Phi Beta Cons

Hamline U. Student Suspended for Beliefs Regarding Guns

FIRE has a really Orwellian new case. A student at Hamline University responded to an official school pronouncement regarding the Virginia Tech shootings by saying that he thought that lifting the prohibition against allowing students to carry concealed weapons might help to prevent such tragedies in the future. For having written that, he was declared to be in violation of the university’s judicial code for his “threatening” behavior. The student was told that he’d face suspension unless he agreed to a “mental health evaluation.
Brian Doherty of Reason discusses the case here.
Is
this an instance of stupendous overreaction by a university administration, spooked that anyone who mentions guns favorably has to be examined? Or is this an instance of the abuse of power by officials who saw a chance to slap down a student for having the temerity to voice an opinion they dislike? Is it some of both?

George Leef — George Leef is the director of research for the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy.

Most Popular

Elections

How Will the Senate Races Break?

How will the Senate races break? We have less public polling to go on than in recent years, so answering that question is harder than ever. But the news is more optimistic for Republicans than it was a month ago.   Waves and Breakers Four years ago, I projected in mid September that if “historical ... Read More
U.S.

The Media Fell for Elizabeth Warren’s Spin

Do you want to know what media bias looks like? Earlier today, Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren released DNA test results that confirmed that she misled employers, students, and the public about her Native American heritage for years. Bizarrely, all too many members of the media treated the results as ... Read More
U.S.

Native Americans React to Warren’s DNA Test

Many in the Native American community reacted angrily Monday after Senator Elizabeth Warren released the results of a DNA test showing that she has a distant Native American ancestor. Warren has long said she is part Native American, prompting mockery from Republicans and President Trump, who nicknamed her ... Read More