YAL makes a splash this week at Kent State

Pictures of our appearance in two local newspapers in one week:
http://imgur.com/a/kHPle

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” -Edmund Burke

…and let them not say we did nothing here! This week was an exciting start to the school year and our resurrection of Kent State University’s Young Americans for Liberty chapter. We started the week by rolling out a Free Speech Beach Ball (provided by the Leadership Institute) onto the “K” in front of the Student Center. This area of campus is very high traffic and we had an incredible turnout, with 183 signatures on our Free Speech petition and close to double that amount in participants. The next day we had a follow up meeting with five new members. We also made the front page of the local newspaper, the Record-Courier.

On Friday night, word spread that a gun rights advocacy group would be doing an “Open Carry Walk” through campus on Saturday to challenge the university’s unconstitutional firearm policies. The walk had previously been done at other Ohio universities with great press coverage. YAL sprung into action, quickly organizing five members to walk with the group in solidarity for their cause. Our chapter President even purchased holsters for everyone to wear, showing the administration that our right to self-defense and the 2nd amendment is more important that hurt feelings and safe spaces (despite the fact they were not allowing students to participate while armed). Our members encountered counter-protestors and emotions were high, many students felt that the firearms walk was disrespectful to the four students that lost their lives on May 4th, 1970. A small clash between our members and protesters at the site of the May 4th shootings made the Sunday-edition of a larger local newspaper, the Akron Beacon Journal. The event is being discussed heavily on the university’s social media groups.

I am incredibly excited about the press and student participation we received this week, especially for a chapter that just submitted its Constitution for official recognition on Wednesday! We had a ton of fun and showed the university that we would continue to push the limits of their unconstitutional policies. We will be heard, seen, and feared this year. YAL IS BACK! 

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