Less than two months after ten people were gunned down at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College, a university nearby is staging a controversial gun giveaway. Now, a student group is protesting that policy by holding a poker night and giving away guns to the winners.
The Young Americans for Liberty asked the UO student government for money to stage the event and asked University Housing officials to put up event fliers in dorms — and they were shut down in both places. The University of Oregon’s student government denied funding this poker night event for a second time amid concerns the event’s pro-gun message and prizes “would make students feel uncomfortable.”
Now, the national Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or FIRE, is asking UO President Michael Schill to reverse both those decisions, based on the Young Americans for Liberty’s constitutional right to a “content-neutral decision” from student government and on its First Amendment right to communicate with students about the provocative event.
While some members of the student government had worries about funding the prizes, YAL members assured them that the guns were donated by local gun dealers and they would be transferred to the winners off campus from an FFL dealer in accordance with state and federal laws.