Georgia State Shooting a Reminder That ‘Gun-Free Zones’ Are Not Gun Free

AP/Amarillo Globe-News, Michael Schumacher
AP/Amarillo Globe-News, Michael Schumacher

The March 21 shooting on the Georgia State University (GSU) campus in which two were wounded is a stark reminder that “gun-free zones” are not gun free.

The exchange of gunfire occurred in a parking lot near Piedmont North residence hall after a drug deal erupted into violence.

According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 18-year-old “GSU student Bryan Rhoden met visitors Shelton Torance Flournoy II and Jalyn Isaiah Knight in the parking lot” around 9:30 p.m.

Flournoy is 19, and Knight is 18.

Rhoden allegedly got into the car with Flournoy and Knight. A disagreement then arose, and shots were fired.

Flournoy allegedly shot Rhoden once in the chest with a .22 pistol, and Rhoden allegedly shot Flournoy three times with a .40 caliber handgun. One of the two victims reportedly attempted to flee the scene but collapsed after running a short distance.

Both men are hospitalized “in serious condition,” and both have been “charged with assault, attempted murder and possession of a firearm on campus.”

The GSU shooting comes as Georgia lawmakers are urging Governor Nathan Deal (R) to sign campus carry legislation so that concealed carry permit holders can keep guns with them on campus for self-defense. Opponents of campus carry argue that opening the door for concealed permit holders to be armed will also open the door for criminals to be armed. Campus carry supporters contend that people with criminal intent are already armed and do not adhere to gun-free policies.

AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at