Student Congress Discriminates Against Gun Group on Campus

The following is an excerpt from an early March post at Carolina Review Daily posted by writer Ben Smith, concerning the ongoing discrimination against Tar Heel Rifle and Pistol Club by members of student government.

Chapel Hill, NC- Last night, student congress at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill passed a controversial bill on a hastily maneuvered procedural vote only one minute and thirty seconds into debate.

In the days leading up to the vote, there was speculation that the bill’s author, Rep. Austin Root of the third congressional student district, was possibly passing off his personal dislike for the group. Many of the other members of congress believed that he was discriminating against and singling out the Rifle and Pistol Club.

Brittany Best, the Chair of the Finance Community said, “It is my opinion that there was absolutely discrimination involved.  Individuals in Student Congress have openly expressed their opinions in taking a stance against Tar Heel Rifle and Pistol Club by attempting to stop the funding of ammunition and create precedent prohibiting this in the future.”

As the Tar Heel Pistol and Rifle Club’s members filed into the room where congress was meeting, an email was sent through the congressional listserv with a conversation between Speaker Pro Tempore Connor Brady and Austin Root. The conversation is a heated exchange in which Rep. Root admits his is discriminating against the group. Below you can see images of that conversation.

Knowing that the email was circulating, Rep. Root and his colleagues acted fast. Division was called and the roll call vote commenced. Despite the numerous objections, the vote passed and the bill was agreed to without debate.”

Many of the representatives were, understandably furious at this gross violation of procedure. Below, you can see the reasoning process of the bill’s author, Austin Root, in working against the club.

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