Denying gun owners an education
A student in Oregon has been banned from the state’s system of higher education for having the audacity to exercise his rights.
Maxwell has a concealed handgun permit, and is permitted to carry a handgun according to Oregon Law, and the 2nd Amendment of the US Constitution. Western Oregon University has since withdrawn their charge against Maxwell for carrying a handgun, but came up with a trumped charge about his carrying a knife and having an unloaded hunting rifle in his locked vehicle. All charges were dropped by the Sheriff’s office as inappropriate, but WOU officials stand by their ruling and punishment of Maxwell.
Jess Barton, the Salem attorney retained by OWVA to represent Maxwell, who is a veteran Marine and member of the association, told OWVA’s executive director, Greg Warnock, that, “Oregon law affords Jeff Maxwell a full and fair opportunity to establish that WOU wrongfully suspended him based on his mere possession of items that ordinary and constitutional law deem lawful….” Barton, a seasoned appellate attorney is confident in winning the case for Maxwell.
Barton will file a petition for judicial review at the Oregon Court of Appeals this month, to force the university to redress their wrong official action taken, as well as ask for penalties and attorney fees. Restitution will also be sought now, since Maxwell has lost his GI Educational Benefits, including housing and other expenses when he was suspended. He also lost the tuition and fees and book charges for last semester, which he prepaid.
The story is one of irony. Jeff Maxwell is a government trained killer. Jeff Maxwell is approved by the state to to carry a firearm in accordance with the law. Jeff Maxwell exhibits rational, logical and life affirming behavior by carrying weapons for DEFENSIVE purposes. Result – a system of “higher learning” punishes Jeff Maxwell.
This sort of memewar is based on irrational fearmongering versus rational life-affirming behavior. Those who wish to be productive and useful members of society are unreasonably restricted based on an agenda that prohibits the individual from defending him or herself appropriately from immediate threats. Anyone who stands up against this petty tyranny is immediately labeled, branded and censured. A glass ceiling is put in place to keep those who assert their individual right to self-defense from rising to positions of influence. If you believe in self-defense as a basic human right you will be marginalized, ostracized and demonized as a gun nut, trigger happy, psychotic, dangerous individual who should not be tolerated by “civilized” people.
This attitude is prevalent because it is taught. In regards to firearms, the U.S. education system is a wellspring of ignorance and misinformation.