Sunday, January 11, 2009

No Right to Carry...a Loaded E-mail?

After SFL announced the venerable Keynote Speaker Robert A. Levy, I got to thinking about gun rights on campus. I know at Cornell (that quaint campus surrounded by reality, as the saying goes) one never spoke of such a thing. The idea of a law-abiding citizen carrying a firearm was just not something an Ithacan would do, not to mention the fact that it would be an individual right instead of increased gun control. Students living in crime-ridden neighborhoods certainly have a different point of view, and I can tell you here in DC that the effects of DC v. Heller will not be felt if the government has anything to do about it. It's frustrating to say the least - this fine city only listens to the Supreme Court when it's convenient.

This news story from last year caught my eye as a memory of just how ridiculous some universities can be. What kind of an administration suspends a students because he writes an e-mail saying it might be a good idea for students to be allowed to carry a hand gun?!?! Granted this guy is clearly not what I personally would call a model citizen (see: prejudiced language), but that's only my opinion, and certainly not grounds for suspension and a mandatory mental health exam. You agree? Funny...the university did not. Instead, they suspended him and never told him details of his charges or accusers!

You've got to hand it to these schools for displaying the utmost in logic and individual rights. If a student writes an e-mail with racist and anti-Semitic language, it stands to reason that he will act on these feelings (not threats) and go on a shooting rampage. Obviously.

It's a good thing FIRE jumped on the case, but this sort of blatant disregard for freedom should never be present in our education system. Why do we fight for liberty? Just like Voltaire said: I may not agree with a word you say, but I will defend to my death your right to say it.

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