University campuses are havens for the free exchange of ideas. But students are advised not to get carried away by passing out politically incorrect literature:
Students Merritt Burch and Anthony Vizzone, members of the Young Americans for Liberty chapter at [University of Hawaii]-Hilo, were prevented from handing out copies of the Constitution at a recruitment event in January. A week later, they were again informed by a censorship-minded administrator that their First Amendment-protected activities were in violation of school policy.
The students were told that they could only distribute literature from within UH-Hilo’s “free speech zone,” a small, muddy, frequently-flooded area on the edge of campus.
At least liberal authorities probably didn’t have snipers ready to train their weapons on anyone leaving the “free speech zone,” as on the Bundy Ranch.
Administrators further clarified their level of respect for students’ free speech rights, making comments like, “This isn’t really the ’60s anymore,” and “people can’t really protest like that anymore,” according to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.
That is to say, the revolution is over, now that the flower children are in charge.
An attempt to pass out the Constitution on campus also landed a student in hot water at Modesto Junior College in California last Constitution Day.
The right to distribute the Constitution is guaranteed in the First Amendment of that same Constitution. But of course, different technology prevailed at the time it was written. No doubt if the Founding Fathers had foreseen modern printing technology, they would have agreed to reasonable limitations on dissemination, just as they would never want law-abiding citizens to own guns capable of firing more rounds than needed to kill a deer. Just ask Andrew Cuomo.
On a tip from Dean D.