Last night Charleton Heston spoke at my school, American University, in Washington, DC. I consider myself a conservative; I shoot and hunt and generally support the NRA and am willing to engage in discussion or even debate on the issue of gun control.
A lot of people protested Heston last night. I am all for the First Amendment as well as the Second, but there’s a line between protesting/voicing your opinion and being obnoxious. Wearing stickers or signs is fine. Screaming and blasting air horns in front of TV cameras is not conducive to a rational exchange of ideas, it’s just plain being an asshole.
The protesting group handed out flyers that day with the headline “NRA SUCKS” and proceeded to label the organization as “racist, sexist, and homophobic,” with nothing substantial to back it up. To my mind this indicates that the authors of this whole thing have not put the thought into this that they should have, and would rather make noise than advance their cause. I mean, how seriously can you be taken when your chief slogan is as childish as “NRA NOT”??
You know, I almost went to school in Boston, and one of the reasons I didn’t was because I thought I would be frustrated with the politics there. I figured DC would be a more even mix. Well last night, about a third of the crowd at the speech was sympathetic to Heston, and I think those were all the conservatives on campus. From what I hear this is the trend at campuses across the country.
So here’s my question: Are there any conservative colleges around? And does anyone else support my opinions here (not on gun control, but on protesting)?
I wanted to post this in Great Debates, but wasn’t quite sure if it qualified.