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The Folly and Immorality of Campus Carry   Leave a comment

Above:  The Flag of Georgia

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On July 1, in the State of Georgia, the new “campus carry” law will go into effect.

As long as this law (as well as the previous, vetoed version) has been on the legislative table, it has concerned me.  I, as a classroom instructor on a university campus, have become jaded about postsecondary students overall over the years.  This fact, added to my negative view of human nature (depravity as objective reality, not an article of faith), has caused me to conclude that this law is a recipe for very bad–even lethal–results.

The version of the law that passed the General Assembly and received Governor Nathan Deal’s signature does include certain exemptions, such as residence halls, sports venues, day care centers, and offices.  But what constitutes an office?  This matter is not always clear for certain employees of the University System of Georgia.  Another exemption is any classroom in which, at the time, a dual-enrolled high school student is present.  Yet, if a high school student not dual-enrolled is present in that classroom, that space is not exempt from the “campus carry” law.  Furthermore, any common space–such as a dining hall or a lobby–is a space in which someone with a concealed gun permit may legally carry a concealed gun, even if a high school student is present.  Regarding sports venues, guns are forbidden there, but, as of today, there will no University System of Georgia policy allowing the posting of signage indicating this.  Drunken tailgaters outside the sports venues will have the right of carry guns, however.

This morning I attended a town hall meeting led by the university chief of police.  He, for professional reasons, did not express his opinion.  He read the text of the law and of the statement from the office of the Chancellor of the University System.  He also went over established questions and answers.  Many of the answers were indefinite, indicating that the University System had yet to provide guidance regarding that particular circumstance.  Then the chief answered new questions.  As I listened intently, I became more concerned.  Professors and staff members asked about their particular and practical circumstances, ranging from chemistry labs to testing centers to the blurring of the lines between common space and office space in the library.  The chief had no answer other than the University System had yet to provide guidance.  After the meeting I heard some professors indicate that they were going on the job market.

The chief will lead more campus town hall meetings–later this month and again in August, as the University System offers more guidance.

Those who voted for this law and the governor who signed it did not think through the plethora of details sufficiently.  They created a huge mess, one that is leading campus police departments to develop programs to train faculty and staff to talk down armed and emotionally disturbed students.

I am cautious by nature.  For this reason I tend not to make wild predictions or embrace conspiracy theories.  I do make two predictions, however:

  1. Lawsuits will ensue as the University System offers guidance, faculty and staff members follow it, and individuals carrying concealed guns object to the rules, claiming that these rules violate the law.  The United States does have a litigious society, after all.
  2. More than one person will die or suffer injury because of this law.

Legislators and the Governor will be morally responsible for those deaths and injuries.

The gun culture is alive and well in the State of Georgia.  For example, we have a law permitting people to carry weapons onto church property unless the church forbids it.  Fortunately, the Episcopal Dioceses of Georgia and Atlanta have such a ban.  I reject the idea that the answer to the problem of gun violence is more guns.  Adding guns to the equation makes as much sense to me as pouring gasoline on a fire and mistaking the gasoline for flame retardant.

May God deliver us from ourselves and each other.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 1, 2017 COMMON ERA

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Posted June 1, 2017 by neatnik2009 in Education, Political Statements

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Looking Back at the Past   Leave a comment

I worked as a Master Control Operator at WUBI-TV, Baxley, Georgia, from October 1996 to June 1998.  WUBI was a UHF station affiliated with the WB when I began to work there.  The owner switched to UPN during my tenure.  Today the station is WGSA, Savannah, a CW affiliate.  Things change.

I did my job of putting programming, advertisements, and public service announcements on the air well and with pride.  Yet this position, like so much else in life, had a proper season.  I knew by the Spring of 1998 that I would have to leave the Baxley area in June, so I tendered my two months’ notice, out of maximum courtesy for my employers.  I thanked them for everything, assured them that I would be on the job until the last minute, and offered to help train my replacement.

I did not foresee that the owners would sell the station less than two weeks before my announced departure date.  The new owners were gracious enough to let me stay on for a few days, however.

Last weekend my parents and I were back in Baxley briefly, for my niece was getting married.  (It was a glorious wedding!)  The hotel was walking distance from the former television station building.  So I walked there.  The site has been abandoned for almost thirteen years, and I had not looked upon the structure for almost twelve years and eleven months.  The grass was tall, one satellite dish was gone, and the old WUBI sign was still there, bearing years’ worth of rust.  Yet I can still recall the internal arrangement of the building.

I felt odd standing in front of my old workplace.  Yet I knew that it was properly in my past.  The future beckons, and I look forward to it.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MAY 18, 2011 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF MALTBIE DAVENPORT BABCOCK, U.S. PRESBYTERIAN MINISTER AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF SAINT ERIK IX, MARTYR AND KING OF SWEDEN

THE FEAST OF SAINT JOHN I, BISHOP OF ROME

THE FEAST OF TAMIHANA TE RAUPARAHA, ANGLICAN MISSIONARY IN AOTEAROA/NEW ZEALAND

Posted May 18, 2011 by neatnik2009 in Various Memories and Opinions

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