Free speech and gun rights will collide Tuesday on the UW-Madison campus

UPDATE: Campus conservatives say UW stifling Right speech — again

UPDATE #2: Two of the few conservative faculty step up.

The University of Wisconsin’s commitment to the free exchange of ideas — you know, that “sifting and winnowing” thing — will be sorely tested next week Tuesday.

In the shadow of the massacre by an apparent lone gunman in Las Vegas, a conservative student group is bringing a gun rights activist to the UW-Madison campus.

22140820_1689257197765803_2586996503968852514_nA group calling itself Cocks not Glocks is planning a lewd counter protest featuring dildos. It is also laying the foundation for disrupting the speech with the familiar claim of impermissible “hate speech.”

Young Americans for Freedom is sponsoring the speech by Katie Pavlich, a Fox news contributor who is news editor for and author of the 2012 book Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and Its Shameless Cover-Up.

The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 10 in Room 107at the Brogden/Psychology building, 1202 W Johnson St.

It was the YAF who brought Ben Shapiro to the Madison campus on Nov. 16. Protesters employed the hecklers veto to prevent the former Breitbart editor from speaking for approximately 18 minutes while university police stood passively.

That and similar harassment across the country prompted the state legislature to consider legislation to protect free speech on campus by penalizing disrupters. AB 299 passed the Assembly 61-36 but has been hung up in the state Senate as SB 250.

The UW Board of Regents may pre-empt need for the legislation. It meets tomorrow (Friday, October 6) on the UW-Stout campus where it will consider a policy that would suspend for one semester students who “materially and substantially disrupted the free expression of others” on two occasions. A third offense would merit permanent expulsion.

The proposed “Commitment to Academic Freedom and Freedom of Expression” also requires campuses to orient incoming students about freedom of expression. (The document here.)

A YAF spokesman said, “We call on University of Wisconsin administrators and authorities to protect the First Amendment rights of Katie Pavlich, UW-Madison YAF, and the students who wish to hear conservative ideas next week.”

We are bringing Ms. Pavlich to speak on the right we have, as stated by the Constitution, to bear arms,” a statement from UW-Madison YAF continues. “Women (and men as well), have the freedom to be able to protect themselves from danger with this right. (More here.)

The Cocks Not Glocks group countered, “Pavlich’s invitation does not symbolize a stimulating intellectual discussion of ideas. It is an obvious attempt to divide our campus and perpetuate violence. Activists on campus will be using dildos to draw attention to the absurd potential of guns on campus.”


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18 Responses to Free speech and gun rights will collide Tuesday on the UW-Madison campus

  1. “UW YAF is proud to announce our first major speaking event of the year. On October 10, come see Katie Pavlich lecture on the Second Amendment and self-defense! The event will begin at 7pm, will feature a Q&A session, and a book signing afterward.

    Brogden/Psychology 107
    1202 W Johnson St
    Room 107
    Madison, WI 53706

    Doors will open at 6:30pm.” -From their facebook page


  2. Dave, not B says:

    A more appropriate name for this bunch of ignoramuses is Rocks for Brains. They apparently are incapable of rational thinking.
    Haven’t the courts declared that someone parading a bunch of sex toys around in front of others is a form of sexual assault? Try doing that at work and see how long it is before you end up in jail awaiting a court hearing.


  3. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    If you think you can win an argument by sporting pink pussy hats and brandishing dildoes, you might want to re-examine your position. But, of course, when your safe space is invaded by the forces of hatred, bigotry, and intolerance (i.e., anyone who thinks differently than you), no tactic is beyond the pale. And these are the same people who clutch their pearls over Trump’s occasional outbursts of “vulgarity”; when they do it, it’s “performance art.”


    • old baldy says:


      Do you actively practice being a world-class hypocrite, or does it just come naturally to you?


      • David Blaska says:

        At least Gary uses his real name instead of hiding behind a pseudonym. Now, Baldy, a straight-up answer: should students who disrupt a scheduled event/speech be disciplined? Yes or No?


      • old baldy says:

        A rose by any other name is just as sweet…….
        Yes. If it prevents the event/speaker from holding the event. No violence, no driving over departing protesters. And my position applies to both sides of the current debate. Freedom of speech goes both ways on my street.


        • David Blaska says:

          Still another attempt at equivalency. The question was about disrupting/preventing speech. The driver in Charlottesville was arrested. Vehicular manslaughter is already against the law.


      • old baldy says:

        ” should students who disrupt a scheduled event/speech be disciplined? Yes or No?”


        Is comprehension slipping away from you??


      • old baldy says:

        I gave you a straight answer from the start, you just let your knee-jerk reaction to those of differing opinions take over. If you weren’t tied to the snarky and insult-ridden comeback folks might take you seriously. But since you consistently take the low-road (now there is a change for a comeback) you never get to see big picture society. But I guess you are just catering to your base….

        You a fan of Lenin? I’m sure not.


  4. coolkevs says:

    Scott Adams thinks we should label social justice warriors as Peacocks because the other words are too positive.
    In this case, they are parading around as something with that word in it, so I guess the term would be pretty accurate.


  5. madisonexpat says:

    Black Lies Matter silences the ACLU speaker and states that liberalism is White Privilege. So ABob they’ll be coming for you. Exercise your constitutional rights while you can. Speak up and buy some guns.
    Massive comedic gold from the Hard Left.
    Then we get the street theater of Cocks not Glocks (Mae West foresaw this, “Is that a gun in your pocket…?)
    I haven’t laughed at Progressives this much since the election.


  6. madisonexpat says:

    When can we expect to hear Aaron Rogers and Cam Newton’s take on BLM and the Constitution?


  7. madisonexpat says:

    After some serious laughing I’m left with,
    “Liberalism is White Privilege”
    I really wish I had thought of that.


  8. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    The UW Board of Regents has just approved the proposal for punishing those who disrupt campus speakers. (The lone dissenting vote, of course, came from Democrat Tony Evers, one of the sacrificial–or suicidal–lambs awaiting slaughter by Scott Walker), Here’s hoping that the usual pack of perpetually outraged Antifa/BLM thugs put it to the test this Tuesday at Pavlich’s lecture. Now the legislature needs to assure that UW administrators actually enforce this long overdue measure to restore a modicum of free speech protection to non-lefties brave enough to venture onto UW campuses.


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