Survey: Less than a THIRD of college students believe right to bear arms is 'essential'

A June survey shows just how much less college students value the Second Amendment than other constitutional liberties.

Conducted by College Pulse, the survey of 2,301 students found that out of American rights like free speech, the right to privacy, etc., the Second Amendment is the least popular. Forty-one percent of students indicated that the right to own guns is “important but not essential,” with 28 percent suggesting that it is “not important.” Whereas nearly half of Americans indicated to Pew that the right was essential, only 30 percent of college students suggested the same to College Pulse.

Conversely, 91 percent of survey respondents said that the right to vote is “essential,” 81 percent of students suggested that the right to privacy is “essential,” 83 percent said that freedom of religion is “essential,” and 94 percent agree that freedom of speech is “essential.”

Almost half of the male students indicated that they view the right to own a gun as “essential to their freedom,” while just 18 percent of females suggested the same. Forty-six, 34, 23, 21, and 20 percent of American Indian, white, Hispanic, black, and Asian students said that owning a gun is “essential to their freedom,” respectively.

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College Pulse also polled students’ attitudes to more specific dimensions of gun rights.

Most students said that if their institution be, they would not transfer schools, with 36 percent of students indicating that they would be "very likely" or "somewhat likely" to transfer, and 62 percent suggesting that they would be "not too likely" or "not at all likely" to transfer.

When asked if college professors and administrators should be allowed to carry guns on campus, 36 percent of students said they "favor" or "strongly favor" the idea, while 63 percent said they "oppose" or "strongly oppose."

The opposition grew when asked if K-12 school officials and teachers should be allowed to carry guns on campus, which 67 percent of students said they "oppose" or "strongly oppose."

When it comes to more people in a community carrying guns, just 32 percent of students said this made people in the area safer, while 41 percent stipulated it made them less safe.


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SURVEY: Most college grads say campus climate prevents them from expressing beliefs

A recent study found that more than two-thirds of U.S. college students said that their college campus environments prevent people from expressing beliefs due to the possibility of seeming offensive.

The study, conducted by the Knight Foundation and College Pulse, found that 68 percent of U.S. college students say that “the climate on my campus prevents some people from saying things they believe because others might find them offensive.”  

A separate Gallup poll, released just last year, showed similar results: that roughly two-thirds of recent college graduates did not feel extremely comfortable sharing opinions in class that did not align with the majority.

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In a June post, Gallup noted that it had surveyed graduates who had obtained their bachelor's degree from 2013 to 2018 by asking them to respond to the following statement: “I felt very comfortable sharing ideas or opinions in class that were probably only held by a minority of people.” 

Using a one to five scale, one being “Strongly Disagree” and five being “Strongly Agree,” the participants rated how well they aligned with the statement. The poll found that just one-third of those surveyed stated that they “strongly agree” that they were comfortable sharing a minority perspective in class.

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Sixty-four percent of grads surveyed indicated that they agreed with the statement, while only 14 percent suggested that they disagreed.

 When divided by gender, 58 and 68 percent of female and male graduates responded with a four or five, respectively, while 17 and 11 percent of female and male graduates answered with a one or two, respectively.

“As a religious person, I’m worried my opinions may be suppressed in a college classroom environment,” a rising college freshman, who wished to remain anonymous, told Campus Reform regarding her religious beliefs. “I want people to understand that just because I don’t agree with someone’s lifestyle doesn’t make my worldview less valid and it doesn’t mean I don’t still care about them as a person.”

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College denies student org registered status. It didn't end well for the college.

A South Carolina College has agreed to reimburse a non-partisan student group in legal fees and has agreed to change policies regarding the recognition of student organizations on campus.

The College of Charleston reached a settlement with the South Carolina Politics Club, a non-partisan, student-led group, after the group filed a lawsuit against the college, said a press release from the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the nonprofit which represented the club, after the college had refused to recognize the group as an official organization on campus.

The South Carolina Politics Club was thus forbidden from accessing student fee funding, reserving campus space for events, and inviting outside speakers.

The College of Charleston had argued that the club too closely resembled another student group, the Fusion Party, to be a separate campus group. But ADF claimed that the mission, purpose, and speech of the groups differed.

But the college settled with the group, agreeing to pay $20,000 to cover the group’s legal costs, recognize the group as a registered student organization (RSO), and change its RSO policies.

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The August 2018 lawsuit alleged that when the organization had appealed a rejection for RSO status by the Student Senate to Michael Duncan, associate vice president for student involvement, Duncan told the organization that it had to refile for recognition, which was not possible during the semester. 

The associate vice president gave SCPC three options: create a “different purpose” for the club,  “work with the Fusion Club for some common ground,” or create an entirely “different concept.”

“Requiring SCPC to associate with other RSOs, even ones that may hold similar but not identical beliefs, alters the message SCPC’s members wish to express and violates their right to free speech by requiring them to alter their message as a condition on their ability to express their message,” the lawsuit said.

The lawsuit claimed that the school violated the group’s First Amendment rights to free expression and association, as well as its Fourteenth Amendment right to equal protection.

“[The] defendants treated Plaintiffs and SCPC members differently than other similarly situated entities on campus by denying Plaintiffs and SCPC members acc

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Sen. Marsha Blackburn is 'restoring sanity' to campus free speech

Earlier in June, Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R- Tenn.) took to the Senate floor to rally support for the Campus Free Speech Resolution of 2019, a measure she co-sponsored with ten other senators from around the country. 

Calling it “a first step in restoring sanity to free speech for American college students,” Blackburn challenged students to welcome outside opinions and called out universities that haven’t done enough to foster an environment conducive to the free exchange of ideas. 

Campus Reform's Cabot Phillips sat down with Blackburn in her Washington, D.C. office to get more details on the resolution and hear her thoughts on the state of free speech on college campuses today. 

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“We want our institutions of higher learning to be an area where people can hear different points of view. We don’t think it’s appropriate to have a litmus test to say ‘only if you agree with the liberal view or the approach from the left, can you be considered worthy to participate in this conversation,’” she said, while explaining the need for free speech on campus. 

Sen. Blackburn went on, saying “imagine how you would feel if you were on a college campus and you were not encouraged to be inquisitive and learn… you were discouraged from hearing other opinions.”

When asked why this was an issue that was so important to her, Blackburn noted, “I always feel my conservative viewpoints and principles have been strengthened by reading works from our founders… and challenging myself.”

“I will periodically read something with which I know I’m going to disagree. But I’m going to defend that person’s right to express themselves,” she added. 

[RELATED: Cruz: Defund colleges that don't support free speech]

Touching on recent Campus Reform stories centered around mandatory student fees helping to fund abortions, Blackburn likened it to taxpayer funding, saying, “I don’t think taxpayer funds should be used to fund abortion.”

“The [student] fees should go to cover specifically what the student is going to need. It shouldn’t be just a slush fund that can end up being used for whatever is not included in the base budget of the

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VIDEO: Harvard dean who repped Harvey Weinstein UNLEASHES after losing job

Harvard University administrators terminated a law professor and his wife as faculty deans for agreeing to represent former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein in his criminal trial. 

The school announced in May that law professor Ronald Sullivan and his wife Stephanie Robinson would not be renewed as faculty deans of Harvard residence Winthrop House, in a report by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).

Harvard students and faculty criticized Sullivan’s decision and started a petition calling for the dean’s removal. 

“For those of you who are members of Winthrop House, do you really want to one day accept your Diploma from someone who for whatever reason, professional or personal, believes it is okay to defend such a prominent figure at the centre of the #MeToo movement?” the petition reads. “Although anyone facing the law is innocent until proven guilty, the scope of the Weinstein case still literally shakes people on this campus to this day. His role on Weinstein's team, and position as a community leader, are NOT mutually exclusive and the former has incredibly harmful implications for the latter.” 

Graffiti on a campus building read “Our rage is self-defense,” and “Whose side are you on?” according to The New York Times.

[RELATED: Ted Cruz issues Yale Law School quite the ultimatum ]

“The actions that have been taken to improve the climate have been ineffective, and the noticeable lack of faculty dean presence during critical moments has further deteriorated the climate in the House,” Harvard College Dean Rakesh Khurana in a May email to Winthop residents. “I have concluded that the situation in the House is untenable.”

Sullivan and Robinson released a video statement June 12 titled, “When Harvard Stumbles,” addressing Harvard’s decision.

“It was my willingness to represent Mr. Weinstein in the first place that prompted a furor, and ultimately Harvard’s decision to dismiss us as faculty deans,” Sullivan says in the video. “We know this to be true, as does the Harvard community, including its most senior leaders.”

Sullivan stepped down from Weinstein’s legal team a day before Harvard announced his termination due to conflicts with his Harvard Law teaching schedule.

“What’s at stake here is not my future, or ou

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