David Codrea has a perfect example of why I’ve always found the concept of “Student government” to be a laughable idea. In Oregon, a Marine veteran was wrongly arrested for carrying a gun on campus, which while a violation of school administrative rules – is not a crime. The local prosecutor realized this and dropped all charges against former Marine.
Unfortunately, David shows us that the story doesn’t end there. You see, the “young adults” must have their sense of “justice” satisfied, and this man, this Marine that DARED to defy the ALMIGHTY ADMINISTRATION must. Be. Punished.
From the Oregan Firearms Federation, here is the sad, depressing tale:
The tribunal that tried Marine veteran Jeffery Maxwell laughed after suspending him from Western Oregon University and sentencing him to:
a “psychological evaluation stating he is not a threat to himself of others” and
a mandatory “ten page paper” ” with references, “citing, but not limited to:
1) the importance of following the law,even through civil disobedience.
2) the importance of accepting responsibility for one’s actions
3) and recognizing the impact possession of weapons on college campuses has on others.”
So, Maxwell has been told his lawful possession of a firearm on campus is evidence of mental illness and he must “confess his sins.” Welcome to the new Politburo. Maxwell may as well been judged by the Hitler youth for his “thought crimes.”
Jeffery Maxwell’s “jury” were four unnamed students and one staff member of WOU.
The “prosecutor” was Patrick Moser [email protected] “Acting Coordinator of Campus Judicial Affairs”
Maxwell asked to have his “trial” open to the public, which is his right, but was denied.
The tribunal was told repeatedly that they lacked the authority to impose a rule dealing with firearms. But the children who sat in judgment of the veteran were not interested in the law or the facts. They were only interested in attacking and embarrassing a man who had committed no crime but had chosen to exercise his right to protect himself and others.
This had absolutely nothing to do with justice, and everything to do with feelings. The howling children must be satisfied, and it seems that their satisfaction comes at the expense of a good man.