STATEMENT ON THE LATEST TRAGEDY ON THE OREGON CAMPUS

Media Statement

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Contact: Melinda Ennis, 404-729-1446 melindagunsense@gmail.org

COALITION MOURNS UMPQUA COLLEGE VICTIMS & REJECTS GEORGIA’S CAMPUS CARRY BILL

(Atlanta, GA) October 2, 2015–The GUNSENSE GEORGIA COALITION sends its deepest sympathies to the victims and loved ones of those wounded or murdered at Umpqua Community College. These incidents happen with an increasingly terrifying regularity and the only answer provided by our legislators is to allow easier access to more guns.

In our own Georgia legislature, House Bill 544, introduced in last year’s General Assembly, will allow our Georgia university students, faculty, staff, administrators and campus visitors to carry guns into classrooms, while walking on campus, in sorority and fraternity houses, in dorm rooms and even at tailgate parties. This is not the first time a so-called “campus carry” bill has been introduced by legislators in our state, despite the fact that not one university administrator or educator has called for such an action. In fact, the Board of Regents of the University of Georgia has strongly opposed any such legislation.

The Georgia legislators who continue to push this agenda have been corrupted by our state’s gun lobby Georgia Carry and the NRA, who would have us believe that guns carried by inadequately trained students, faculty or campus visitors could prevent such tragedies. Yet, time and time again, in poll after poll, the vast majority of Georgia’s citizens, across all party lines and from all areas of the state have rejected this policy “solution.” The majority of Georgians understand that loaded guns in the hands of students with varying degrees of emotional maturity and gun-training, is not a solution but a dangerous and illogical policy with the potential for increased violence and death.

In the face of yet another horrendous mass murder in the very place where our students and educators should feel the safest, the Georgia GunSense Coalition calls for our state legislators to seek sensible policy solutions. We urge them to reject HB544 and all other gun legislation currently before the Georgia General Assembly.

The gun bills passed in the Georgia legislature in the last few years have only served to make our state one of the nation’s leaders in almost all gun violence statistics including gun trafficking. We call upon our elected offcials to take action now by enacting common sense gun policies which recognize that more guns is not the answer to the reduction of gun violence.

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