University of West Georgia adjunct professor of criminology Jason W. Swindle Sr. says arguments against campus carry are not “based on logic, history, or verified facts.”
Writing in the LaGrange Daily News, Swindle describes his walk from the classroom to the parking lot on dark, cold nights in January and February. He says, “There have been times I wished I had my .38 revolver inside of my jacket.”
He then turned to the newly enacted Georgia campus carry law, expressed his happiness over the law, and pointed out that those who opposed it did not not oppose it with logic. Moreover, he suggested that opponents of the law ignored history and regurgitated a list of worst case campus carry scenarios that have never proven true.
For example he noted that some opponents of campus carry say,
“Adding guns to the ‘college lifestyle’ of drinking and partying would be a disaster.”
He then responded to this claim, saying,
“First, it is unlawful for a licensed concealed permit holder to carry while under the influence of drugs or alcohol... Logic would dictate that these class of gun owners possess the highest level of responsibility and thus would not carry while drinking.”
Swindle then ...drew from his experience in law, his knowledge of criminal cases and repeated exposure to how and why criminals attack, to say:
I have not had to read books, debate ideas, or test classroom theories to confirm that...Like the cheetah that picks out the weakest, youngest, or sickest wildebeest, a rapist, child abuser, armed robber, or gunman will choose the weakest victim(s). A gunman knows that people in Gun Free Zones cannot defend themselves. ... 92 percent of mass shootings in public places between 2009 and 2014 were in GFZ’s.
Swindle also noted that no matter how nicely he presents his arguments,... his support of Georgia’s campus carry law garnered him some Facebook responses that “were not exactly a classy expression of disagreement.”
AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and host of Bullets with AWR Hawkins a Breitbart News podcast. He is also the political analyst for Armed American Radio.