VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (CBSDC) – A student claims his request for wanting to create a Second Amendment Club on campus at ECPI University was denied.
Patrick Winslow has garnered support from gun rights groups across the country for his request to start the club so that he can inform the local campus community about gun rights.
“I have now taken on an effort to want to educate the students and the faculty on the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, federal and state laws regarding gun control and gun laws and so forth,” Winslow told WAVY.
Winslow received a response from the ECPI Campus Director of Academic Affairs denying his request originally.
The response obtained by WAVY states: “Patrick, the University wouldn’t sponsor a club like this as it does not correlate to program enhancement or community service.”
The president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, Philip Van Cleave, described the response as “anti-gun double standards.”
“I was shocked,” Van Cleave told WAVY. “It’s a group that would be meeting and talking about the Constitution, the Second Amendment and so forth, and they basically said that’s not a public service. You would hope doing the criminal justice system, they would understand what the Second Amendment is, but maybe they don’t.”
Mark Dreyfus, the President of the university, counters that the public doesn’t know the full story.
“I actually didn’t hear about it until we started getting bombarded with blogs and emails,” Dreyfus told WAVY. “He wanted to start a club with the intent, expressed intent, with changing our policy on the carry law at the institution. It really tells you about the Internet today and what’s out there is not necessarily the truth.”
Dreyfus shared that they’ve been threatened and accused of wrongdoing from people who don’t truly understand what they were reacting to. There are two federal laws that restrict the possession of firearms in or near schools.
Winslow stated that he will appeal his request and use better verbiage about what the intent of the club is.