Violent leftist agitators have been at war with the First Amendment for the better part of the last year, with riots taking place on the campus of UC Berkeley in California.
When conservative speaker Milo Yiannopolous was scheduled to speak at UC Berkley in February, the liberal millennials of campus were absolutely incensed. Instead of picketing or protesting like civilized human beings, however, the group of miscreants decided that it would be much better if they took to the streets in a violent rage. Fires were set, rioting ensued, and the entire Berkeley community was left with an embarrassing black eye.
Then, to add insult to injury, the campus was then forced to rethink their entire schedule of conservative speakers. With Ann Coulter set to speak on campus this week, campus administrators were extremely concerned with a repeat incident, as their capitulation of the New Fascist students in the Milo incident allowed a disturbing precedent to be set. Coulter called the campus’ bluff, attempted to speak anyway, but was eventually turned away by her own good sense and concern over the danger involved.
Now, to prevent this sort of violent, anti-free speech movement from spreading, republicans in Wisconsin are working on legislation that would punish students who force the censorship of political speakers on college campuses.
“As a result of the raucous protest last November when Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro spoke at University of Wisconsin–Madison, Wisconsin GOP legislators, including Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, are sponsoring a bill, the Campus Free Speech Act, to discipline and possibly expel students who disrupt speeches on the UW campus, and mandate that UW stay neutral on political controversies.
“Rep. Jesse Kremer, R-Kewaskum, the bill’s lead author, joined Vos and the chairpersons of the Legislature’s higher education committees, Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, R-River Falls, and Rep. David Murphy, R-Greenville, to sponsor the bill, which would include disciplinary sanctions for students and faculty who engage in ‘violent, abusive, indecent, profane, boisterous, obscene, unreasonably loud, or other disorderly conduct’ that interferes with someone’s free speech.
“Kremer asserted, ‘We are making a pretty clear statement here that free expression should not be inhibited and will not be inhibited.’ Vos added, ‘All across the nation and here at home, we’ve seen protesters trying to silence different viewpoints. Free speech means free speech for everyone and not just for the person who speaks the loudest.'”
While no amount of legislation will completely eradicate the threat of the New Fascist movement being propagated by these violent millennial leftists, perhaps these greater repercussions will deter some from turning to such radical tactics in the future.