by John Hawkins | April 1, 2005 11:10 pm
Of late, we’ve been seeing a lot of assaults on conservatives speaking at college campuses. This has been treated like a joke, because these conservatives have been hit with food. William Kristol, Pat Buchanan, Richard Perle, Ann Coulter are the most recent examples.
This is extremely dangerous behavior for obvious reasons. The truth is, when someone runs up on to a stage like that, you don’t have any idea what they’re going to do. They might have a pie in their hand, but they could also have a knife in their pocket.
That’s why anybody running at a speaker like that, whatever their ideology, could fairly be considered a threat, and SHOULD BE TREATED AS ONE by security and by the audience members, and never allowed to get on the stage.
So, if let’s say someone is running towards the stage with a pie or salad dressing in his hand and let’s say a student stuck his leg out or tackled him or even security tased them, that in my opinion would be perfectly appropriate. In fact, it might even save a life.
Furthermore, since we’re seeing a lot of this sort of potentially dangerous behavior aimed at conservatives, might I suggest that security guards or even a couple of large college Republicans should be stationed near the stage to make sure that this doesn’t continue to happen.
Last but not least, this should be treated as the serious matter that it is. Any student doing something like this should be expelled and prosecuted in a court of law. If some of these thugs get the jail time that they deserve, it might go a long way towards convincing other people that this sort of assault is a bad idea.
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