Georgia recently passed a bill that would allow law-abiding citizens with concealed weapons permits to carry firearms on some parts of college campuses. What most people see as an affirmation of our 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms, liberals see as a sign of the apocalypse. Former REM singer Michael Stipe worries that the bill will transform lawful gun owners into sexual predators who will use their firearms to rape women on college campuses statewide.
HB 859 was passed by Georgia lawmakers in March and awaits Governor Nathan Deal’s signature to make it a law. Basically, it allows anyone 21 and over with concealed carry license to possess concealed firearms on Georgia college campuses. The exceptions are, no guns in dorm rooms, fraternity and sorority houses, and sporting events.
Writing for USA Today, the McDonald’s of news, Michael Stipe pitched a fit over an inborn and Constitutionally protected right. He starts out by saying that 78% of all Georgians oppose this bill, but the link he provides to this fact tells a different story. Two years ago the Atlanta Journal Constitution did an informal poll and 78% of the respondents said they didn’t favor allowing guns in college dorms. As you can see by the paragraph above this one, HB 859 doesn’t allow guns in dorms so this poll is irrelevant.
After framing his argument with bullshit, Stipe shovels some more manure on the pile:
Like many other Georgians, I am worried about how guns on campus would affect college life. I worry about what it means when loaded guns are allowed at a tailgate where alcohol is being served.
Again, HB 859 does not allow firearms at sporting events. Are there drunken tailgate parties for the debate team or a political science seminar? I think Stipe could allay all of his fears if he just spent 5 seconds reading an overview of the campus carry bill.
Here is easily the dumbest thing the alt-rocker is fretting about:
I’m concerned for survivors of sexual assault, who may soon have to face an armed assailant at the time of the crime and again at their disciplinary hearing.
Most, if not all campus sexual assault falls into the date rape category, in which the victim knows her attacker and usually alcohol is involved. I know this because feminists constantly lash out at anyone who suggests that women could protect themselves against rape by being armed. The point is, that campus rape doesn’t involve armed attackers.
This is also a very sexist notion that only men can carry concealed weapons. Women can carry guns too, and they should to keep from being victimized. The way Stipe put this is that helpless women will be powerless against the male-only concealed weapons club.
And that brings us the final stupid thing in Stipe’s statement. Concealed weapons holders are the most law-abiding people on the planet. I defy him to show an example of a concealed weapons permit holder raping a woman at gunpoint. It doesn’t happen.
Just because the state decides to extend a Constitutional right to college campuses doesn’t mean law-abiding citizens are suddenly going to be transformed into maniac rapists. This is part of the liberal lie that guns turn otherwise good people into dangerous criminals. That’s not how things work. Guns do not possess evil magical powers.
The biggest thing Michael Stipe is missing about the campus carry bill is that it only affects law-abiding students. Bad guys don’t give a shit if the law says they can’t carry a gun on campus. If a criminal wants to do bad things on a college campus, he or she will do those bad things regardless of the law. With HB 859, at least there might be a good guy with a gun who can stop a killer or at least mitigate the body count.