Tuesday October 17th, Georgia Tech YAL tabled to spread the word about the second amendment, and to try and dispel the myth of America’s ‘Gun Violence’ epidemic. In the wake of the recent Las Vegas shooting, and the subsequent discussions of further restrictions to our right to bear arms by those in Washington, we felt that a voice for liberty was necessary to speak for the second amendment. We created a large poster with some notable stats and figures relating to gun deaths and gun violence in the United States, as well as about the lack of effect gun control has proven to have across the country.
The response by the student body we spoke to was varied, and much of it very passionate. Many students told us that they were glad somebody was standing up for gun rights in a culture where they aren’t a popular thing to support. Some students, many of whom come from outside the US, were simply curious about the reasoning behind the second amendment, the details of existing gun laws, and just how much of a gun violence problem we have (or as we pointed out, don’t have).
On the other side of the scale, were a series of people with no interest in constructive conversation or discussion. We had curses thrown at us several times by passerby’s, and even a few professors (who wasted no time telling us about how they have it in Europe where they were from) who seemed astounded that anyone hadn’t bought into the myth of America’s gun violence epidemic.
It was, on the whole, a very successful event. After 4 hours of tabling, we received 19 signups, and talked to many people about an issue that doesn’t normally have a voice of liberty involved in the conversation.