Last week, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed a bill that would have allowed anyone 21 or older with a valid concealed carry permit to carry a firearm on university campuses, Greek houses, and athletic at athletic events.
We reported some opposition to the bill, but there was plenty of support—more than enough to push it through the state legislature until hit it Deal’s desk.
A University of Georgia graduate student, Vicki Scullion, has spoken out after the veto to say that she and her classmates at UGA are not safer because of Deal’s veto, according to this story from ajc.com.
On the AJC.com Get Schooled blog, Scullion says, “An open announcement stating that our faculty and students are unarmed makes us unsafe. If you were a criminal, wouldn’t you be more likely to target someone who you know won’t be carrying a gun? Instead of protecting us, you’ve left those of us who attend or work at Georgia universities vulnerable to predators and criminals. Shame on you, Gov. Deal.”
In the post, which you can read in its entirety here, Scullion takes Deal to task for the reasons he gave for vetoing the campus carry bill.
“The bill would have allowed anyone 21 or over to carry a concealed handgun on Georgia campuses if they had a valid permit,” she writes. “While Deal mouthed concern over the safety of on-campus daycare centers and high school students taking college-level courses, I fail to see how these children’s lives would have been endangered if the bill had passed.”
“Every day, permit holders exercising their Second Amendment rights quietly and safely carry their concealed weapons into daycare where they pick up their children, restaurants full of children and teens and crowded movie theaters. They simply want to protect themselves and their families from criminals who have no difficulty obtaining weapons without being troubled by a background check or having to show up at a courthouse to register for a legal permit to carry concealed.”
She goes on to call the historical precedents Deal cited for his veto “laughable.”
“His solemn pronouncement appeals to the emotions and little else: ‘From the early days of our nation and state, colleges have been treated as sanctuaries of learning where firearms have not been allowed. To depart from such time-honored protections should require overwhelming justification.’ Since we don’t live in the early days of our state and nation, perhaps it’s time to rethink the ‘because we’ve always done it that way’ excuse for denying necessary change.”