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Yesterday, Everytown and the Georgia Chapter of Moms Demand Action Launched TV Ad Opposing Dangerous Bill That Forces Colleges to Allow Guns on Campus
HB 859 Would Ignore 78 Percent of Georgians Who Oppose Guns on Campus
ATLANTA, Ga. – The Georgia chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, today released the following statement in response to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s passage of HB 859, which would force Georgia’s public colleges and universities to allow guns on campus, including in classrooms, libraries, and at most campus events, even at tailgates, ignoring the opposition of 78 percent of Georgians.
“Keeping our college students safe should be among the Legislature’s top priorities, but forcing our colleges to allow guns in classrooms, libraries and at tailgates would endanger student safety,” said Lindsey Donovan, volunteer Chapter Leader of the Georgia chapter of Moms Demand Action. “It should be abundantly clear to legislators—as it is to four out of five Georgians—that guns, alcohol, and college students would be a toxic mix.”
Yesterday, Everytown and the Georgia chapter of Moms Demand Action launched a television ad calling on legislators to reject this dangerous legislation. And earlier this month, members of the Georgia chapter of Moms Demand Action dropped off nearly 2,000 petition signatures to lawmakers at the Capitol with the same message. The Moms Demand Action volunteers—just a few of the more than 120,000 Everytown supporters in the state—delivered the simple message that the safety of students should come before the interests of the gun lobby.
Did you know?
The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs