One of the major issues facing students at any in-city campus around the nation is the possibility of outsider crime making its way into the otherwise calm learning environment.
When it comes to Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia, this couldn’t be any more true.
The campus itself sits smack-dab in the center of Atlanta, situated between 10th Street and North Avenue, precisely at the center of the I75 – I85 interstate connector that runs through the heart of the traffic-impaired city.
This means, unfortunately, that the neighborhoods around the historic school have seen their ups and downs over the course of the last few decades, with a massive, gentrifying cleanup from the 1996 Olympic Games having long since given way back to the wilds of the inner city.
Now, as these students face a spike in barely-off-campus violent crime, a sport shooting group at the school is pushing to educate and arm those students who are being adversely affected by this trend.
“Since Jan. 10, there have been seven incidents involving a weapon in Atlanta neighborhoods bordering the school, according to FOX5.
“Rob Montgomery, the vice president of the Marksmanship Club at Georgia Tech, told FOX5he’s upset thieves are prowling campus-area neighborhoods looking to take advantage of college students.
“‘What we really think is the best solution to these problems is to have people properly trained in the use of firearms,’ he said.
“The student club was formed for ‘education and training in firearms safety, discussion of and participation in the shooting sports and related hobbies,’ according to the group’s website. Once a month, the organization meets to plan out activities for a membership ranging from experienced shooters to first-timers.”
Georgia is one of the few states in the nation where students are allowed to concealed carry on campus, so long as they don’t do so in certain, sensitive areas such as dormitories and on Greek organization property.
Even more promising, however, is the fact that the Georgia Tech Police Department have been in on training as well, allowing members of the campus gun club to work with them in threat assessment scenarios that are normally reserved for the officers alone.