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Katie Pavlich discusses campus carry amid colorful protests

The contentious speaker was met with students wielding dildos, shouting ‘cocks not glocks’
Riley Steinbrenner

Young Americans for Freedom hosted conservative journalist, Katie Pavlich Tuesday for an event titled “Trigger Warning: The Second Amendment and Self Defense.”

Pavlich, the editor of, a contributing editor to Townhall magazine and the author of two books, discussed why Second Amendment rights are necessary for college aged students.

The contentious speaker drew University of Wisconsin students to protest outside of the event in a protest titled “The Bonerfide Penis Arts Fest.” The protesters met outside Brogden Psychology building wielding dildos and shouting “cocks not glocks.”


Despite the UW System policy passed Friday that prohibits student protest, UW spokesperson Meredith McGlone said in a statement that the university was pleased with the peacefulness of the protest.

“Student life staff, university police and others worked to support a successful event, meeting with organizers, planning and providing security,” McGlone said in the statement. “Protestors, if known in advance, are also offered the same opportunity. We are pleased that tonight’s lecture and demonstration were peaceful and allowed for the expression of a wide range of viewpoints.”

Though she planned not to address the protesters, Pavlich,  said those wielding dildos are “immature, silly, absurd and outright dumb,” and that the protests actually violate the UW sexual harassment policy, because men were waving the sexual objects.

Pavlich went on to define the Second Amendment and discuss the fallacies associated with guns in the media.

Pavlich said it is important to get the truth about the Second Amendment despite what the media and politicians have said regarding gun violence.

“The lies and hypocrisies surrounding this issue are running rampant,” Pavlich said.

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While the police do the best they can to protect citizens, they can’t always be there to prevent crimes, Pavlich said. Therefore, citizens need to exercise their Second Amendment right protect themselves with firearms.

Pavlich said the politicians and celebrities on the left often argue for more gun control so those who aren’t like them are disarmed, but this argument is hypocritical.

“In [celebrity’s] minds, only the privileged have the freedom to defend themselves,” Pavlich said.

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Women in particular on college campus are vulnerable, Pavlich said.

In college, Pavlich said she felt more comfortable knowing she had a gun while she was at home, but felt uneasy that she couldn’t bring her gun on a campus to protect herself while walking home.

“Why is it that the right of adult college students end at the campus border?” Pavlich said.

Universities do not provide students, particularly women, with adequate knowledge about how to fend off an attack, Pavlich said.

She said an alternative to guns, the anti-gun politicians and universities around the country have told female students to urinate on or vomit on their attacker.

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In order to be more open about gun rights, Pavlich said students should take friends to a shooting range and have conversations with their peers about why students should have access to guns.

“Nobody has the right to turn you into a victim or take your rights away because they’re uncomfortable,” Pavlich said.

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