Posted: 9:18 am Friday, January 17th, 2014

‘Dr. Rad,’ psychiatrist and candidate, slams guns-on-campus bill 

By Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy

Branko “Dr. Rad” Radulovacki, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, slipped into his occupational role as a psychiatrist late Thursday and lambasted the state Legislature for its consideration of a bill to permit the carrying of concealed weapons on the campuses of public universities.

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From the press release:

“[L]et’s separate fact from fiction. Supporters of concealed weapons on college campuses claim armed adolescents will be better able to defend themselves against crime. Statistics suggest a more sobering outcome. Odds are, the vast majority of guns fired on campuses will be suicides. And when the shooting stops, our state legislators’ claim to good intentions won’t matter….

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Branko “Dr. Rad” Radulovacki

“Before a substitute bill is hurried through a rushed legislative session, I’ll do the homework for them. We live in a society that often portrays those with mental illness as violent – and the epidemic of gun violence as the inevitable result. That’s inaccurate. Only 5 percent of violent incidents are caused by those with mental disorders. That means those with mental illness are much more likely to be victims than perpetrators.

 “In 2010 (the most recent year for which such data is available), six out of 10 gun deaths were suicides. The same year, 1,100 suicides occurred on college campuses and approximately half involved a gun. Those statistics should be on our minds when we consider tossing guns into the college campus mix with adolescents, drugs and alcohol, loneliness, depression, very little structure, and limited supervision.

“Georgia’s legislators need to listen: When we can foresee that more lives are likely to be lost than saved by the increased presence of guns, it’s time to lay down the weapons and put safety first.”

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An InsiderAdvantage poll conducted for WAGA-TV and Morris News Service indicates that a majority of Georgians favors legalizing medical marijuana and – backing up a previous, larger survey by the AJC – opposes guns on college campuses.

From Walter Jones of MNS:

In a poll conducted Tuesday by automated calling, 51 percent of registered voters said they favor doctor-prescribed medical marijuana “in very specific instances, such as in a liquid form to reduce seizures (in) young children.” The numbers were roughly the same for Republicans and Democrats, but just shy of a majority for people who describe themselves as independents….

When asked for an opinion of allowing guns carried by students and others on college campuses, just 31 percent were in favor and 56 percent opposed.

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Suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis was hit Thursday with a new public-corruption indictment. From the myajc.com article by our colleagues April Hunt and Bill Rankin:

Ellis faces several new charges that drive home earlier charges that he shook down county vendors for campaign contributions and punished those who did not give.

Among the new charges: three counts of perjury linked to denying the strong-arming; a bribery charge accusing him of offering to ease one company’s contract negotiations in exchange for money and cutting off a county contract after learning the vendor, Brenda Cornelius, had criticized him professionally.

But below is the YouTube video that Ellis launched at nearly the same time the new charges were leveled:

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Bobby Cox, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine get Cooperstown. But Saxby Chambliss, headed for retirement, has been inducted into a more exclusive club down in Tifton. From the press release:

“Today, U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., was inducted into the Peanut Hall of Fame by the Georgia Peanut Commission. Chambliss was unanimously selected for this award by the Georgia Peanut Commission for his lifelong contributions to Georgia’s peanut industry and agriculture. Induction in the Peanut Hall of Fame is the highest recognition one can receive from the growers in the state of Georgia.

Chambliss is only the fifth person to be inducted into the prestigious Peanut Hall of Fame Hall. The other members include U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Georgia House Agriculture Committee Chairman Henry Reeves, U.S. Sen. Herman Talmadge and Professor J. Frank McGill.”

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Pete Griffin with the Department of Natural Resources holds a bald eagle during Sportsman and Coastal Day at the Capitol on Thursday. The eagle was rescued 15 years ago after it was shot in Florida. Brant Sanderlin, bsanderlin@ajc.com

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We didn’t see a bat signal, but Gov. Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed put on their best BFF act at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for new Buckhead digs for a company, appropriately enough, named Carter’s.

Deal spoke first, mentioning again the endorsement of Site Selection magazine (though not the publication’s follow-up ratings) and praising the mayor’s leadership. Then came Reed, who declared that he and the Republican were “in lockstep” when it comes to luring new jobs and economic development.

“I can’t say enough about the leadership of Governor Deal,” Reed said.

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It’s possible that message consistency is overrated. We bumped into former congressman Bob Barr, who is making a comeback bid, Thursday morning at a breakfast event sponsored by the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Barr and his campaign manager/son Derek Barr, headed for the elevators at about 9 a.m.

At precisely 10:05 a.m., Barr’s campaign announced a fundraiser next month with Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona – who is not exactly a favorite among Hispanics. From today’s piece by our AJC colleague Jeremy Redmond:

In 2012, the U.S. Justice Department filed suit against Arpaio, alleging his Maricopa County office had discriminated against Latinos with its enforcement efforts. A year later, a federal judge ruled in a separate suit that Arpaio’s office had singled out Hispanics. The Obama administration has also stripped Arpaio’s office of authority to help enforce federal immigration laws through the 287(g) program.

44 comments
Debra Poss
Debra Poss

Many "Thank-you's to Branko "Dr. Rad" Radulovacki, M.D., for helping to clarify the relationship between gun violence and mental illness (that of suicide, not murder), and by pointing out that the overwhelming majority of violent incidents (95%) are caused  by people with no mental health disorders, as well as that allowing guns on college campuses will result in many more suicides.


Dr. Rad tells the truth, rather than what so many want to hear.   Dr. Rad's voice and tireless advocacy are really needed in the U. S. Senate.  www.DrRadForSenate.com


FNA_GodlessHeathen
FNA_GodlessHeathen

The lawmakers of this state has instituted a mechanism where ADULTS who meet certain requirements can carry a concealed weapon for personal protection.  Under the current law this legally armed citizen must surrender that privilege when they enter a college campus.  If the LAC wants to carry their weapon on the way to the college campus, what do they do with it when they get there?

And noone even knows the wording of the proposed change in law yet.  It is not likely going to mandate passing out 357s to college freshmen at orientation.

Chill, Doc.

CharlesHendrix
CharlesHendrix

Reed can not say enough about Deal's leadership because there isn't any. I am sure that is why he said it.

Bernie31
Bernie31

“I can’t say enough about the leadership of Governor Deal,” Reed said.

Every Time I see such an Ignorant and self serving comment it reminds me why I would NEVER VOTE for Kasim REED for anything.
 

Besides Kasim would be Batman's ALFRED instead of Robin.....

uh..huh

Kamchak
Kamchak

Without proper training it is more likely that these weapons will be taken away from those trying to defend themselves.


It is important to note that James Brady and Ronald Reagan were both shot while being protected by the best armed and best trained protection detail on the planet.


Just sayin'.

Ralph-43
Ralph-43

According to a recent Gallup report, Americans age 18 to 29 are the least likely to own guns, with just 20 percent claiming that they do.With less than 5 percent of the world’s population, U.S. citizens now own 40 percent of all firearms in civilian hands. On average guns killed 88 Americans and injured 202 each day during 2011 (N Engl J Med 2013:368:397-399).U.S. firearm homicides are 20 times higher and firearm suicides are 6 times higher than in other developed countries. Gun owners are statistically, significantly, more likely to commit murder and to eventually commit suicide (Univ Penn LDI Issue Brief 2003;8(8), 1-4).These college level young adults know that trying to pull a gun on an armed robber is the best way to get killed.They also know that depression and various forms of rejection can lead this age group to suicidal ideation.Conclusion:only a really stupid person would even suggest that arming college students will improve their safety or well being.Most likely, the students will be smarter than those elected Republican representatives attempting to promote the South’s gun culture.

Ralph-43
Ralph-43

It sounds like the State Legislature needs to stretch out on Dr. Rad's couch.  A good half would benefit from electroconvulsive therapy as well.  Who votes for these incompetent psychoneurotics?

GaBlue
GaBlue

I wish you 24/7/365 defenders of the Second Amendment would stop once in awhile, breathe, and expend some of that effort defending the First and Fourth Amendments. Our gun laws have never been looser. But go protest a bank or other corporate overlord, speak your mind about a legislator in public, or otherwise annoy a cop, and see how little your 1st and 4th "rights" mean in today's world.  :p 

BK37
BK37

I have no issue with guns, but why do some of you pro-gun nuts get all butthurt when you can't carry one each and every place you go?  This reminds me of the story a couple of weeks ago when a bunch of pro-gun people threw a hissy fit about Toby Keith's new restaurant in VA not allowing guns.  


Why in the hell would anyone choose to be associated with Joe Arpaio?

The-Centrist
The-Centrist

Dr. Rad's comments about guns and suicides are right on.  In Utah yesterday,  a cop killed his wife, mother in law, and his kids, then himself.

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57410637-78/boren-police-adams-officer.html.csp

Yeah there are situations where someone uses a weapon to defend his home and protect himself and his family.  More ofthen than not, though, they're used in suicides, or accidental deaths.

We don't need to let college kids pack them around campuses...

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

Dr Rad is right about outlawing guns on campus, while we are doing that, lets outlaw drugs on campus as well. (sarc) 

Likewise
Likewise

Guns everywhere for everyone!

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

Dr. Rad has purposely been ignored by the AJC - except today when he puts out a statement the liberals at the AJC like.



Emily_Covington
Emily_Covington

Right message, wrong race.  Dr. Rad should consider running for State House or Senate where he could actually do something about this issue.

petel
petel

Our legislature is in the hip pocket of the gun lobby, so, of course, they are going to do their bidding, regardless of what makes good common sense.  Research shows that more guns does not mean more safety.  In fact, the opposite is true.

NOlongerRepublican
NOlongerRepublican

Doesn't matter if they are 20, 21 or what Mitchell Brooks...you don't need guns on a college campus where there is already a very dense population with so much stress, alcohol and other issues that will make this a more deadly mix. It is plainly STUPID to make such a move.  You have tempers that go crazy, you have drunk guys that will want to show off and you have lots of depressed kids. Give those more access to guns, whether its theirs, their roommate or whomever, and you have a deadly situation.  Enough with the guns everywhere already! More guns does not equal more safety!

DontTread
DontTread

"Odds are, the vast majority of guns fired on campuses will be suicides."  Does Dr. Rad have a magic crystal ball that can see into the future?


News flash for you, Dr. Rad(ical): the bad guys already have guns on campus, and they could care less about your gun ban, or laws against murder, armed robbery, assault, etc.


Liberals cannot give a logical explanation as to why a decent citizen (who supposedly has 2nd Amendment rights as stated in the Constitution) should be put in jail for defending themselves against a criminal with a gun.  They give the argument that if you outlaw guns (or quit building prisons, or remove mandatory sentencing, or...), suddenly career criminals will magically become nice people or something stupid like that.

Mitchellbrooks
Mitchellbrooks

"armed adolescents" ???

We're talking about 21 year old and older, background check passing, licensed to carry adults here, not adolescents.   How about accurately reporting the proposed legislation for a change. 

Bernie31
Bernie31

@BK37Bob barr thinks The Good Sheriff is WONDERFUL! just like a Majority of the Republican & Tea Party members as well as their millions of supporters.


Joe Arpio is a a SHAME and Dishonor to the True Spirit of America.


uh..huh

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

This is a sockpuppet using multiple screen names including this one very similar to mine.  He is a jerk masquerading leftist.

CharlesHendrix
CharlesHendrix

@RafeHollister Guns are already outlawed on college campuses genius. Idiots are trying to undo that.  Clowns never study facts. They  are not able to comprehend them. Guns on college campuses will not make students safer, it will have the exact opposite effect and the statistical facts prove it.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@The_Centrist "Dr. Rad has purposely been ignored by the AJC" No, actually after you wrote that strongly worded letter about excessive coverage of Dem Senate candidates, the AJC, frightened of offending you, has cut back on its coverage of Dr Rad. Your influence over Political Insider content is frightening. No one should have that much power!

Mitchellbrooks
Mitchellbrooks

Law abiding adults should have the right to defend themselves where ever they might be. Weapons free zones do nothing more than inhibit that right, leaving only the criminals armed. . 

CharlesHendrix
CharlesHendrix

@DontTread Idiot alert. Any fool that throws the word liberal around as much as this clown does, has nothing.  You really think only "liberals" have more sense than you? I would think given how ignorant your posting is, that at least 90% of the population of Georgia has more common sense and intellect than you will ever possess.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@DontTread Thank you for that small glimpse into the workings of the paranoid, frightened little mind of the right wing: "bad guys here, bad guys there, bad people everywhere, must get my gun!

MoFaux
MoFaux

@DontTread I don't know ANYONE who believes the drivel you just typed.

The-Centrist
The-Centrist

"they give the argument"

Make stuff up much? 

MoFaux
MoFaux

@Mitchellbrooks We're also talking about people who have brains that have not yet fully developed.  Your brain does not finish maturing until around age 26.  In many cases, 21 year olds can justifiably be called adolescents, even if legally they are considered adults.  The doctor knows this.  Turning 18 does not automatically transform a human being into a responsible, mature person.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@The_CentristNot to worry, no one is confused over the similar screen names. We know "The-Centrist" is the one posting rational comments.

CharlesHendrix
CharlesHendrix

@Mitchellbrooks "Law  abiding adults" Have the choice to go to school somewhere else. Nobody is forcing them to attend a certain college.  If some sissy is afraid to go to class without a gun, they have more issues than most NORMAL people.  As to gun free zones, as is usual, you do not have a clue. Statistics PROVE that gun free zones are at least 6x safer than being in the general populace.  Only idiots want to see guns on college campuses to "equal" out the likelihood of being a victim of gun violence to that of being in the general public.

Shar1
Shar1

@MitchellbrooksSo allow them in the State House before arming a stressed-out college kid.  Think of all the money we'd save on security, and what could be more appropriate than having a law-abiding, heavily-armed citizen visit his or her representative?  Might make them pay a little more attention to the folks with the weapons instead of those with the cash.


MoFaux
MoFaux

@Mitchellbrooks You DO have the right to defend yourself anywhere you are...just not necessarily with a firearm.  So, you think guns on airplanes are a good idea then?  You know, JUST IN CASE a criminal successfully sneaks one on the plane?

Bulls_3y3
Bulls_3y3

@MoFaux@Mitchellbrooks Were talking about students not you Mofaux.
 

What about the criminals walking around campus?  What is your excuse for them???

CharlesHendrix
CharlesHendrix

up@The_Centrist Give it . You do not know squat about statistics. If you did, you would know that college campuses are some of the safest places in the country.  Do not let facts sway you. That would mean you possessed more than 100 functional brain cells and clearly you do not.

CharlesHendrix
CharlesHendrix

@Bulls_3y3  What criminals?  You do not know squat about statistics do you? It is a FACT that college campuses experience less crime than in the general populace. They are at least  6 times safer than being in  general population areas as a matter of fact.  There are less homicides, less violent crime, less rape,. But some fools think letting kids possess guns on college campuses will better protect them? I know statistics are hard to accept when you have never bothered to do any research past reading the monthly NRA publication but you should try it.  Colleges are currently gun free zones in Georgia. Those in favor of allowing guns on college campus, apparently do not like them being safer than being in the general populace and want guns introduced so it can become equally as dangerous.

MoFaux
MoFaux

@The_Centrist Some?  Remember that guy carrying a concealed firearm when Gabrielle Giffords was shot (and several others killed)?  He was clueless and scared (and rightly so), because he's not a trained professional, and did NOTHING.  In fact, he's lucky he wasn't shot dead by the police for being mistaken as the shooter.  Here, let me fix your sentence:

Some of the annual slaughters of innocents in (defensive) gun free zones could be halted or deterred if there was such defensive means...OR...even more innocent deaths could result...it's a crap shoot (pun intended).

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

Only a small percentage of the population gets a carry permit via an application, background check, and fingerprinting.  Some of the annual slaughters of innocents in (defensive) gun free zones could be halted or deterred if there was such defensive means.

Shar1
Shar1

@Bulls_3y3 With guns on campus banned, police can and do arrest criminals who are carrying guns.  That is how it should be.

MoFaux
MoFaux

@The_Centrist @MoFaux @Bulls_3y3 Right.  So, let's arm everyone, everywhere huh?  Here are but a few of the possibilities when someone robs you at gunpoint:

You pull out your gun and are summarily shot in the face for having done so.

You pull out your gun and shoot the suspect...but he also shoots you in the face and you still die.

You are lucky enough to kill him without being shot yourself.

You shoot at the suspect, but miss and kill an innocent person instead.

The suspect misses you, but kills your buddy, but hey, you luckily just got to kill the suspect, so it's a rosy day now huh?

Notice how most of these aren't positive?  In MOST cases, robberies at gun point end in no one being shot.  All research points to this fact: a robbery victim is more likely to live through the experience by complying with all demands of the suspect without struggling or trying to fight them.

MoFaux
MoFaux

@Bulls_3y3 Ever heard of the police?  You see, there is thing called taxes.  Taxes pay for services like professional police officers.  Police officers' jobs are to go after these criminals you speak of.  Police officers have guns and extensive training.  I'll let them handle it instead of random kids with hair-triggers.  You make it sound like we have an epidemic of college campus murders going on.  Remember, Columbine had armed guards, and that didn't help them at all.  An armed populace of college kids ain't going to be any safer.