The power of a sign and a clip board

“It is often easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.” -Grace Hopper

Recruiting for Young Americans for Liberty at Blinn College turned out to be much more than expected. As we were waiting for college approval, we wanted to stir things up a bit on campus and get the word out about YAL. Two students each holding up a sign, one saying “LOL” with the Obama campaign logo replacing the “o.” The second sign read “Defend Gun Rights on Campus.”

Nicole Sanders

We needed to get some attention, and what better way to do that than to talk about guns in a small Texas town. We were outside for about an hour and a half and had a large amount of students interested in what we were doing. There was not a whole lot of traffic but we did manage to get about 40 sign-ups.

Once we were finished and ready to leave a lady from the student office, Sherri Rich, accompanied by three Blinn police officers approached us. Mrs. Rich stated that she received an email by someone who was offended. She then went on and said that we would need to get special permission to talk to students on campus and that she didn’t think that kind of permission was possible it get.

Because we recorded the incident, Kaitlyn Schallhorn, from Campus Reform wrote an article about what had happened. From there, Western Journalism and a gun rights website also picked up the story.

Young Americans for Liberty at Blinn College is just getting started. Our club was approved later that week, we are holding our first tabling event March 6 and our first meeting is the following Tuesday. We have 1,000 “know your rights” cards and are going to saturate the campus with them. If the college had an issue with a sign, wait until they see what we do next.

“The question isn’t who is going to let me. The question is who is going to stop me?” -Ayn Rand

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