FIRE’s short film Empty Holsters: Gun Speech on America’s Campuses has now exceeded 23,000 views on YouTube. One of our most popular videos in our fight for free speech on college campuses, Empty Holsters highlights the widespread censorship of student dialogue and debates regarding carrying guns on campus, debates that gained new immediacy after more than 30 people were murdered at Virginia Tech in 2007.
The video showcases students who stood up for their right to discuss these issues in the face of challenges to their First Amendment rights, such as the members of Students for Concealed Carry on Campus (SCCC) at Tarrant County College (TCC) in Texas. TCC lost a First Amendment lawsuit after enforcing its "free speech zone" policy against SCCC and then aiming to ban SCCC’s Empty Holster Protests under a "cosponsorship" policy that a federal court also found unconstitutional. One SCCC member, Clayton Smith, appeared last night on Fox Business Network’s Stossel along with FIRE president Greg Lukianoff to discuss SCCC’s case and other free speech issues on campus.
Click here for more information on FIRE’s gun-related speech cases, and visit YouTube to watch the video if you haven’t yet done so. You can find out about other FIRE films that expose free speech violations on campus by subscribing to our channel—it only takes a moment. Thanks again for watching and sharing our videos. The more people who know about these issues, the better FIRE can ensure that America’s college campuses serve their missions as free and open marketplaces of ideas.