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    10/3/2013 1:28:49 PM Posted by Patrick Coyle

    YAF TCU FlyerBy Kathleen D'Urso

    When our Young Americans for Freedom chapter at Texas Christian University (TCU) was considering which speaker we would host this fall, we discussed several topics that we thought would resonate on campus. Our club immediately decided that we needed to do an event that focused on the Second Amendment. Our student body, which is 60 percent female, receives frequent emails about cases of sexual assault and robbery that happen both on-campus and a few feet away from campus.  After doing some research, we found that there is a concentration of sexual predators who reside within a few miles of our campus.  Taking all of this into consideration, we decided to ask Young America's Foundation speaker Bay Buchanan to address the importance of Second Amendment rights and how they impact our campus.

    As we began advertising our event, we noticed that school administrators were rejecting or ignoring our requests to distribute our flyer to academic departments and post it on school event pages and other outlets.  The reason for the rejection became clear when we confronted the administration. They informed us that our event could not be advertised because of "gun references."  In reality, our flyer had a picture of an antique shotgun on it. 

    We complied with the administration, sacrificing our flyer for a much more generic, less appealing alternative just so our event could be put on event calendars and other marketing outlets controlled by the school.

    We also planned to have a raffle for students to win a concealed handgun training class if they were over 21.  Winners would be announced after Bay's speech, which would encourage a larger attendance of our event.  This initiative was rejected by our school because "it exclude[d] students who are under 21."  We realized this was a valid point, and decided to raffle a shotgun training class for anyone over 18 instead. 

    This was also rejected, making it clear the school's issue had nothing to do with age requirements.  We were told to consider other, "less dangerous things like paintball."  This is ironic, seeing that a game of paintball is much more dangerous than a shotgun training class with a licensed professional and paper targets.  TCU's alternative suggestions not only have nothing to do with our event, but are a clear demonstration of liberal bias and suppression of discussion surrounding the Second Amendment. 

    As a last stitch effort to compromise, we asked if we could raffle off Skeet Shooting--something many students at our school enjoy.  This was also rejected, and we were told that we couldn't do "anything that has to do with guns whatsoever."

    I am shocked by the degree of political correctness shown by administrators on this issue. Our school has one of the top rifle teams in the nation, as well as a large population of students who enjoy hunting, sport shooting, and support the Second Amendment.

    Kathleen D'Urso is the chapter chair of Young Americans for Freedom at Texas Christian University

     

    • Readers' Comments

    • Kathleen, Nothing Wrong with what you did! it's the same old political correctness CRAP!! if I were a student again I'd be the first in Line! The second amendment needs to be told & retold Over & over again! some People want to "be cool" & follow the Anti- Gun Crowd including, Professors & Admin I've shot firearms from age 7 ( a 100 yrs back! (ha!) Hollywood can kill everybody with every thing under the sun, But to present a wholesome introduction to shooting LIKE YOU ARE TRYING TO DO....your some kind of evil or something!! Don't be discouraged!! from your article I'm reading, I"m sure there are students who will stand with you, esp. one of the best rifle teams in the country. Keeping Fighting!! THERE WILL BE PEOPLE WHO WILL COME AROUND! THE SHOOTING SPORTS & THE 2ND AMENDMENT ARE TOO PRECIOUS NOT TO KNOW & ENJOY! DANIEL BOYER : Friend YAF
      Posted by Daniel Boyer on 10/03/2013
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    • 821foz Major thanks for the article.Thanks Again. Really Great.
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