This week a prominent feminist was forced to cancel lectures at USU because of a threat made on her life.
Well, that’s oversimplifying it, you see, Anita Sarkeesian, a feminist noteworthy for her comments on the portrayal of women in video games, had every intention of going through with the speech except for one minor hiccup, the state of Utah’s gun laws.
According to Utah law, the government can’t stop anyone from bringing a gun to a concealed event. So. although our second amendment rights are protected, there’s no guarantee of any security at pretty much any event.
Although the university promised to provide security, how can anyone feel safe if you can’t legally take a gun from someone.
Does the right to carry a concealed weapon outweigh the safety of someone who simply wants to speak their mind on an issue.
The threat on Sarkeesian was one of gun violence, so why couldn’t we put away our guns for one day to hear an individual express their opinions, as protected by the first amendment.
Yes, many gun owners are responsible, and that guns in hands of honest citizens can in some cases make us safer.
I’m also not saying protecting the second amendment is bad, but can we at least find a compromise somewhere.
Are there lives worth protecting that we are willing to occasionally give up our weapons for?
Even gun owners understand the sacrifices we must make for safety of others.
Second amendment shouldn't infringe on our other freedoms