ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING IN AUGUSTA PRIMARY SCHOOL

Press Release 8/25/2015

GUNSENSE GEORGIA COALITION SADDENED BY AUGUSTA SCHOOL

SHOOTING AND GEORGIA’S INCREASED GUN VIOLENCE

(Atlanta, GA) August 25, 2015- The GunSense Georgia Coalition has issued the comments below regarding today’s accidental shooting at Hornsby Elementary School in Augusta. The unintentional shooting occurred when a third grader playing with a gun in the classroom accidentally shot a female classmate. The school was immediately put on lockdown.

“This incident is yet another tragedy in our schools that demonstrates that guns have no place there, except in the hands of trained law enforcement.” said Kathryn Grant, a co-founder and board member of the GunSense Georgia Coalition, which works for common sense gun policies and to reduce gun violence in the state. “Our children are at risk and Georgia is one of the nation’s leaders in gun violence in schools. These incidents will only increase until our legislators put policies in place that will maintain safe communities, including implementing strict procedures that keep guns away from children.”

The GunSense Georgia Coalition works to advocate for safe and sensible gun policies and actively worked to stop House Bill 60, the “guns everywhere bill,” enacted into law in 2014. One of the provisions of that bill broke the sanctity of the school safety zones by allowing school administrators to appoint someone to carry a loaded gun into each local school. To date, no Georgia school has made such an appointment.

“HB60 would have further expanded guns in schools with a provision that allowed students to carry loaded weapons on university campuses,” said Grant. “But through our efforts, joined with others, we kept that from happening. Today’s incident highlights the many dangers and accidental consequences of the presence of guns in schools, or on campuses,” she added.