Feinstein Uses Kent State National Guard Shootings to Justify Free Speech Restrictions

Feinstein Uses Kent State National Guard Shootings to Justify Free Speech Restrictions

Any doubts about whether or not California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who has admittedly sided with her Republican peers on a number of issues, is a true leftist at heart were squashed during a Senate hearing last week when the 25-year Senate veteran exposed herself as an enemy of freedom by using a national tragedy to argue against free speech.

According to Washington Examiner columnist Emily Jashinsky, Feinstein had been trying to justify the recent actions of the University of California, Berkeley, which has been banning conservative speakers left and right over alleged security concerns.

“The fact of the matter is that there are certain occasions on which individuals assemble not to act peaceably, but to act as destructively as they possibly can,” Feinstein said during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday. “When you have a set group of people that come to create a disturbance, some of them even wearing masks or wearing certain clothing, what do you do?”

Interestingly, that exact scenario played out earlier this year prior to a speaking event by conservative commentator Milo Yiannopoulos. According to reports, rioters “set things on fire, beat up Trump supporters, shouted ‘f*** the police’ and otherwise terrorized the area, forcing Yiannopoulos to scrap the event.”

The problem is that instead of punishing the rioters, Feinstein appeared to be interested in punishing figures like Yiannopoulos by allowing colleges to block them from speaking on campus in the first place.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, what Feinstein asked next was just repugnant, to put it lightly.

You don’t think we learned a lesson from Kent State way back when?” she asked, according to Reasonmagazine, referring to a national tragedy in which National Guardsmen killed four college students while trying to shut down an anti-Vietnam War protest at Ohio’s Kent State University in 1970.

As noted by John Sexton of Hot Air, Feinstein completely missed the point.

“(T)he idea that the campus shouldn’t be expected to protect speech on the grounds that it might incite others to violence is … saying that as long as opponents of speech are willing to resort to threats, they can silence their opponents,” he wrote. “That’s a horrible message for any American to endorse.”

And it’s even more horrible that Feinstein had the audacity to cite the Kent State shootings in defense of this outrageous belief.

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Source: conservativetribune.com

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