A “fight club” at Central Florida University in Orlando, Florida, has trained leftist students to physically fight conservatives and Republicans.
You read that right. “In response to the record number of hate crimes against Latinos, Immigrants, Muslims, Women, the LGBTQIA+ community, Jews, African Americans and other minorities since the rise of Donald Trump and other Alt-Right Neo-Nazis, the Knights of Socialism has decided to host a series of self-defense clinics for anyone that wants to learn how to BASH THE FASH,” the event description on Facebook read, according to Campus Reform.
These are not exactly responsible sentiments that make parents sleep well at night.
An update for the Feb. 5 event invited female students because “the Commander in thief [sic] is a sexual predator and rapist” — and they expect sexual assault to “skyrocket” over the next year.
“During the event, local amateur fighter Adrian taught the group how to properly throw a jab and followed by giving everyone a chance to put on a pair of boxing gloves and test their skills,” reported Knightnews.com, the university’s website for students. “Participants enjoyed the experience and felt that they really learned something.”
The event was called a “public” event on Facebook — but the notice also said, “This event is open to everyone and anyone, EXCEPT REPUBLICANS.”
Parents, is this the environment you are paying hundreds of thousands of dollars for — and seriously, is your child safe at school?
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Violence toward opposition thinking seems to be part of the new playbook on the Left. This is not a situation they will confirm, but neither are they denying it or calling it off, apparently. The silence on the part of liberal leaders toward these actions only seems to encourage it. The alarming leftist call to violence and hysteria is growing — think Madonna threatening to bomb the White House during the Women’s March, and Meryl Streep using the term “brownshirts,” a Nazi-era term, in a recent speech — and many conservatives are realizing it is necessary to prepare themselves against it.
The University of Central Florida (UCF), far from condemning the actions of these socialist students and their “fight club,” barely raised an eyebrow. A spokeswoman for the school told Campus Reform that “they are aware of the event, do not encourage violence, and will be ‘looking into’ the event further,” according to Campus Reform.
So it’s just another day on an American college campus, the attitude seems to be — but these are not exactly responsible, proactive sentiments that make parents sleep well at night. This trend should concern any family with high school seniors looking into higher education for the years ahead.
Two other events on college campuses are worth noting. At both the University of California, Berkeley and New York University campuses, conservative speakers were scheduled and many people lined up to attend. Protests turned violent — with liberal students doing whatever they could to silence opposing political viewpoints.
The violence shown to conservatism — which is inarguably a minority ideology today on campuses nationwide — has mostly involved simple assaults. Rest assured: If unchecked, major bodily injuries or even worse will occur, as aggressors get bolder. The audacity of these rioters may be encouraged by a few factors:
Anonymity: Allowing masked protesters only emboldens them to act contrary to their normal behavior.
Unopposed mischief: Troublemakers will probe and push their limits with law enforcement to test what they can get away with — sometimes with dangerous consequences.
Overwhelming force: The sheer number of masked hoodlums emboldens “groupthink.”
Media complicity: When the mainstream media proclaim these riots as merely “protests,” the attackers have political cover.
Unarmed and defenseless victims: Although “campus carry” is allowed in eight states, California and New York are not among them. Knowing that victims are grossly outnumbered and without the means to protect themselves gives protesters unfettered boldness.
“They are fanatics, and by not surrendering, by not kneeling, and by not obeying, you have committed an unpardonable sin,” wrote Kurt Schlicter, a senior columnist for Townhall.com. “You have defied the Left, and you must be broken. They will take your job, slander your name, even beat or kill you — whatever it takes to break you and terrify others by making you an example. Your defiance cannot stand; they cannot allow this whole Trump/GOP majority thing to get out of control. They must crush this rebellion of the normal, and absolutely nothing is off the table.”
What must parents sending their teens away from home for the first time consider — and teach their children?
First, consider the college or university your child might be attending. Is there a history of rioting or violence? Does the school appear regularly on the news for demonstrations? You must know as much about a school as you possibly can before making a decision about attendance.
And then, once there — students should practice common sense and personal safety at a time when conservative and right-leaning students are generally in the minority on college campuses.
Also, stay physically fit. Commit to exercising and eating right. Take self-defense classes. This should be a lifelong endeavor — individuals will always ultimately be responsible for their own actions and safety.
Consider attending universities or colleges in states that allow “campus carry.” In most instances, criminals will not attack people whom they think will defend themselves — especially armed ones. Just being in an area where concealed carry is allowed will sometimes make a person safer.
As Bob Dylan stated so eloquently, “The times, they are a-changin.'” We must take modern-day aggression head on by exposing it, condemning it and preparing ourselves and loved ones mentally and physically against it. We have the capability — but do we, as a civilized society, have the will?
John Cylc is an eight-year U.S. Army veteran and lives with his family in eastern Tennessee. His primary advocacy is promoting and protecting Second Amendment rights.