Students, Hooch and Shooting Irons

As a follow-on to my last post on the sad realities of gun politics, here’s a fascinating dispatch from my home state of Georgia, fast becoming a wingnut paradise to rival South Carolina or Kansas, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution‘s Jim Galloway:

One of the stranger sentiments coming out of our conservative Legislature this year – the House, specifically – is that on college campuses, guns and alcohol are an appropriate combination.

Two weeks ago, on the same day, the House gave its approval to H.B. 512, the gun bill that would allow concealed carry on college campuses, and H.B. 517, a measure to permit grocery and convenience stores to sell beer and wine adjacent to college campuses.

On Tuesday, a House committee took a much more narrow Senate gun bill, and largely repeated itself. Bars and courthouses were removed as legitimate concealed-carry territory. Churches would be opt-in only.

But there was no attitude adjustment when it came to university campuses. Possibly, episodes like the suicidal student at the University of Central Florida, found armed to the teeth with drums of ammunition and explosive devices, may simply be considered part of a new curriculum.

Ugh.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.