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Florida College Suspends Student For Range Picture

From Bearing Arms:

The picture wasn’t actually threatening. It wasn’t the kind of pic I personally approve of, really. Muzzle discipline is a thing, after all, but she at least kept the booger-hook off the trigger, which puts her leaps and bounds over some. There was no menace to the picture unless you were actively trying to find it.
So, they suspended her.

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Campus Carry Costs Were Exagerated

From Guns.com:

In an agency fiscal note from the UT system to lawmakers, the school estimated a cost of $39,327,319 over six years to implement the practice, including an outlay of nearly $10 million the first year. Most of this was associated with adding another 52 full time security employees and expanding surveillance camera networks.

Now, budget information from about 40 colleges and universities across the Lone Star State shows that combined cost to implement the new law that took effect last month was just $955,000, typically spent on signage, The Dallas Morning News reported.

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Adm. McRaven Doesn’t Want Students Carrying Guns

From The Daily Texan:

“I’m a big second amendment guy, you know; I’m a strong supporter,” McRaven said. “But my position today — I’m an educator. As I look across the students and the faculty and the administrators and the staff and their concerns that they have voiced to me about this creating an unsafe environment with more guns on campus, it’s hard for me to support campus carry when I see their concerns.”

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Professor Suing Missouri University For Second Amendment Rights

From The Washington Times:

A University of Missouri professor is filing a lawsuit against the school for prohibiting guns on campus, in what is aimed to be one of the first tests of the state’s newly amended constitution that provides for “strict scrutiny” of gun restrictions.

Royce de R. Barondes, who is an associate professor of law at the University of Missouri, is challenging the campus’ policy that “the possession of firearms on university property is prohibited except in regularly approved programs or by university agents or employees in the line of duty.”

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Georgia: Poll results show most in state want illegals barred from public colleges

By BLAKE AUED – Athens Banner-Herald

“Two-thirds of Georgians want to bar illegal immigrants from attending the University of Georgia and other public colleges, even if they pay out-of-state tuition, according to results from a recent poll.

Sixty-seven percent of people polled last week by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research for the Georgia Newspaper Partnership favor a law requiring proof of legal residency to attend a Georgia college or university, while 22 percent opposed such a law and 11 percent were undecided.

“We have a finite amount of classroom seats,” King said. “It’s always been a mystery to me for seats to go to people who are deportable at any time and cannot work upon graduation when unemployment is 10 percent.”

Illegal immigrants take spots that rightly belong to Georgians, Deal spokesman Brian Robinson said.

http://www.macon.com/2010/09/20/1271249/poll-results-show-most-in-state.html

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Tucson School District courses in Mexican-American studies “Raza Studies” promote anti-Western Civilization ideology?

“The superintendent of the Arizona Department of Public Education says his agency will consider a refusal by the school district in Tucson to videotape its “Raza studies” classes as evidence the district is “deliberately” concealing its agenda.

The state had asked Tucson, in view of a new state law that takes effect at the end of this year that bans promoting to students “the overthrow of the United States government” and other issues, to record its “Raza” classes this fall to document what is being taught.

No, said Tucson officials.”

H.B. 2281 bans classes that ‘promote the overthrow of the United States government’ or ‘promote resentment toward a race or class of people’ because schools should treat all pupils as individual Americans.

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Minnesomalia?

Separation of church and state seems to depend on your religion.

Where Christianity is concerned, the colleges go to great lengths to avoid any hint of what the courts call “entanglement” or support of the church. Yet a MN college is planning to install facilities for Muslims to use in preparing for daily prayers, an apparent first at a public institution in Minnesota.

Separation of church and state is clearest at colleges during the Christmas season.

Last year, one college’s authorities caught a rule-breaker red-handed. A coffee cart that sells drinks and snacks played holiday music “tied to Christmas,” and “complaints and concerns” were raised, according to a faculty e-mail. College authorities quickly quashed the practice.

They appear to take a very different attitude toward Islam. Welcome and accommodation are the order of the day for the college’s more than 500 Muslim students. That same MN college has worked with local Muslim leaders to ensure that these students’ prayer needs and concerns are adequately addressed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BVyKPYM2cw&feature=related

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Update: Families of students sue school district over American flag T-shirts/Cinco de Mayo incident

From left, Daniel Galli, Austin Carvalho, Matt Dariano and Dominic Maciel - sent home from school on Cinco de Mayo because they were wearing American flag T-shirts. Photo by: Gilroy Dispatch file photo

“Live Oak High School students …were sent home from school on Cinco de Mayo because they were wearing American flag T-shirts. Three families sued the school district.

The parents of three of the four boys…filed a lawsuit today against the Morgan Hill Unified School District, Principal Nick Boden and Assistant Principal Miguel Rodriguez for violating their First and Fourteenth Amendment rights.

“The families are hoping to have their Constitutional rights vindicated,” their attorney William J. Becker Jr. said Wednesday by phone.

The lawsuit, Dariano v. Morgan Hill Unified School District, “seeks nominal damages” Becker said, which is symbolic. The plaintiffs are not seeking monetary damages or an apology. It’s whether or not Live Oak or any other school in the United States recognizes their duty to not infringe on students’ First Amendment rights, Becker said.”

http://www.gilroydispatch.com/news/266724-families-of-live-oak-students-sue-school-district-over-cinco-de-mayo-incident

It is a shame that whoever sent these boys home from Live Oak High School could not have been more culturally tolerant. Why couldn’t they have respected the values and the fundamental human right of expression due these young men?

It’s sad that, just because of the color of their skin, and because their cultural heritage did not include Cinco de Mayo, that school officials felt compelled to send the boys home.

I had hoped we were becoming a more tolerant nation than that. Hopefully someday this nation will fundamentally change and everyone will be able to express their views, regardless of their skin color and culture.

But weren’t they inciting trouble? Stirring up angry reactions? No, the way I see it, the responsibility to control angry reactions lies with the person who’s getting their feathers ruffled. Just because I don’t like something you say doesn’t mean I can react violently or cause trouble. It’s up to me to exercise self-control.

Here’s the way it works in America: people get to say what they think. I don’t get to shut them down if they say something that hurts my feelings or insults me. Think how much more boring Leno and Letterman would be if that were true.

What would Jon Stewart or Glenn Beck say? We’d have dead air. Now there’s change you can believe in; everybody just hush for a while.

“Oh, we can’t say that on air; it might hurt someone’s feelings or offend them.” That doesn’t stop anybody from openly expressing their views. Unless of course, you’re pretty sure someone might shoot and stab you for saying something they don’t like, and you know it could happen because it’s already happened over and over again in Europe.

Then it’s best if you forget freedom of expression, slink away with your tail between your legs, and not air that particular South Park episode.

Good for the families for not letting themselves be intimidated. Good for them for not backing down. Good for them for not going after big bucks in this lawsuit. It’s not about money it’s about principles and values they are willing to fight for.

The warrior spirit is alive and well in Morgan Hill – don’t mess with them and don’t mess with the first amendment.

Funny thing, though: I wonder why the ACLU didn’t jump in on this one? Aren’t they the true defenders of civil liberties in America? Huh. I guess it depends on which slice of America you fit into.

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