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On Tuesday night, Katie Pavlich spoke at UW Madison about the second amendment and students arming themselves. Her appearance was met with a protest from an anti-gun group, C*cks Not Glocks. Before the protest began, the organizer, Kat Kerwin, was willing to speak about why she was protesting. After Pavlich spoke, Abby Streu, the Chairwoman of Young Americans for Freedom at UW Madison, offered her thoughts on the protests and other events surrounding Pavlich’s appearance.
Legislative Affairs Chair, Kat Kerwin, speaking about the permitless carry bill this afternoon at the capital. She was joined by Rep. Taylor and Rep. Sargent.
Kat Kerwin: “We’re out here protesting Katie Pavlich’s event because, I believe she was brought to campus not to promote any sort of ideologies or any sort of intellectual discussion, but I really think she was brought here to divide campus. Her messaging is super, super problematic, especially on a campus where one in four females will be sexually assaulted and I think the idea that she promotes women would not be raped if they armed themselves is super offensive. Like I said, especially on this campus where one in four women will be sexually assaulted and so we’re protesting today to kind of get a chance to come out and have students be able to draw attention around the fact that this speaker is speaking on our campus and not to disrupt her speech but to shed light on the absurdity of her speech by kind of talking about gun violence in a positive way and talking about gun violence prevention in a positive way.”
“What do you mean UW Madison tried to block the public?”
“I don’t think that is specific to Katie Pavlich. I think that is something that is routine for any speaker on campus and I think it ‘s good for speakers to get co-sponsors.”
“Most likely because of the campus climate right now, the freedom of speech resolution was just passed by the board of regents. There is kind of a new sort of discussion around campus speech because of these new policies that are being put into place.”
“I am on the Title IX board and have not been notified from them, the Dean of Students, or Campus Police.”
Abby Streu: “Yeah, I was actually in Chicago for most of it so I was trying to do it over email, it was kind of hectic.”
“I’m not really sure, I really actually don’t know what’s happening on the end of administration so I guess that’s completely up to them for them to reveal in time. I mean, it seems weird that this is the one they wanted to use that rule as a thing. I don’t know if it’s because of gun rights or whatever, that’s maybe more volatile than safe spaces. I’m not really sure if that’s a true statement, I can’t really read their minds.
“That’s kind of ridiculous. Basically I called her out on Twitter a few days ago where she was calling our group alt-right because we deny that racism and rape is a problem, which is kind of a joke because we addressed rape in this seminar. I fully believe that I have the right to carry and defend myself from that and I’ve never said that racism isn’t an issue. I think there are people who are individually racist and they should be handled accordingly. She said that she was going to refer to us exclusively as alt-right until we convict those, which is preposterous, so I told her I was going to exclusively refer to her as a misogynist until she admitted that women have a right to defend themselves.”
“She never responded. I know she started tweeting at Katie, so she’s gotta be aware of the Title IX violations. Maybe she doesn’t think that it’s a breaking of that but say she was doing that to any speakers and say that speaker had been raped once in their life. Would she be okay with it then. I don’t think it’s okay in that circumstance and I don’t think it’s okay in really any circumstance because of that situation.”
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