Atlanta-area college presidents join fight on gun control

by: Scott MacFarlane Updated:

Atlanta area college presidents Lawrence Schall, Oglethorpe University, and Elizabeth Kiss, Agnes Scott College, are joining dozens of other college leaders nationwide in publicly asking for new background checks for gun buyers and a ban on high-powered weapons, and high-capacity ammunition holders.

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is on the road promoting proposed new gun control laws while some Atlanta area college leaders are in Washington, D.C., asking Congress and the federal government to stiffen federal gun laws.

Members of Congress are expected to formally propose new gun restrictions this week.

Atlanta-area college presidents are joining dozens of other college leaders nationwide in publicly asking for new background checks for gun buyers and a ban on high-powered weapons, and high-capacity ammunition holders.

December's mass shooting at a Connecticut school helped motivate the college leaders.

"We have four kids that went to that elementary school. There was something about that, that has got people demanding action," Lawrence Schall, president of Oglethorpe University, told Channel 2's Scott MacFarlane.

"The proposals are sensible. They're not Democratic partisan issues. They're something in which we can find common ground," Agnes Scott College President Elizabeth Kiss said.

College presidents have been actively lobbying for gun control since years before the Newtown school massacre.

But after the mass shooting at Virginia Tech University, there's been a fierce fight over whether more college students or security should be armed to prevent future campus shootings.

Atlanta college leaders are now the latest to face off against the National Rifle Association, which opposes those background checks and ammunition restrictions.

"Law-abiding gun owners will not accept blame for the acts of violent or deranged criminals, nor do we believe the government should dictate what we can lawfully own and use to protect our families," said NRA Executive Vice-President Wayne LaPierre.

A House bill will be formally introduced to make trafficking guns a federal crime, another of the laws for which Georgia school leaders are lobbying.

 


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