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  • Michael Stipe Writes Op-Ed Calling For Veto of Georgia's 'Campus Carry' Bill

    Tue, 26 Apr 2016 11:23:03

    Michael Stipe Writes Op-Ed Calling For Veto of Georgia's 'Campus Carry' Bill -

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    Michael Stipe has written an op-ed in USA Today, asking Georgia's governor Nathan Deal to veto a bill that would allow students to carry guns on college campuses.

    Rolling Stone summarizes the bill's history, "In March, the Georgia Senate passed House Bill 859, also known the "campus carry" bill, which would allow anyone 21 and over with a weapons license to carry firearms anywhere on public college or university campuses except dorm rooms, fraternity and sorority houses and sporting events. The legislation has since been awaiting Deal's signature to pass it into law."

    The former R.E.M. singer writes, "Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal will soon decide if Georgia colleges and universities will be forced to allow hidden, loaded handguns onto campuses across the state. If the governor signs the bill on his desk, he'll be going against the 78% of Georgians who say they oppose guns on campus, as well as a host of college administrators and prominent student and faculty organizations that have spoken out against the bill.

    For me, this battle hits close to home. I met my future R.E.M. bandmates when we were all students at the University of Georgia in Athens. It was there that we started playing together and performing and years later, several of us still call Athens home."

    "If House Bill 859 is signed into law, Georgia would become the ninth state to allow "campus carry," while another two dozen states allow individual campuses to decide their firearms policy, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes. However, University of Georgia president Jere Morehead has already spoken out against the bill, as have student leaders at Georgia Tech," Rolling Stone reports.

    You can read the whole op-ed here.

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