happens that requires a police response. There’s no sticker or caption that lets the police know good guy from bad guy when they first arrive at the scene. If it’s an active shooter situation, anybody that’s NOT the police will be considered dangerous until everything is sorted out.
I’m not anti-gun in the least. I own several guns, and I’m authorized to carry as required or necessary. What I am, however, is very pro-safety. Nowhere in any of this gun hoopla have I seen training, safety, or anything in that area discussed or put into legislation. There is a chance, however small, that a person will be involved in a school shooting situation. There is a chance, as well, of an unintentional discharge of that weapon being carried by a student.
Who will be held liable in the event of an accidental death due to an unintentional discharge? Does the concealed carry permit holder simply get off with an oops, while another family is left to grieve over a senseless death? Will the school be liable for that death, causing liability insurance to skyrocket in Georgia?
We pay taxes for this group of people called police. They are trained and equipped to handle violent situations. If you’re so afraid of life that you must have a gun at school, church, or when you go take a dump, then consider the idea of hiring more police. I would feel much better knowing the people carrying the guns are trained and there’s a way that I can verify their training is up to date. There is no such way to do that for concealed carry people. As long as elected officials are governing in fear, we’re going to see more of these fear based laws taking shape. I pray that nobody loses their life or a family member over any acts of stupidity coming from this law. I know most gun owners are quite responsible people, but my worry isn’t directed towards them. I’m worried about that small percentage that can best be described as nuts.