Georgia Students Lobby For The Right To Carry Weapons At School
Written by Andrew Forgotch
Last updated on October 10, 2012 @ 11:42PM
Created on October 10, 2012 @ 7:10PM
Although they live hundreds of miles away a group of students at Georgia Tech have started a nation-wide debate.
They want to give college kids the right to carry weapons at school and they claim it's all in the name of self defense.
"That's not acceptable," West Virginia University Sophomore, Cody Stafford said.
Stafford was one of a handful of students 5 News talked to on Wednesday who are against the idea of students being allowed to carry guns on college campuses.
"There's little kids on campus all the time looking at the college," Stafford said. "What if someone got in an argument, with someone else, and they started shooting at each other and killed an innocent little kid?"
As a public university, following state law, Georgia Tech doesn't allow students to carry guns on campus.
The same applies to WVU, which seems to be a popular decision.
"It's college people get drunk and mistakes are made," WVU Sophomore, Robert Hopkins said. "I think it's just safer not to walk around with a gun."
The students making the push claim they would be better prepared to handle a mass shooting like the one this summer at a Colorado movie theater.
"Those are anomalies that are carried out by people who are demented," Star City Police Chief, Vic Propst said. "I don't feel that having a certain amount of students armed would deter anything of that nature."
According to Students For Concealed Carry, a pro-gun website, 200 colleges already allow students to carry weapons and none of them have reported a gun-related accident.
Despite those statistics students like, WVU Freshman, Christina Cook are okay if guns are kept out of the classroom.
"I just think people should use them to hunt deer," Cook said. " (I don't think they should be used) in public because the shootings have happened before."
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