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InfoWars.com reports:

Media analyst Mark Dice has once again documented how many young Americans are completely disconnected from reality, capturing California college students signing a fake petition to imprison all legal gun owners in concentration camps and even to have them executed.

“We just want to make sure we disarm the citizens. We can trust the government to be the only ones with guns,” Dice said to students on campus in San Diego, while they unquestioningly signed the petition to “repeal the Second Amendment.”

“These peasants don’t need guns,” Dice stated, adding “we want to put all registered gun owners in prison,” prompting one student to reply “Yes, it’s too dangerous” for people to own guns.

“It’s just a simple repeal of the Second Amendment and we’ll be terminating and executing all of the gun owners,” Dice told another signatory who replied “OK, thank you,” and walked off.

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During a recent debate on the Second Amendment, Stanford University law Professor John Donohue said it’s unrealistic to think the U.S. military would ever turn on U.S. citizens, and those who think it’s possible are overimaginative.

“It’s fanciful to think that guns in the hands of citizens acts as a realistic check,” Donohue said about the Second Amendment as a means to resist tyranny, adding: “They’re not really trained to do so. And it’s fanciful to think that the military would ever turn on U.S. citizens.”

The comments were reported on by Devon Zuegel of the Stanford Review, who noted that Donohue is widely known for his criticism of John Lott’s book More Guns, Less Crime.

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A pro-Second Amendment rights group in Florida has sued the University of Florida, contending its campus gun ban is unconstitutional.

“Florida Carry, Inc. has today filed a lawsuit against the University (of) Florida, seeking a permanent injunction to protect the rights of students, faculty, and the public from the university’s illegal and unconstitutional regulations prohibiting firearms and weapons on all university property,” its website states.

“Any public college or university which attempts to restrict the statutory and fundamental right to keep and bear arms in Florida is subject to enforcement actions by organizations such as Florida Carry.”

Florida Carry won a similar case against the University of North Florida in December.

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OPINION: Women Deserve Better Than Liberal Label

“Independent. Active. Adventurous.”

Those are three terms the Denver-based magazine 5280 reported in its December article titled Colorado Women as “quintessential” ways to describe the fairer sex who call this beautiful state home.

As a woman born and raised in Colorado, I agree. They describe Colorado women not only accurately, but intimately.

Colorado and Western women are no pleasant Southern belles, nor do we relate to the provincialism of our Northeastern female counterparts. We’re just made of that Rocky Mountain rugged charm, where ChapStick counts as lipstick. And we make it look good, too.

We wear flat boots and look just as sexy as in any pair of high heels. We can survive blistering cold winters and wilderness. Some may wonder whether we have chill in our veins. We keep ‘em wondering.

We pride ourselves on ingenuity and state with certainty Colorado has led the way the way for women.

The article mentions Eliza Routt, who in 1893 as the wife of the first governor of Colorado – a Republican – was the first woman to register to vote, among a long list of noteworthy philanthropic accomplishments. She also founded an orphanage and helped build a women’s home.

But there was a troubling trend among the more modern females featured in Colorado Women, which included nods to: Congresswoman Diana DeGette; former Congresswoman Patricia Schroeder; Roxane White (chief of staff to Gov. Hickenlooper); former Secretary of State Madeline Albright (who spent her teen years in Denver); Katherine Archuleta (the first Latina to lead President Obama’s campaign as a national political director); state Rep. Rhonda Fields; former state Sen. Evie Hudak; and state Sen. Morgan Carroll, president of the Colorado Senate – just to name a few.

What do these women have in common? They’re ALL liberal Democrats.

There wasn’t one explicit Republican woman mentioned save former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, who received her bachelor’s and PhD from the University of Denver.

In presenting the history and the women in the article, one label that the magazine implied is that Colorado women, in addition to being “independent, active and adventurous” are also all “liberal.”

That’s where I draw the line.

5280 (a nod to Denver’s elevation of 5,280 feet) in its list of accomplishments among Colorado women praised the anti-gun legislation pushed by Democrat representatives in the state.

However, when did infringing on a woman’s right to self defense become something worth praising?

What’s more, our strong Colorado Republican women weren’t even mentioned for their efforts in bringing up this point. As Western Regional Vice Chair for the College Republican National Committee (CRNC) and Chairwoman of the Colorado Federation of College Republicans, I had a front row seat to see many women leaders in this state fight for their Second Amendment rights this year.

I work with young Colorado women all the time who are conservative, libertarian, Republican – and just plain tired of being pigeonholed, in Colorado or across the nation. But that gets ignored, swept under the rug. Women aren’t supposed to be conservative, you see. And those who are get mocked, a la Sarah Palin. (So much for women treated equally.)

The article mentioned that the main two female representatives who pushed the anti-gun legislation received death and rape threats, demonstrating the difficulty women have serving in public office. I am completely appalled and condemn those who sent such threats to Rep. Rhonda Fields and Sen. Evie Hudak.

Yet, it’s wrong for the magazine to praise these women without telling the whole story, such as when state Sen. Hudak deprecated rape victims who testified against these bills last session.

Hudak was the one who infamously told a rape victim she didn’t need a gun to prevent rape.

Amanda Collins, a Nevada woman who was raped while walking to her car at the University of Nevada-Reno, had testified against the concealed carry ban on Colorado campuses, claiming she could have protected herself against her assailant if she had been carrying. But because of the university’s no weapons policy, Collins was not in possession of her firearm, although she did have a concealed carry permit.

Sen. Hudak’s reply was unbelievable: “I just want to say that actually, statistics are not on your side even if you had had a gun.” Hudak went on to say that according to the Colorado Coalition Against Gun Violence, “for every one woman who used a handgun to kill someone in self-defense, 83 women were murdered by them.”

Actually, the statistic Hudak presented was falsely quoted.

According to the Violence Policy Center study, which analyzed the 1998 FBI statistics, “for every time a woman used a handgun to kill an intimate acquaintance in self-defense, 83 women were murdered by an intimate acquaintance with a gun.”

What type of woman does this? Simple, one politician, and others of similar ideology, who have an interest in regulating women’s lives and defense choices rather than empowering them.

As a Western woman, and a native Colorado woman, I pride myself on being independent, active, adventurous, and a feminist on the Right.

I may be in a man’s world, but I certainly don’t have to accept that narrative. It’s time that women stood up and demand to lift the liberal brand off by the media rather than continue to be subjected to it. 5280 did a disservice to all of its readers, not the least of which its female ones.

We deserve more than a liberal label.

Fix contributor Aslinn Scott is a student at CU Boulder.

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Do women really feel so threatened in their daily lives that they want to wear – literally – a modern-day chastity belt? Apparently so.

A company that fundraised over the last two months on Indigogo.com raised nearly $55,000 – $5,000 more than its requested amount – to develop and release a product that will do just that. They call it “AR Wear.”

“It is, in fact, anti-rape wear,” one of the founders says in a video on the website. “The product is designed to present a substantial barrier to sexual assault.”

Citing a first date, clubbing, an evening run, or traveling in another country – even going so far as to mention women who are drugged or passed out – the underwear, which looks like boxer-briefs but also come as shorts, will “frustrate an attack” and is “resistant to cutting and pulling,” the video asserts. The signature piece is a combination lock mechanism the size of a small button that secures the underwear’s “reinforced skeleton structure.”

It’s designed to be “a clothing line offering wearable protection for when things go wrong,” the company states. The video markets the idea that women can wear these underwear and shorts and still participate in normal activities. (Insert sarcastic “yeah, right” cough here).

AR Wear designers say they hope to protect women from rapists, though the campaign recognizes that this product will not solve the problem of rape.

Its creators say they want to give women and girls more control over their bodies if they are assaulted, yet on their website they discount real empowerment by pointing out that self-defense methods such as martial arts, pepper spray, tear gas and guns, are not always effective in deterring attackers.

What’s more, most rapes, especially in college settings, take place long after things have gotten hot and heavy, as studies show the majority of victims ages 18 and 29 have a relationship with their attacker. My best guess is what most qualifies as “rape” on college campuses nowadays takes place after the panties come off willingly.

Meanwhile, the anti-rape prototype has made headlines across the globe this fall, and many college newspapers have also weighed in as well. In one of the best campus write-ups on the product thus far, Emily Eldridge of the Ohio-based Miami Student newspaper sums it up as follows:

The Washington Post asks if this anti-rape wear is feminist. The Guardian wonders who would ever donate money to this kind of product.

And a UK newspaper called The Telegraph said in an online article that there are three problems with the undergarments: One, men get raped too. Two, why is it the woman’s responsibility to prevent being raped. And three, just because they can’t get your pants off doesn’t mean you’ll be OK.

And finally, a Slate.com article is full of satirical commentary. Author Amanda Hess writes, “After all, nothing makes a woman feel comfortable in her own body like a constant physical reminder that she’s expected to guard her genitals against potential sexual assaults at all times.” …

These things can’t look good under a slim-fitting dress or pair of skinny jeans. And if you forget the combination, you’re literally stuck.

But looking a bit deeper, I want to ask when it became the woman’s responsibility to guard areas of her body with a “bulky vagina plate?”

Like Emily, I take issue with this invention. But I have a different take.

Instead of some kind of cosmetic fix for rape, as this hopes to be, there should be a bigger discussion about self-defense in the form of concealed carry laws on campus.

A lot of people, women especially, fret at the thought of carrying a gun, however I see that as the best and most effective way to defend yourself.

In a culture where people are scared of their own shadow, we think we are not responsible enough to own and safely carry and use a firearm, when in reality this kind of anxious thought process is what leads us in the direction of a nanny state that we’re headed in.

My family raised me with the idea that no one except for myself is responsible for my safety in any regard (physical, financial, emotional, etc.), and that we don’t live in a perfect world where everyone is nice and will do no harm.

I think that coming generations are being raised with the opposite idea, and instead of being taught how to properly defend themselves are told to wear uncomfortable underwear, protect their vaginas under lock and key, and cross their fingers that it successfully “frustrates an attack.”

Thanks, but no thanks. I’ll take a pistol.*

Fix contributor Katie Jones is a student at University of Arizona.

*NOTE: I do not have my own firearm yet, though I have been trained with many different kinds. I plan on getting my own when I turn 21.

IMAGE: AR WEAR

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Texas Christian University officials refused to allow a conservative student group to distribute fliers promoting its pro-Second Amendment event through official school channels because it had a picture of an antique shotgun on it, The College Fix has learned.

What’s more, school officials refused to allow the group – Young Americans for Freedom - to raffle off various gun-safety lessons as a prize at its Wednesday night event, which featured Bay Buchanan, a prominent conservative political commentator and U.S. Treasurer under President Ronald Reagan.

All this at a school that has one of the top rifle teams in the nation, as well as a large population of students who enjoy hunting, sport shooting, and support the Second Amendment, said junior Kathleen D’Urso, founding chairwoman of the 2-year-old campus group.

“I really think it’s just politically correct,” D’Urso said Thursday in an interview with The College Fix. “They are really worried about how people are going to react, even to an image of a gun. Frankly, it’s shocking to me, and it’s wrong.”flierTCU

D’Urso said school administrators rejected the flier – which included pictures of Buchanan and Reagan imposed over an American flag with an antique shotgun below their images and the words “fully loaded” - because of its gun references. Students were allowed to hand it out physically, but administrators would not distribute it to academic departments nor post it on official school websites, she said.

Administrators also refused to allow the group to hand out either a free concealed handgun training class, a shotgun training class, or a skeet shooting gift certificate as raffle prizes.

“They just shot us down, told us … we can’t do anything with guns whatsoever,” D’Urso said.

The school does not allow guns on campus, but the private Fort Worth-based campus is located in an area frequently hit with armed robberies and with a very high concentration of registered sex offenders, she said, adding the topic Wednesday night was an important one for the campus to address.

But the campus group resorted to handing out cookies to audience members instead of a raffle prize, which D’Urso said hurt attendance. Organizers hoped for 100 people to attend, instead only about 45 showed up. D’Urso said she felt censored by campus officials.

“Bay’s speech was received really well, she answered a lot of questions about guns on campus and stats,” she said. “(But) I am frustrated. This event wasn’t supposed to advocate guns on campus, we simply wanted to open up a discussion on 2nd amendment rights.”

Reached for comment Thursday, Texas Christian University officials defended their decisions, saying they tried to work with the students, offering to print fliers for the group or post the event on an official campus Facebook page if the students would remove the gun image from the flier.

As for the raffle prizes, campus spokeswoman Lisa Albert said in an email ”gun promotion is contradictory of the university’s policy to carry on campus.”

“The marketing and communication team, as well as student affairs staff, offered several alternative options for publicity to the student group, and we did allow the event to take place on campus,” Albert said. “The root of much of the issue is that allowing promotion of an event with guns sends a mixed message to campus since we do not allow guns on campus.”

“We are mindful that students have a right to gather and dialogue about ideals and beliefs that they support,” Albert added. “That is a big part of what being at a university is all about. However, those dialogues and discussions should be managed in a tasteful manner that does not offend or alarm other students, faculty or staff or members of our surrounding community who have differing viewpoints. Producing a poster with a rifle on it and the words ‘fully loaded’ can certainly cause alarm in today’s environment.”

Patrick Coyle, executive director of Young Americans For Freedom, said he strongly disagrees with how campus officials handled the situation.

“The obstacles conservatives face to advance their ideas is widespread,” he said Thursday in an email to The College Fix. “This incident is another example of a school administration bowing down to political correctness and not encouraging all students to engage in an honest discussion on the Second Amendment.”

Coyle said he has advised the TCU chapter of Young Americans for Freedom to increase their activity on campus.

“University campuses are typically where political correctness runs amok, and schools in Texas are no exception,” he said. “… It is young conservatives who remind the campus community that there is a real world outside the campus bubble that believes their academic value system is absurd.”

Jennifer Kabbany is associate editor of The College Fix.

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