As a middle-American hotbed for sports and guns, Kansas has made national headlines as the governor signed into law a bill that goes into effect Saturday. The law allows staff and students to carry firearms on public college campuses, which in essence are an extension of the state. Of course, the new law has spurred on a series of vehement protest and dissent crashing through the news cycle, first among faculty and now trickling down to the rancid pool of journalists intertwining leftist ideology and politics into feature stories. What is new?
The latest purveyor of apparent fair and balanced content in constructing a narrative with a not-so-hidden agenda is CBS Sportswriter Dennis Dodd, who penned an electronic article featuring a definitive slant on the Kansas campus carry legislation. Dodd is known as a veteran and competent college sports reporter, and in this instance chose to facilitate the illusion of balanced perspective loaded with anti-firearm rhetoric.
Here are some of the highlights-
“The so-called “Cocks Not Glocks” movement made national news.”
Okay. Why mention a fringe counter-cultural feminist group in advocating for the illogical concept of “Gun Free Zones”, which almost entirely eliminates the concept of self-defense.
“Social activist Harry Edwards ended his association with the University of Texas over the state’s concealed carry law.”
This guy is an adviser to Colin Kaepernick and a known instigator, so in essence he is doing the university and those with an opposing viewpoint a large favor.
“Gun advocates argue the Second Amendment right to protect oneself. Those opposed argue statistics show that guns added to an already volatile situation carried by untrained citizens seldom help that situation.”
And finally the gem of the article-
“Campuses are meant to be peaceful enclaves of introspection, deep thought and learning — not wondering whether the librarian has “Romeo and Juliet” or a Smith & Wesson.”
The current milieu of university culture rivals Czechoslovakia upon the Soviet takeover, where citizens were in constant fear of the secret police imposing the sanctions of imprisonment and torture, for simply saying something that may be construed as detrimental towards the Party.
In short, individuals, who held a differing viewpoint from the Party, simply retracted into their own selves in a submission to total conformity. A similar narrative is unfolding today on college campuses, many of which are public and thus are funded by tax payer money. Higher education should be a bastion for capitalistic exchange of free thoughts and ideas, however you can’t have your cake and eat it to. The ownership of firearms is protected under the Constitution, which can be freely discussed and criticized in debate, but cannot be compromised, especially in the confines of a public institution.
CBS Sports and Dennis Dodd, you are allowed to have your opinion, but please do not endure a similar fate to your rival by politicizing sports, as the games and players are already backlogged with an abundance of story lines.
Read the CBS Sports article here.