ATLANTA, Ga. – Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund and the Georgia chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a part of Everytown for Gun Safety, today released a new television ad that will air this week. The ad asks Georgians to fight back against HB 859, a gun lobby-backed bill that would defy the opposition of 78 percent of Georgians and force colleges to allow guns on campus.
“To force colleges to allow guns on campus—where we know there is already too much drug and alcohol abuse, not to mention plenty of academic pressures—is a seriously dangerous step for our state,” said Lindsey Donovan, Volunteer Chapter Leader for the Georgia chapter of Moms Demand Action. “There’s a reason why 78 percent of Georgians—including including Georgia’s college presidents and police chiefs who know our campuses best—reject forcing guns on campus.”
Georgia moms have adamantly opposed the gun lobby’s bill throughout the legislative session. Last month, they delivered nearly 2,000 signatures of Georgians who oppose the bill to lawmakers at the Capitol. Moms packed the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing room on Wednesday, March 2, and, with other parents, students, faculty and allies, offered testimony in opposition to the bill. And, for weeks, they have been driving phone calls and emails into lawmakers’ offices.
Recently, those who know campus safety best—Georgia university presidents and campus police chiefs—spoke out against the legislation, becoming part of a growing movement of Georgians who oppose the gun lobby’s misguided agenda because of the danger it poses to Georgia students.
Did you know?
Every day, more than 110 Americans are killed with guns.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. WONDER Online Database, Underlying Cause of Death. A yearly average was developed using five years of the most recent available data: 2016 to 2020. Everytown For Gun Safety Support Fund