Neither the news nor social media remain places where conservatives can voice their opinion and still be respected. While some have been brave enough to stand up against liberal hatred and insanity, backlash often follows.
For a recent second amendment supporter this meant receiving death threats on Twitter after advocating for college students’ rights to carry a gun on college campuses for protection. The social media platform allowed this abuse to continue without regard but then determined that a pro-gun picture attesting to two genders violated its terms and services. While the site did not protect her, thankfully, the local sheriff department took the threats seriously.
Recent college graduate from Kent State University, Kaitlin Bennet, 22, made headlines in May when she posted pictures on her Twitter account of her carrying an AR-10 on her former college campus. Her message was to express the danger in policies which restrict students from carrying defense weapons while permitting visitors to.
Not to mention, it was fully within her second amendment right to carry or express her willingness to do so.
Unsurprisingly, that did not stop liberals from responding to Bennett’s post by threatening her life. Even comedian Jim Carrey weighed in on her photo by drawing a comic supposedly of Bennett with the devil as he implied that she was responsible for the Texas school shooting in May.
As the threats continued and escalated, Twitter did nothing to sanction the offending users. However, Bennett’s local sheriff office took the threat seriously and ensured that she would be able to protect herself if necessary.
In a process that generally takes “up to 45 days in the state of Ohio,” the department rushed Bennett’s concealed carry permit application process to a record 20 minutes.
While it is disturbing that Twitter does not seek to protect its users or discourage hatred, it also regarded Bennett as underserving of exercising her first and second amendments rights in her post on Wednesday.
In it, she crossed two handguns behind her back above a caption that read, “If I had a pistol for every gender there is.”
Yet just a day later, Twitter informed Bennett that she had somehow violated its terms and services and would be temporarily banned from the site.
In its notification, it informed her that Twitter users “may not engage in the targeted harassment of someone or incite other people to do so” and continued that “we consider abusive behavior an attempt to harass, intimidate, or silence someone else’s voice.”
Yet Bennett was doing nothing of the sort and was in no way promoting gun violence in schools nor towards transgender people as pertaining to her gender comment.
Even so, she was banned, but the users who made threats were not despite many suggesting that does not deserve to have an opinion and should kill herself.
This continually shows that Twitter and other social media platforms censor conservative voices, promoting America’s youth to take a liberal lean.
Considering that Bennet campaigns for basic liberties such as free speech and bearing arms, this is surely not the last that social media will see of her.
She is in close company with other female second amendment advocates such as Brenna Spencer, from Tennessee, who have received similar hatred for empowering women to arm themselves.
In Spencer’s case, she also expressed her willingness to carry in her college graduation photos which showed her carrying a pistol in a belly band concealed by a ‘Women For Trump’ T-shirt.
Not only did critics condemn Spencer for advocating for firearms, one even attempted to have her arrested when she was perfectly within her rights.
While situations such as Bennett’s and Spencer’s are frustrating to hear about, they do remind one of a promising point: that conservatives are the silent majority, meaning that they are among similar company more often than thought. Yet this is easy to forget with liberalism behind much of the media.
However, that will not stop advocates on the right, especially those bold enough to post their views on liberal platforms and face the repercussions.
Considering the recent patriotism of these young women, the future is promising for the next generation of conservatives.