Campus Carry Vetoed. Surprised?

I’m contemplating a shakeup of my Top Ten Rock Songs of All Time. Let’s say you go see Paul Simon in concert. You pay some pretty good money for tickets. Drive to ATL. Pay for parking at the Fox. Paul puts on a decent “low energy” show, but doesn’t play Kodachrome, your Number Four hit of all time. If it’s not that big a deal to Paul, maybe it shouldn’t be my Number Four. I’m thinking about a major change as a result. Now on to more pressing issues.

Governor Deal vetoed the campus carry bill this week and resorted to the same tired arguments used by anti-liberty people before.gun campus

“A college student, upset about his grade, may go shoot a professor!” Okay, and what is stopping that angry student from doing exactly that now?

“More guns equals more crime.” Let’s pretend that there is some truth to that. For instance, the ready availability of guns is a problem when someone is suicidal. I’ll skip the other ways people kill themselves, and just go for guns. Nothing in the campus carry bill lends itself toward making suicide easier. In fact, the bill bans guns in dorms. How many students commit suicide in class? If any do, they are breaking the existing law and should be held accountable. See how silly that is?

If “more guns equals more crime”, then when HB60 passed two years ago (which Gov. Deal signed), commonly called “Guns Everywhere”, we’d would have experienced a spike in gun deaths. We didn’t. Even Deal admitted that.

Instead, Deal required “overwhelming justification” to allow campus carry. Is one death enough? Two? How many armed robberies of Georgia Tech and Georgia State students does it take? Give us the number, Governor, so at least we have a way of counting down when the Second Amendment kicks in for us. On one side of North Avenue, you can carry a weapon, but not on the other side of the street. At Georgia State, the campus is so intermingled with Downtown Atlanta it’s hard to know where lawful carry is permitted.

“Allowing more guns isn’t the answer” said some. So the answer is, to them, to only allow the non-law abiding to carry weapons. Gotcha.

The Democrats lauded the decison. That’s a clue that something was amiss. If you wonder why people are tired of political corruption and old school politics, look no further than this veto. His own party overwhelming supported this bill. Yet he vetoed it to cowtow to the liberal agenda, to the anti-liberty, big government crowd. The Board of Regents, a bastion of liberty loving, conservative thought (Ha! You thought I had lost my mind, but you know I jest), those Regents are against guns on campus. Well, except for their security squads. They do carry guns. Lots of guns.

Deal has no political future as he is a lame duck. He’ll be a mightily well paid lobbyist soon enough, so sucking up to Michael Bloomberg and his billions seems more important than doing the right thing for Georgians.

Kelly Burke, master attorney, former district attorney and magistrate judge, is engaged in private practice. He writes about the law, rock’n’roll and politics. These articles are not designed to give legal advice, but are designed to inform the public about how the law affects their daily lives. Contact Kelly at to comment on this article or suggest articles that you’d like to see and visit his website to view prior columns.

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