Friday, March 24, 2017

Company that owns RS calls for gun-related boycott

The USA Today wants the NCAA to punish the students, residents and businesses of Arkansas because their elected legislators voted the wrong way on a gun measure.

From Breitbart News:
On March 22 Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson (R) signed campus carry legislation into law. On March 23 USA Today Sports suggested a boycott of NCAA events in Arkansas may be needed if students are going to be allowed to be armed for self-defense.

The USA Today Sports column begins:
A new gun rights measure signed yesterday could allow concealed weapons to be carried into Arkansas football and basketball games as early as 2018. Opposing teams should consider boycotting participating in these games should this become a reality in practice. Not due to any political motivation or stand against the law, but because there is a reasonable case to be made that this will put them in an unsafe position.
Breitbart reporter AWR Hawkins observes:
But [columnist Kyle] Koster does not look at the divide between law-abiding and criminal. Rather, he introduces a dichotomy–strained at best–where some athletes will go through the permitting process but others will not, thereby creating a divide between athletes. Additionally, Koster suggests athletes with permits will feel slighted if team rules require them to give up their guns in athletic facilities while fans are armed for self-defense. [...]

Koster eventually reaches for old arguments and intimates that armed students–although law-abiding, trained, and permitted–may lose control of themselves at a sporting event, endangering others.
USA Today is the flagship newspaper for the Washington, D.C., area-based Gannett Co., whose newspapers in the "USA Today Network" include the Record Searchlight.

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