FIRE extinguishes possible 1st Amendment violation

Thursday, February 14, 2013
 | 
Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

After rebuke from a free-speech watchdog group, a Florida university has relented and allowed students to hold a protest on campus in support of gun rights.

Bonilla, Peter (FIRE)Peter Bonilla of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) reports that when the Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) chapter at Santa Fe College in Gainesville announced its "empty holster" protest, campus police Chief Ed Book said he would draw his firearm on any protestor wearing an empty holster.

"It's a statement that the chief of police later denied making when asked, but it was certainly suspicious enough and raised enough flags for us that that FIRE needed to get in on the ground floor," Bonilla shares.

But he asserts that this is not an unusual type of event to take place on college campuses.

"This kind of protest has been going on at dozens of college campuses over the years, and very rarely is there any sort of case where it gets official pushback from the administration on the basis of its message," the FIRE spokesman details.

In this case, after FIRE got involved, college President Jackson Sasser affirmed YAL's First Amendment rights would be fully protected.

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

What would cause the most political damage in the first presidential debate Monday night?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

Clinton, Trump to meet separately with Israel PM Netanyahu
ACLU: Lafayette 'flag desecration' arrest unconstitutional
2 men arrested, teen detained in California triple slaying
UK financial sector confidence falls further amid Brexit
At least 26 killed in Aleppo as UN meets over Syria
Israeli official: Gaza underground wall to be done in months
Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez dies in boating accident

LATEST FROM THE WEB

New doctor: Hillary has epilepsy
Arnold Palmer, one of the greatest golfers of all time, dies at 87
Frank Luntz: How Trump can defeat Hillary in 1st debate
U.S. Military: We need more troops In Iraq
Homeland Security chair: 'Good chance' mall shooting is Islamic terror

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day

REASON & COMPANY

NEXT STORY
Meteor fallout – a reminder that God is in control