ATLANTA, Ga. — Some Georgia college students are making their voices heard when it comes to conceal and carry laws. About 75 students involved in the organization called Georgia’s Students for Concealed Carry are protesting all week.
The students want the right to carry guns on campus especially after a shooting at a college in California on Monday. Protesters are wearing empty gun holster to show that it’s illegal to have guns on campus. One student, Robert Eagar says he wants to carry a weapon on campus because he believes unarmed students a vulnerable population being targeted by criminals.
“It makes sense when you’re looking for an easy target,” Eagar said. “You don’t want to encounter someone who’s carrying a weapon.”
Students who are protesting believe if guns were allowed on campus, that may have helped the students in California.
“It wouldn’t have prevented the situation,” Eagar said. “There’s nothing we can do to guard every person’s life in that case. But we would have seen the shooting end much more abruptly in my opinion.”
Another student agrees that he would feel safer he could carry a gun.
“I would definitely feel safer if I had a gun on campus,” said student Al Forbes.
The University of West Georgia police chief disagrees about guns making campus safer. He’s afraid it would create more problems than solve them.
“Due to the maturity issues on campus, alcohol & drug issues, and even mental health issues,how many people would be hurt or die out of using weapon inappropriately?” said John Mackel.
Georgia college student Jessica Filkins agrees that having guns on campus does not mean it’s automatically a safer environment. She says she’d feel uneasy if her classmates were armed.
“There are so many ways someone can pull out a gun, get in to an argument and it can end badly,” she said.