Thursday, March 5, 2009

Concealed Carry Advocate Interrogated for Supporting Concealed Carry

When Central Connecticut State University communications Professor Paula Anderson assigned her class to give an oral presentation on a "relevant issue in the media" last October, John Wahlberg and two other students decided to discuss the Virginia Tech shooting tragedy, asserting the possibility that it could have been avoided had students and professors been permitted to carry firearms on campus.

That evening, police called Wahlberg into the station and interrogated him on the whereabouts of the firearms he had registered in his name. Professor Anderson, concerned about the nature of Wahlberg's speech, had reported him to the police.

As the article continues:

Robert Shibley, vice president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), said Anderson's actions appeared to be out of line.

“If all he did was discuss reasons for allowing guns on campus, it seems a bit much to call the police and grill him about it,” Shibley said. “If you go after students for just discussing an idea, that goes against everything a university is supposed to stand for.”

This, of course, isn't the first incident of Administrative attempts to suppress 2nd Amendment rights leading to a suppression of 1st Amendment rights as well:

In 2007, Shibley noted, a student at Hamline University in Minnesota was suspended after writing a letter to an administrator arguing that carrying concealed weapons on campus may help prevent tragedies like the one at Virginia Tech. The student was allowed to return only after undergoing a psychological evaluation, he said.

Shibley also cited an incident at Colorado College last year in which campus administrators denounced a flyer as "threatening and demeaning content" because it mentioned guns. He said the students who produced the flyer were found guilty of violating the school’s violence policy, which was added to their school records.

For information on your state's concealed carry laws, visit Students for Concealed Carry's website, which also includes resources for campus leaders to promote 2nd Amendment rights at college. To report a violation of free speech at your university, visit FIRE's website.

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