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Campus carry has become the law of the land for public colleges in Tennessee yesterday, and could become law in Georgia as soon as today.

A bill allowing staff and faculty at Tennessee’s public colleges and universities to be armed on campus became law on Monday without Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s signature.

Haslam said in a statement that he disagreed with the bill for not allowing campus leader “to make their own decisions regarding security issues on campus.”

But the governor acknowledged that the final version of the measure had addressed concerns raised by college administrators, with provisions protecting colleges from liability and a requirement to notify law enforcement about who is armed on campus.

The Tennessee law limiting campus carry to faculty and staff with state-issued handgun carry permits is more limited than a bill awaiting a decision by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal. That measure would allow anyone age 21 and up to carry a concealed handgun on campus with the proper permit.

While the delicate sensibilities of university Marxists professors, administrators, and campus cops have been clearly rattled by the advance of campus carry around the nation, and there have been the usual hysterical claims that there will be “blood in the streets” once students can legally carry guns on campus, there is no rational reason to feel that concealed carrying students will be any more of a threat on campus than they are everywhere else.

The reality of the matter is that there have always been concealed handguns on college campuses, especially in Southern states where there is something of a tradition of fathers sending their daughters off to school with a small handgun, “just in case.”

In my own college years, I was aware of no fewer than three people who suggested that they carried concealed handguns on campus. Two of the three were female graduate students who had night classes. They sometimes had to park in parking lots well away from their classroom buildings, or on nearby residential streets in a part of town where crimes—including strong-arm robbery and sexual assaults—were not infrequent. I also rather strongly suggested that one of my professors carried a firearm thanks to her tell-tale bag choice, but I wasn’t going to ask her. It was her human right to be armed for her self-defense.

Campus carry will be implemented in Tennessee (and eventually in Georgia, whether Governor Deal wants it or not), and then you know what’s going to happen?

Pretty much nothing.

Concealed carriers are the most law-abiding subset of society.