Nathan Deal received 100 times more calls, letters against campus carry than for it. Signed it anyway.

As of Saturday, the University of Georgia is no longer gun free. Campus carry goes into effect. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

Gov. Nathan Deal encourages Georgians to contact him, and they did so by the thousands in opposition to campus carry.

But Deal ignored them, signing the controversial bill opposed by the University System of Georgia and campus police into law on May 4. There were a lot of voters to ignore, according to records released this week by Deal’s office.

Between Jan. 3 and May 10, 14,873 calls, emails and letters opposed to concealed carry on the state’s public campuses flooded Deal’s office. During that period, the Governor’s Office reported only 145 calls, emails and letters in favor of campus carry.

Deal received 100 times more missives against House Bill 280 than he did in support of the legislation. Yet, he signed bill.

I asked Deal’s office yesterday for a response. I will share when I get it.

This shows the tally of calls, emails and letters to the governor’s office in May on House Bill 280, campus carry. The very bottom row — the 145 pro and the 14,873 con — reflects all the messages from January to last week. (State of Georgia)

 

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Babs McAdoo
Babs McAdoo

Wee need guns in law abiding citizens gun control doesnt stop criminals.

Sherry Shepherd
Sherry Shepherd

Another Politian that need to vote out of office ASAP

FiftycalTXS
FiftycalTXS

Wow.  Be engrish you second langage?

BD_Barney
BD_Barney

Probably because he realized most of those calls were not from Georgia.  Gun control groups are not shy about encouraging followers to call into states they don't live in to make it appear they are more influential than they really are.

Astropig
Astropig

@BD_Barney 

Bingo!

Total astroturfing.That's why we're reading about it here.It didn't work and the gun grabbers are not able to just move on and let it go.

Good catch.

Dewey Holleman
Dewey Holleman

Here we go, there will be murder on a campus the first year and we will hold a candle light vigil and people will go on not caring the very next day, mark my words. How unfortunate.

BD_Barney
BD_Barney

It hasn't happened in the multiple states were it has been legal for a very long time.

Why do you confuse licensed conceal carry holders with criminals?  That's like confusing a guy at a restaurant drinking a single glass of wine with dinner, with a disgusting DUI driver?

Philippa
Philippa

As one who opposed the campus carry bill and let Gov. Deal know, I can only suppose he is planning to run for a higher office and needs the support of the gun lobby. But he will not be able to wash his hands of blame if some innocent person is killed on campus by a gun carrier, licensed or not.

Astropig
Astropig

@Philippa 

" But he will not be able to wash his hands of blame if some innocent person is killed on campus by a gun carrier, licensed or not."

So you're gonna blame the governor when a criminal pulls a gun and kills someone? 

Do you people even read what you write?

Bill Lanier
Bill Lanier

but did he receive 100 times more money from the others?

Chris Mashburn
Chris Mashburn

Wow how many killings and shootings have happened on campuses that have always allowed guns on campus?

Daniel Pedroza
Daniel Pedroza

With the Orange White House Squatter and the his NRA buddies in town, what alt-right deals wouldn't have signed Deal? Yeah, how about we start teaching gun safety in the maternity ward just so that we could satisfy gun loonies once and for all? Let's hand babies a silencer instead of a pacifier from now on! Deranged!

Cody Nathaniel
Cody Nathaniel

Georgia has been a red state, regardless of who is in office. Welcome to the American south. Don't like it? Move.

Daniel Pedroza
Daniel Pedroza

"Don't like it, move" \U0001f602\U0001f602 "Intelligent" reply only a segregationist deplorable could spew. By the way, I hope you are managing the southern symbols of hate's removal just fine... Welcome to the new South, \U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f60e

Richard Grayson
Richard Grayson

How many of the messages were from registered voters from within Georgia?  How many from outside Georgia tried to influence the decision?

Astropig
Astropig

@Richard Grayson 

" How many from outside Georgia tried to influence the decision?"

Most of the calls were from outside Georgia.They were part of an organized campaign that failed.

Bill Wilkins
Bill Wilkins

Heard the results of a survey last week. The safest most law abiding group in the country are concealed handgun license holders.

RoyalDawg
RoyalDawg

You people lost the debate, give it up already!


Maureen, is there nothing else about which you can write?

Juan Disquegulf
Juan Disquegulf

You need to be 21 to purchase a handgun. You also have to be 21 to carry. Most seniors are 21-22. Grad students? Over 21/22. That's pretty much all of who may carry if they've gone through the protocol to carry. When attending GA State, I carried in my bag. It was illegal to carry on school grounds but I did it anyway, reasoning I'd rather be judged by 12 than be 6 feet under. Campus police along with APD were, and continue to be, a bad joke but even if they were adequate, one must remember that when seconds count, the police are mere minutes away. I walked to school past housing projects on DeKalb and was regularly taunted and threatened for the color of my skin. That is a fact and one that the ivory tower elite white libs didn't care about because, well, they could afford to park at GA State - I couldn't. I didn't come from the right socioeconomic background. I still feel to this day I have the right to defend myself despite the cries of the rich white liberals. Let them be attacked for the color of their skin, not have access to health care, and see how they feel about it. That simply was my reality as an undergraduate student, and to some extent, as a post-grad student at GA State. Moreover, when MARTA allowed legal carry, the same hyperbole driven propaganda pervaded the debate. The Left claimed MARTA would become a shooting range. Want to know what happened in the eyes of this MARTA user? MARTA got safer. No joke.

LoxNotGlocks
LoxNotGlocks

Hey, how come the part of Georgia that's "protected" by 600,000 licensed gun toters has a homicide rate 20 times greater than college campuses? 

Georgia state homicide rate: 6.1

Georgia campus homicide rate: 0.3 

(avg. rate / 100,000 population, 2005-2014 / FBI UCR, DoED) 


Astropig
Astropig

@LoxNotGlocks 

" Hey, how come the part of Georgia that's "protected" by 600,000 licensed gun toters has a homicide rate 20 times greater than college campuses? "


Because there are criminals walking the streets.Stop coddling them and support people that are trying to live within the law.

Jeffrey Harris
Jeffrey Harris

One party control at the gold dome.. and all in business with the NRA

Tommy Jones
Tommy Jones

Calls don't fund grift, the NRA does.

Cody Nathaniel
Cody Nathaniel

#constitutionalcarry It's your right. #keepcalmandconcealcarry

Barbara Pittman
Barbara Pittman

Who wants to concentrate on what "nut" has a gun instead of his/her studies? (Background check or no background check). Who, in the first place, comes up with these thoughtless ideas? Whoo...Whoo....Whoo???

Cody Nathaniel
Cody Nathaniel

common sense. Responsible gun owners will CC regardless of policy. If called out and asked to leave, most of them politely oblige. Some will raise a stink and call for boycott, but by and large it's a peaceful interaction. If you live in GA, there are constantly people around you, who are armed with the intent of protecting themselves and others (INCLUDING YOU). Most of the time you have no idea because we don't go flashing it everywhere. They're just now getting the legal protections they deserve.

Tommy Jones
Tommy Jones

The adorable thing is when they think they are going to stop a mass shooter.

Eric Jackson
Eric Jackson

There are those that are willing and able Mr Jones. When you grow up, you will understand the feeling.

Tommy Jones
Tommy Jones

Training is key. I'm trained. Most of these morons are not. When you grow up, you'll realize real life is not an action movie.

Sandra Pierce
Sandra Pierce

The thing is that here Yes a lot of people do have Guns even people that shouldn't have Gun do too!!

class80olddog
class80olddog

Where were all these "majorities" when elections were held and elected the State congressmen who voted in the law? Perhaps the "silent majority" won?

Wanda Jones
Wanda Jones

He's doing his donald trump impression. Sign whatever you want to because you can. Signing orders into law the people voted against.

Daryl Smith O'Hare
Daryl Smith O'Hare

I wrote my Senator John Albers my concern and found his vote in favor a disgrace to the constituents he serves. Robo reply as usual. It's time people vote out the representatives who will not listen to reason. Educators, students, universities, and law enforcement were opposed to it. John Albers claims to support law enforcement, but he just made their jobs more difficult. Meanwhile, my own children are forced to look out-of-state when their tuition was going to be free. Please elect people who put our families first!

Anju Hoda
Anju Hoda

After all the school shootings, how could he approve this?! Goes to show you he does not have our children's best interests at heart. What is the benefit of this move?

BD_Barney
BD_Barney

Because you are confusing law abiding people, willing to go thru training and extra background checks, with crazy people.

You don't assume that every black person walking down a street is a criminal do you?  Same goes for here.

Donna Davenport Smythe
Donna Davenport Smythe

No surprise? Ben, I beg to differ. We must be surprised. We must be furious. Our outrage is critical to the future of our democracy. Deal sold out the safety of our children, while we begged him to protect them. We cannot accept moneyed, special interest politics as business as usual.

Lurah Houghtaling
Lurah Houghtaling

Our highly trained police who take continuing refresher courses at times get it wrong when using deadly force. How can we trust our young who may take gun safety courses or may just get a gun out of the household to carry? What protection do we have from the young who don't know what is what? How can they when trying to do the right thing, know when to draw and fire? Will they be able to get it right? Will they save a life or take one? Will they end up in jail because they tried to do the right thing? Will it be your son or daughter who wanted to get an education who never comes home?

Cody Nathaniel
Cody Nathaniel

Quit fear mongering. These are all hypothetical. Composure and common sense.

Omar K. Ali
Omar K. Ali

I'm gonna stop you right there, with the Highly Trained myth.

Lurah Houghtaling
Lurah Houghtaling

Fear mongering??? Who pushed the bill through by creating the fear of violence on our campuses? Kids killing kids happen more often on our streets then our schools. The real danger is untrained kids with guns wherever you find them. My children are grown. My grandchildren will be going to colleges. All of my grandkids hunt and all have been doing so for years with their dads. And I own a gun. It's not guns I fear its stupidity.

Cody Nathaniel
Cody Nathaniel

Also, you have to be 21 to purchase/legally own a handgun. That's not a "kid" that's a young adult.

Lurah Houghtaling
Lurah Houghtaling

Haven't met too many 21 years old who were ready to take a life. Unless they are enlisted. And how many kids do you know who have access to a gun who are not 21? Think just because they are too young to legally carry...they won't?

Debby Lint-Barajas
Debby Lint-Barajas

100xs more calls against it, wonder how many $$$ he got to pass it!!!

Scott Wood
Scott Wood

The general assembly Passed It. The general assembly who was elected by the residents of Georgia. Deal just signed it. Despite the precedent set by Obama and furthered by Trump, this isn't Pen and a Phone dictatorship.

Rick Ray
Rick Ray

\U0001f633\U0001f633 Well...the state should at least make gun safety a required course for all graduating high school students. The gun thug culture is getting out of hand...\U0001f633\U0001f633

Eric Jackson
Eric Jackson

Heck yeah, gun safety and training in high school. I love that idea.

Cody Nathaniel
Cody Nathaniel

i'm totally ok with that. I had the benefit of growing up in the south with a hunting family. i've been around guns my entire life. never shot anyone, never pulled a gun in anger, never "accidentally" discharged a weapon. I knew where they were. there were no trigger locks. i was taught to respect them for what they were. i was taught that they are not toys.

Eric Jackson
Eric Jackson

Schools used to have shooting teams. Lucky turds.

Sandra Pierce
Sandra Pierce

I live here and I think that the College kids needs to learn safety instructions on handling a Gun first and foremost, Yet I don't think that the ideal of them caring a Gun is a Good ideal, bcoz they can be Robbed of there Gun too!!