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STANDING GUARD

Our Colleges are Breeding Grounds
for Socialists Who Will Take Our Guns

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By Wayne LaPierre

Executive Vice President

AMERICA'S
EDUCATIONAL
INSTITUTIONS
USED TO BE
BASTIONS OF
FREEDOM, WHERE
HONEST DEBATE
AND DISCUSSION
WERE ONCE
ENCOURAGED.
NOT TODAY.

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merican freedom faces no greater
threat than from our academic
institutions, where the most basic
fundamental principles upon which our nation
was founded are aggressively attacked by extreme socialists posing as honest professors.
The socialist takeover of our college
campuses is part of a massive wave of socialism that, if left unchecked, threatens all of
our firearms freedom and all of the American
liberty that we cherish and have fought hard
to defend.
America's educational institutions were
once bastions of freedom-especially the
freedom of speech-where honest debate,
disagreement and discussion were encouraged. Not any longer.
Now, most colleges and universities have
essentially banned free speech. Anyone who
disagrees with the socialist ideals of the
academic elites are silenced, shamed and
turned away.
Safe Speech Zones ... Crayon Coloring
Spaces ... Pet a Puppy Zones. These are tools
by which young people are coddled into the
submission of socialism.
In far too many classrooms, the U.S.
Constitution is ignored, the Second
Amendment discarded or bizarrely twisted to
fit the socialist agenda of teachers. Principles
upon which America has become the greatest nation in the world-constitutional freedom, free-market capitalism and individual
responsibility-have been replaced with
Marxism, socialism and a perverse culture of
politically correct societal collectivism.
Socialists have hijacked our schools and
colleges and are determined to hijack our
youth-the new generation of American voters-in a coordinated effort to seize control
of our country and impose their brand of
liberal socialism upon the entire nation.
To achieve their dream, young Americans
are taught national shame over exceptionalism, socialism over capitalism, and government control over self-destiny.
The collective good-socialism-over
individualism.
Competition is discouraged, scores aren't
kept, everyone gets a trophy and our young
people are left unprepared for the real
world. Worse, they're left at the mercy of the
socialists who tempt feeble minds with vapid
promises of free safe spaces, free college,
free health care, free immigration, free sanctuary cities and free money.
You and I know these hollow promises lead
to the end of our society, as we know it. We

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know that, at the end of the day, the wave of
socialism we face threatens all of our freedoms and could very well destroy our nation.
The history of socialism proves it,
from Soviet socialism, to Cuba, to Maoist
Communism, to Venezuela. Every time, in
every nation in which the scourge of socialism
rises to power, its citizens are repressed and
their firearms are seized. Taken.
Despite that fact, the extreme socialistic
academic elites are brainwashing our youth
like never before. The Communist Manifesto
ranks among the three most frequently
assigned texts at American universities, and
Karl Marx is the most assigned economist.
According to a study of college faculty
voter registration, liberal professors vastly
outnumber conservatives by a 33.5-to-1 ratio.
With the support of such an extreme,
liberal faculty, chapters of Young Democratic
Socialists of America jumped from 12 at
the end of 2016 to 47 by June of 2017, and
then to nearly 100 by the end of last year. In
fact, on many campuses, students can earn
academic credit for promoting socialist causes
at school.
Make no mistake. Their goal is not just to
create a campus of socialism. They lust for a
nation of socialism.
And their playbook is wide open.
First, they'll use their tenure to continue to choke off free speech and write
off American capitalism. They'll warp every
young mind they can get their hands on, to
pervert the American values we hold dear in
order to create a brand new, socialist voter to
send to the polls.
Next, these socialist elites will do everything they can to urge young voters to reject
the success of President Donald Trump
and elect an extreme, liberal, pro-socialism
Congress in 2018.
If their socialist takeover is successful,
they'll do everything they can to render Trump
ineffective, with an end-goal to replace him
with a screaming socialist in 2020.
And then they'll come for us ... for
our freedom and for our guns. That is the
tsunami of socialism that threatens every
law-abiding gun owner and freedom-loving
American in this country.
It is the same disaster threatening every
young American in college right now-a
grave threat against which all NRA members
must stand and fight.


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