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Fordham University Student Banned from Campus, Punished by School For Lawful Gun Photo

He didn’t do anything more than post a rifle picture and a photo of David Dorn.

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New York City’s Fordham University is punishing a rising senior at the school for little more than posting a legal rifle picture on social media to express his support for the Second Amendment.

Dean of Students D. Keith Eldredge banned Austin Tong from even appearing on campus for two Instagram posts. In the rifle picture in question, Tong is holding his legally owned AR-15 rifle, which is modified to be fully compliant with New York’s gun laws. The picture is captioned with ‘Don’t Tread on Me,’ and #198964, a reference to the Chinese government’s persecution of political dissidents at Tiananmen Square.

Tong also shared a picture of murdered Saint Louis retired police captain David Dorn, who was shot and killed by a criminal looter while trying to secure a friend’s small business during the area’s George Floyd riots.

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Tong was confronted with a letter from Eldredge informing him that he was being investigated for alleged “violation of university regulations relating to bias or hate crimes, threats/intimidation, and disorderly conduct.

Tong was later adjudicated to be “guilty” of supposed university crimes, on the mere basis of his two slightly conservative and milquetoast Instagram posts, after declining to attend a formal interrogation hearing at the University. He’s hence been banned from so much as appearing on campus, representing Fordham in any capacity until his graduation, and holding any leadership role in a campus club.

Tong has described his support of gun rights and the Second Amendment as inherent to his experience as an immigrant from China. Speaking to Campus Reform, he’s describing Fordham’s arbitrary sanction as ‘Soviet-style interrogation and punishment.’ “I want to honor the memory of an important Chinese Democracy Movement and the appreciation of the right to bear arms in America… As an immigrant, a big beauty of America to me is the right it gives its citizens to bear arms, not only to protect themselves but also to keep the government in check.

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education has reached out to Fordham, demanding that the university rescind its ridiculous punishments against Tong for little more than gun pictures and memorializing David Dorn.

America is under attack. Americans are being silenced. I hope to use my punishment as a milestone and reflection of the constitutional crisis we are facing today as a society. Coming to this country as an immigrant, one would think that America is a nation of law and free speech. Yet that is no longer the case…Not simply did Fordham University break its promise and punish me, but it signaled to students nationwide that free speech is a political trap that will destroy you,” Tong told Campus Reform.

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If Democrats Win, Will Guns Sales Go Through the Roof?

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No matter who wins in 2020, the biggest story of this election cycle has been the record levels of gun sales.  In a piece titled “Guns Sales Break Records With Gun Control Legislation Likely If Democrats Win”, Newsweek highlights the meteoric rise of gun sales in 2020 and how these sales will only go up under a Biden administration.

It’s likely that a Biden win on November 3, 2020 will give life to gun control measure such as universal background checks, assault weapons bans, and national gun buybacks. Scott Reeves of Newsweek noted that “coronavirus pandemic, urban riots and the likelihood of increased regulation if the Democrats win the White House, regain control of the Senate and hold the House” have led to the unprecedented firearms sales.  A Biden win would only accelerate this trend, as people become frightened by the prospect of gun control.

Through September, background checks recorded by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) reached 28.826 million. This total surpassed 2019’s record of 28.369 million, representing a 28 percent increase, according to the FBI report. As of September 30, Illinois was leading the nation in background checks with 5.6 million. Reeves noted that other states such as Kentucky (2.364 million) checks, Texas (1.730 million), Florida (1.386 million), Indiana (1.203 million), California (1.187 million) and Pennsylvania (1.030 million), were also experiencing significant upticks in gun sales.

Since NICS came into effect on November 1998, a total of 361.830 million background checks for all purposes have been completed since the program began in November 1998.

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Zogby Analytics provided some more data showing how enthusiastic Americans are about buying guns:

Zogby Analytics in Utica, New York found that the number of gun owners increased 3.9% between October 2019 and October 2020 to 31.3% of the population. The number of individuals in a household keeping a gun at home, work, vacation cottage or club for personal protection, hunting or target shooting increased 7% to 42.2% in the last year. Membership in the National Rifle Association, a gun rights advocacy group, increased 6% to 17.7% in the last year, Zogby’s polling found.

“While there is fierce debate in Washington D.C. and among voters about what certain types of guns and accessories constitute ‘assault weapons,’ adults in the U.S. are buying and keeping more guns,” Jonathan Zogby declared.

Josh Horwitz, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, an anti-Second Amendment organization, is of the opinion that uncertainty brought about by the Wuhan virus pandemic, riots, and the election are contributing factors to the rise in gun sales.

“Typically, gun sales rise in times of fear,” he said to Newsweek. “We live in a time when there’s a lot of fear, including fear that there might be more gun regulation with a Democratic President and Democratic majorities in Congress. And, there’s been a lot of unrest.”

Americans actions speak louder than their words. Even if Joe Biden does the unthinkable (and the very unlikely) by winning on November 3, his administration will encounter stiff resistance from gun-owning Americans across the political spectrum.

 

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