RKBA Advocacy on Wisconsin Campus


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theriflespeaks1863
September 30, 2012, 02:51 AM
Hi all,

Chris here. I've been trying to figure out a way to get students on campus at Beloit College ( http://www.beloit.edu/ ) to learn and be active in their RKBA. Now, of course, there is the problem of this being a pretty (read extremely) liberal/anti-gun campus, but you might be surprised to learn that I have quite a few people I KNOW are 'on the level' and are passionate about their RKBA amongst this hotbed of 'anti' thought. I suspect there are more that are 'in the closet' about their views on RKBA because of the extreme atmosphere, and don't have any place to go. In essence, we are out there, but we don't know we exist because we can't talk about it.

My question is, how do I get my fellow students (those who are open to it, willing to be convinced, or are already pro-2A) more involved and open about their RKBA? This doesn't apply strictly to campus carry or the like- having just gained our right to concealed carry here in WI, and with very few people understanding their right to open carry, many (from my point of view) are still in the dark on that score.:banghead:
What I want is to be able to get student supporters of RKBA together, organize (when warranted), and let the general student body of the college- and the administration, for that matter- know that we exist; united, resolved, and not compromising in any way. What also needs to happen is for there to be access for greenhorns, so that they can see we are 'normal' students like everyone else and be educated on RKBA, and not have them be 'frightened-' a definite culture of fear, in my mind, is what dominates the anti-gun sentiments on campus.

I am posting as an appeal for advice and guidance- I would like to see this happen during my time at school. Simply getting organized- and convincing others of the value of being organized- would be a huge step forward. At present, there is no particular direction that I want this to take, other than awareness, education, and advocacy/support, so consider that in the discussion as it moves forward. :)

I look forward to hearing your opinions and suggestions- all are welcome!

Thanks,

Chris Thulien
History Major
Beloit College, Class of 2015

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theriflespeaks1863
October 2, 2012, 07:44 AM
A bump- I'd really like to hear from you all! This is a very important topic for me. :)

Thanks,

-Chris

hso
October 2, 2012, 08:31 AM
First, find all of the officially recognized organizations on campus and look for those that may have common cause with your and your friends. Attend meetings with those groups and find out if there's any 2A interest. It may just be the ROTC folks or the Young Repubs, but find out and join.

Second, try to get the members of those groups to help formally poll the campus population on a relevant 2A topic. This will give you an idea how much support outside your group there is for the 2A.

Remember to pick a topic that actually is relevant. Colorado campus carry is good since it has a successful story for our side. Don't pick some topic that can be misconstrued. If you want a dialogue about carry on campus then clearly limit that to carry for the students and faculty over 21 that can get a permit while students as young as 17 are driving around campus.

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