The Miami Hurricane reported on October 30, 2020 about an incident where University of Miami College Republicans were instructed by a university official to remove a sign that read “I’m pro choice. Pick your gun,” as they tabled outside on October 29.
The sign depicted several kinds of firearms, which included an AR-15. This image triggered a number of students at the university.
“I do feel like there is a time and a place,” declared UM senior John Cuddihy. “That’s where I think maybe it was too much on a college campus…I think there’s a distinction between glorifying assault rifles and just being pro-gun in general.”
UMCR President Andrew Hefley recounted that while the Republican group was tabling, they were informed by the Director of the Student Center Complex in a call that their sign represented a violation of university policy.
“I’m very confused because it’s just pictures promoting the Second Amendment,” he said.
Other students were of the opinion that UMCR was intentionally stoking political tension.
“They are purposefully making the campus an uncomfortable place to exist,” UM student Nathaly Gonzalez said.
The use of political ads on campus has been a topic of contention among members of UM’s student Senate. Some Senate members want stronger regulations on ads in order to protect the sensitivities of certain members of the student body.
“A sign that might perpetuate fear of racism, certain inherent feelings that they might feel unsafe, minority groups, people who identify a different way… I think that’s when the discussion comes in of whether a sign should be put up in the first place,” commented Eaton Residential Senator Ishaan Chatterjee.
UM President Julio Frenk recently sent out an email statement in response to a Trump campaign sign being vandalized. He reaffirmed his support for students to place political ads on campus.
The email was titled ”A Message on Mutual Respect” and in it Frenk declared that UMCR was peacefully exercising their free speech rights and criticized the act of vandalism.
“This is an unacceptable act of disrespect, and those found responsible will be held accountable,” Frenk wrote.
Universities are getting out hand. As bastions of leftist thought, both administrators and their radicalized student bodies look to stymie any thought that challenges leftist orthodoxy.
At the pace the U.S. is going, advocating for the Second Amendment on university campuses will soon become prohibited by school authorities on the grounds of being “insensitive.”
Democrats Introduce Expanded Background Check Legislation
Democrats are going to implement a background check which targets “extremism.”
Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy and California Congressman Mike Thompson brought forward legislation on March 2, 2021 that aims to broaden the federal background check system on firearms sales, according to a report by The Hill.
Under The Background Check Expansion Act, gun sales and purchases between all unlicensed sellers and buyers would be subject to a mandatory background check. The background checks would not be applicable for law enforcement officers, lending out firearms for the purpose of hunting, temporary transfers for self-defense, or family members gifting a firearm.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and 43 Senate Democrats have co-sponsored this bill. Thompson, who is the chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, reintroduced this legislation in the U.S. House
“For years, the bipartisan House-passed background checks bill languished in the Senate under Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. Now, with Senate Democrats in the Majority, we have the opportunity to act on this overwhelmingly popular, lifesaving legislation to protect American communities,” Schumer declared in a press release.
According to a CBS News report, President Joe Biden has repeatedly called on Congress to pass stiffer gun control laws. This gun control bill will not pass so easily given how it will need 10 Republican senators to vote in favor of it.
Against the backdrop of the January 6 storming of the Capitol, such a background check will likely feature provisions that target so-called “extremists.” The ruling class has routinely lumped average gun owners with domestic extremists and will most certainly use recent events to justify encroachments on people’s right to bear arms.
Biden is a veteran of the gun control movement, as evidenced by his sponsorship of the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 and the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban. With Democrats in control of all branches of the federal government, they will certainly move to pass gun control. However, their success is not guaranteed due to moderate Democrats like Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema and West Virginia Joe Manchin not being completely receptive to radical gun control that could alienate them from their more right-wing constituents.
Nevertheless, the Left has shown that it’s willing to act regardless of the political context. Keeping this in mind, gun owners must be ready to beat back any kind of gun control coming from D.C. Such fights will allow the Right to rebuild its forces and make a splash in the 2022 midterms and the 2024 presidential race.
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