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College Journalist: Let Students Arms Themselves Against Rape

By    |   Friday, 08 May 2015 07:21 PM

Campus rape is not the epidemic portrayed by liberals, but the problem is serious enough that lawmakers should permit students to arm themselves against sexual predators, conservative journalist and college senior Gabriella Morrongiello told Newsmax TV on Friday.

"I am still in college and I'm a woman, and campus carry legislation is a tremendous step towards making women safer on college campuses," Morrongiello, a CampusReform.org correspondent who attends George Washington University in Washington, D.C., told "Newsmax Now" co-host Miranda Khan.

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"For a woman to be able to choose to take the proper trainings and learn how to properly handle a gun, and then be able to carry that on a college campus — the fact is that she's way more likely to be able to defend herself against a crime such as sexual assault under this type of legislation," said Morrongiello,

Several states have introduced "campus carry" legislation in response to reports of a rise in campus sexual assaults, sparking a heated national debate.

"You need to take all these reports, first off, with a grain of salt because a lot of these numbers, such as the popular one-in-five statistic, have been debunked by a number of different organizations and media outlets," said Morrongiello.

"So, it's important for Americans to first realize that this notion that there's an epidemic of campus sexual assault isn't actually true," she said. "It's more or less something that the left has pushed to say that campus sexual assault is a crisis and the only way that we can solve it is by expanding the scope of government."

Government has a role, she said, insofar as campus sexual assault should be treated as a criminal matter, with reported cases turned over to local law enforcement agencies — and not investigated or adjudicated by the schools themselves, she said.

"If we want to solve this problem . . . on college campuses — not necessarily an epidemic, but it is an issue — we need to allow the [college] administrators to be relieved of the burden of having to hold these rape trials on college campuses," said Morrongiello.

"That isn't their responsibility, and this is something that needs to be shifted back to law enforcement and to our judicial system."

Morrongiello also discussed a pair of campus religious controversies that have erupted in two different states.

In Florida, a student at Polk State College is accusing her humanities professor of anti-Christian bias, saying he gave her zeroes on four consecutive assignments because she refused to deny her faith. The college is defending the professor and calling the student's accusation unfounded.

"I don't know if . . . you are familiar with the film 'God's Not Dead,' but this is literally the plot of a fictional film coming to real life," said Morrongiello, referencing a 2014 drama starring Kevin Sorbo.

In the real-life case, she said, the professor's "intolerance towards his religious students is an embarrassment to academia, and it's blatant discrimination on the basis of faith, which is illegal in the United States and certainly shouldn't be allowed on college campuses."

Morrongiello also criticized California lawmakers who killed a bill to allow religious groups on campus that don't admit members of other faiths to still receive university recognition and funding.

The Student Freedom of Association Act died in a committee vote, leaving intact a non-discrimination policy under which some sectarian student groups said they are effectively barred from campus.

"If you're going to say that a student organization, in order to get university funding, can't discriminate on the basis of their leader's values and their voting members' values, what does that say about the College Republicans?" said Morrongiello. "Can they not prevent a Democrat from running the College Republicans on campus?

"Can a meat-loving individual not then go and apply to run the student animal rights activism group?" she said. "Do these people not realize that this is what this . . . policy is going to eventually lead to? It's insanity, and it shouldn't be happening on college campuses."

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