Blacklists Are Not the Answer for Ideological Diversity on Campus

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AUSTIN, Texas -(Ammoland.com)- In keeping with our organization’s long-held stance of promoting free and open expression, Students for Concealed Carry does not endorse Turning Point USA’s recent effort to blacklist college professors who oppose campus carry.

As a nonpartisan organization, we believe that even those who do not endorse our views on concealed carry may still offer valuable instruction inside the classroom.

Placing professors on a blacklist does no favors for our movement, the broader gun rights movement, or any other political movement.

Demonizing professors who are “anti-gun” or who do not wholly endorse our views is unlikely to spur the type of dialogue that was so critical in passing Texas’ campus carry law in the first place.

The sum of a person’s knowledge and character is greater than that person’s position on a single issue.

We wouldn’t want Professor Joan Neuberger, co-chair of Gun Free UT, seeing our names on a list of Texas license to carry holders and making a snap decision about us, and we don’t think it’s right that her name was added to a watch-list that might encourage someone to make a snap decisions about her.

Brian Bensimon, Southwest regional director for SCC, commented, “We at SCC understand the frustration of trying to get through to professors who live inside an ideological bubble, but we believe that putting those professors on a McCarthy-era style blacklist serves only to widen the gap we’ve been struggling to close.”

RELATED:

“A Refresher on the Case for Campus Carry in Texas”: http://concealedcampus.org/2016/05/a-refresher-on-the-case-for-campus-carry-in-texas/

SCC’s Oct. 2, 2015 – Nov. 3, 2016, Texas press releases and op-eds: https://www.scribd.com/document/319141232/Texas-Students-for-Concealed-Carry-Campus-Carry-Press-Releases-Op-Eds-Oct-2-2015-Nov-3-2016

SCC’s 2015 Texas legislative handout (includes Dec. 9 – May 22, 2015, press releases and op-eds): https://www.scribd.com/document/255815743/SCC-s-2015-Texas-Legislative-Handout

All SCC statements regarding the campus carry policies proposed by UT-Austin: https://www.scribd.com/document/317821607/Texas-Students-for-Concealed-Carry-Press-Releases-Regarding-UT-Austin-s-Campus-Carry-Policies

 

About Students for Concealed Carry:

Students for Concealed Carry (SCC) is a national, non-partisan, grassroots organization comprising college students, faculty, staff, and concerned citizens who believe that holders of state-issued concealed handgun licenses should be allowed the same measure of personal protection on college campuses that current laws afford them virtually everywhere else. SCC is not affiliated with the NRA or any other organization. For more information on SCC, visit ConcealedCampus.org or Facebook.com/ConcealedCampus. For more information on the debate over campus carry in Texas, visit WhyCampusCarry.com.