Letter to the Editor
Recently the Georgia House of Representatives passed HB 512 which (should the Senate agree) would make it legal for everyone with a permit to carry concealed guns on campus. Now hunting and gun ownership may be as American as apple pie, but so is gun control and icons like Wyatt Earp, the legendary Wild West figure who enforced Dodge City’s ban on gun-carrying within town limits. There are good reasons why USG Chancellor Huckaby unequivocally stated on March 4 that all 31 University Presidents (including their campus security chiefs and counselors) are opposed to HB 512. Not one gun-related crime has been committed on our campus since I joined the faculty in the Fall of 2000, yet some are trying to take advantage of a tragedy at an elementary school to advance their agenda? Can you spell C-R-A-Z-Y?
I don’t know about you, but I wholeheartedly support the Board of Regents, the Chancellor of the University System of Georgia, and our very own President Dr. McKinney in their March 12 statement which reads: “We are deeply concerned about proposed legislation in the Georgia General Assembly that would permit firearms on our campuses – in our classrooms, student centers, and our academic and administrative buildings. We firmly believe the current law promotes a safe learning environment for out students and working environment for our faculty and staff. Our unanimous recommendation is to retain the law in its current form….”
So here is an idea for a belated 50th birthday present for Dr. McKinney. Google “Georgians tell the state no on HB 512” and sign the petition at SignOn.org.
Michael G. Noll
associate professor of geography