TO THE EDITOR:
We were disappointed to see The Daily Tar Heel editorial board standing solidly against a group with whom they disagree, Tar Heel Rifle and Pistol Club (“QuickHits,” Oct. 15).
While the editorial board clearly takes issue with the club’s support of our Second Amendment rights, the statement “We’re a little scared of guns” is ironic because the primary aim of Tar Heel Rifle and Pistol is to promote firearm safety procedures.
Perhaps the most curious reason given in opposition to the allocation was that “guns are controversial.” Since this comes from a student newspaper whose very existence depends upon the First Amendment, we question why something deemed by the DTH as “controversial” shouldn’t receive funding unless the DTH is now the supreme arbiter on which events should or should not receive funding by student government.
Similarly, the $30 allocation to purchase ammunition allows students to participate in an event that widens their experience and understand more fully our rights guaranteed by the Constitution.
Anthony E. Dent
Treasurer, Tar Heel Rifle and Pistol Club
District 6 Student Congress Representative
Co-president, Tar Heel Rifle and Pistol Club