• Mother whose son was shot, killed speaks out against Georgia 'campus carry' bill


    ATLANTA - A mother whose son was shot and killed near his college campus is speaking out.

    With the Georgia House passing a bill that would allow guns on college campuses, she says it's a recipe for disaster.

    "It's not going to be a good thing,” Cynthia Smith said. “We're going to start seeing more murders on college campuses.”

    Smith is not happy with the House bill that passed Monday.

    Passage of House Bill 859 gets students legally carrying guns on college campuses one step closer to a reality.  

    Smith's son, B.J. Smith, was killed in September 2013 when shots were fired into a crowd of students at Tuskegee University.

    “It's going to be a lot of parents living the way I have to live the rest of my life now with part of my life gone,” Smith said.

    Based on age, maturity and how young people handle altercations, she believes the bill is asking for trouble on state college campuses.

    “The first thing they think of is pulling their gun,” Smith said.

    But students representing campus carry organizations from local colleges see the passage as a step toward a more secure environment.

    "Criminals would no longer see college campuses as an easy place to go commit a crime,” student Luke Crawford said.

    They've spent Tuesday visiting with lawmakers to show them students, in fact, support the bill, which awaits a vote in the Senate.

    “This is something we've been fighting and working for a long time,” Crawford said.

    Smith told Channel 2’s Wendy Corona beyond her son's slaying at Tuskegee University.

    “Then you're going to have more mothers burying their kids,” Smith said.

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