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ThunderPower Megaphones Should be Welcomed on Campuses

Photo of Gianno Caldwell using a ThunderPower Megaphone during a recent rally at Loyola Marymount University.

ThunderPower Megaphones are becoming part of a large debate that’s taking place on college campuses across the county: are universities fanning the flames of free speech or acting like First Amendment fire extinguishers?

Recently, Fox News Political Analyst and Author, Gianno Caldwell used one of the ThunderPower 450 Megaphones during a Los Angeles-based Democratic Presidential Debate held at Loyola Marymount University. He was there to promote his conservative views and his new book, “Taken for Granted” when he was accosted with angry voices from the university’s student body.

“Yesterday, I was threatened with violence, called a race traitor, called an Uncle Tom and Coon. No, this was not a Trump rally. I was at the DNC Presidential debate in LA where I thought there would be “inclusive” thought,” he posted on his Twitter page as he used his ThunderPower bullhorn to be heard above opposition voices.

Gianno Caldwell, Fox News Political Commentator

ThunderPower Megaphones Has Been A Staunch Support of the 1st Amendment

For more than 20 years, Thunder Power Megaphones have been a staunch supporter of the First Amendment and Free Speech. Whether liberal views, conservative views, religious views, or just plain loud views, ThunderPower bullhorns ensures you will be heard! However, more and more college campuses seem to be excluding individuals and groups from speaking on campus, creating a restrictive environment rather than a tolerant environment more suited to a learning setting.

A recent study analyzed the written policies of 466 of America’s top colleges and universities to see just how much these campuses protected free speech. The report finds that 89.7 percent of American colleges maintain policies that restrict — or too easily could restrict — student and faculty expression.

“Most colleges impose burdensome conditions on expression by maintaining policies that restrict students’ free speech rights,” said Laura Beltz, lead author of the study. “Colleges should be a place for open debate and intellectual inquiry, but today, almost all colleges silence expression through policies that are often illiberal and, at public institutions, unconstitutional.”

Interestingly, private institutions do not have to follow the First Amendment but are responsible for living up to their institutional commitments to free speech. Sadly, nearly nine out of ten private institutions fall short of those promises. Only 6 percent live up to their pledged speech protections according to the report.

However, some university scholars vigorously disagree with this sentiment. Lee C. Bollinger for example is the President of Columbia University, and recently wrote an article in The Atlantic magazine outlining her beliefs that free speech in today’s college campuses is actually evolving in a very positive direction. She states, “At Columbia and at thousands of other schools across the United States, controversial ideas are routinely expressed by speakers on both the left and the right and have been for decades. In fact, Columbia University is something of a magnet for provocative speakers. During the 2017–18 academic year, the conservative radio talk-show host and author Dennis Prager spoke at Columbia. The Fox News legal commentator Alan Dershowitz, the 2016 Republican Party presidential candidate Herman Cain, and the immigration activist Mark Krikorian spoke too—all without incident,” said Bollinger.

But ThunderPower Megaphone believes that the true value the right of free speech is put to its severest test when the speaker is someone we disagree with most. Speech that deeply offends our morality or is hostile to our way of life warrants the same constitutional protection as other speech because the right of free speech is indivisible: When we allow anyone or any institution to suppress controversial or unfamiliar ideas, we are all subject to a dangerous level of censorship.  by the state. Since our founding, ThunderPower Megaphone has believed in the free expression of all ideas, popular or unpopular.