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Armed Officers Stop College Girl from Talking About Gun Rights

Irony alert! A college girl was approached by a school official and a few armed officers for starting a dialogue about gun rights. Now she is filing a federal lawsuit to exercise her First Amendment rights.

Campus Reform reports:

It’s a First Amendment lawsuit about the right to speak about the Bill of Rights.

Nicole Sanders, a political science major at Blinn College, filed a suit against her school last week after being told in February by administrators that “special permission” was required in order to display a gun rights poster and collect signatures for her student group.

The federal lawsuit, sponsored in part by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), contests Blinn’s policy of quarantining free speech on campus to a zone roughly the size of a parking spot. In addition, it seeks to overturn the rule which requires a student to gain administrative approval prior to engaging in free speech activities around campus.

Sanders experienced firsthand how stifling these free speech regulations were when she tried to garner support for a Young Americans for Liberty chapter that she was starting on campus. After an hour-and-a-half of holding signs that showed support for gun rights and other conservative causes, she was approached by a school administrator who was accompanied by three armed officers.

According to the lawsuit, Sanders was told by the administrators that it was unlikely she would be given permission to collect signatures for her club because, among other things, it was advocating for guns on campus.

It’s sad to watch how scared colleges are of open and honest intellectual discussion. By restricting free speech, Blinn College is violating the Bill of Rights and sending a message to its students that dissenting opinion should be shut down, not debated freely.

Higher education used to celebrate diversity of ideas, now it restricts them to “free speech zones” the size of a custodian closet.

Tom Borelli

Dr. Tom Borelli is a Newsmax TV contributor and radio commentator addressing political issues from a conservative grassroots perspective. As a columnist, he has written for The Washington Times and authored articles for Newsmax Magazine, Newsmax Insider and previously was a co-host with his wife Deneen Borelli on the SiriusXM Patriot channel. Dr. Borelli appeared on numerous television programs, including the highly ranked Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Hannity,” “The Kelly File," and "America’s News Headquarters." He has also appeared on Fox Business Network’s “Making Money with Charles Payne” and “After the Bell” as well as TheBlaze TV’s "The Glenn Beck Program" and "Dana!" Prior to working for public policy organizations, Dr. Borelli was a managing partner with the investment advisory firm of Action Fund Management, LLC and a portfolio manager for the Free Enterprise Action Fund (FEAF) where he used shareholder activism to challenge corporations that sought to profit from the growth of government. During his 25 years with the Altria Group, Inc., he built a foundation in public policy and issues management, drawing from diverse experiences ranging from basic research to corporate affairs. Dr. Borelli served as science fellow for the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Science, Space, and Technology during the 100th Congress. Dr. Borelli has also published scientific papers on interferon and human leukemia.

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