There is a wide array of responses to campus activities in support of the Second Amendment, but they tent to have one item in common.
Gun control advocates want to shoot down the First Amendment privileges for gun supporters.
Jessica Johnson, a University of Arkansas student, has this report from her school in The College Fix.
A gun battle of sorts at the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville recently ended in favor of those who prefer to be unarmed.
For the second time in less than a month, bills that aimed to revoke the campus’ “gun-free zone” status failed to gain enough support to pass muster with the school’s student government, despite a large contingent of students who favored the pro-Second Amendment rights measures.
On Tuesday, University of Arkansas’ student government voted down a gun resolution that sought to allow those with concealed-weapons permits to bring guns on campus.
The development mirrored votes on Jan. 28, when the student government also shot down bills that aimed to pressure campus administrators to allow students and faculty the right to defend themselves on campus with the same conceal and carry license laws recognized across the state.
Arkansas colleges are left with the discretion to allow or prohibit guns on campus, and Fayetteville does not.
The rejected bills were sponsored by student Sen. Joe Youngblood, a junior majoring in criminal justice and sociology, who said he represented hundreds of students and plenty of faculty who wanted their constitutional rights on campus restored.
“I have received tons of support and e-mails from staff and faculty,” Youngblood said in an interview with The College Fix. But he added that support is not always as apparent as he would like.
“I think a lot of the people that work here are concerned as to their job security, advancements, and having a stigma put on their name should they show public support for (gun rights),” he said.
Youngblood said his largest support group was Students for Conceal and Carry, which has more than 300 members. He said he was also backed by a College Republicans group, and received letters and e-mails from teachers and staff in support of his efforts.
Youngblood said he was prompted to sponsor the measures after fielding requests for action from fellow students.