The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is trumpeting the results of their latest poll indicating that 54% of Georgia voters oppose allowing concealed carry on previously gun-free college campuses with only 43% supporting. While that’s an accurate analysis of the current numbers it doesn’t tell the whole story, specifically the trend established by a similar poll by the same organization three years prior.
In 2014 the AJC poll indicated that 78% of voters opposed campus carry, with only 20% in favor. The latest poll shows a 23 percentage point increase in support and a 28 percentage point decrease in opposition, a significant trend seeming to indicate that Georgia voters are warming to the idea.
Campus carry has been a popular topic for gun rights supporters who believe that the right to keep and bear arms enshrined by the Second Amendment shouldn’t stop at the boundary of a college campus. The belief is that placing an armed individual in an active shooter situation could save lives by ending the incident quicker and provide added security for the other students. College campuses across the United States have been slowly moving in that direction, allowing concealed carry in isolated instances. There have been no instances of accidental or intentional shootings by concealed carry holders on college campuses since relaxation of the policies, an indication that the worst fears of gun control activists are unfounded.
Texas is the latest state to permit concealed carry on college campuses. Despite heavy opposition from some teachers and students the law will remain in place through at least the next two years. The hope among gun rights folks is that the practice of carrying at school (by properly licensed individuals) will become common and accepted, eliminating the taboo currently associated. Polls like the one in Georgia indicate that the more colleges make the swap, the more that change influences other states to join.