In my time as a writer, one area I’ve spent a lot of time paying attention to is the stupid that comes out of college campuses. We already knew they leaned left, but now they’re so far over that they’re practically horizontal. That’s due to both the faculty and the students.
A prime example of this is something that just happened near Harvard University, where a student was forced to move out of her off-campus apartment because of legally owned and stored firearms.
A graduate student at Harvard University is being forced out of her apartment because her roommates feel “uncomfortable” about her legally owned and stored firearms, according to a new report from the Washington Free Beacon.
Leyla Pirnie, 24, believes her political beliefs and her background motivated her roommates’ actions. They searched her room while she was away on a weekend trip, and, when they claim they found her firearms, they sent their landlord an email requesting that she move.
“When I asked them why they were in my room to begin with, they each came up with completely contradicting stories (none of which made any sense), but one comment struck me in particular: ‘We saw that you had a MAGA hat and come on, you’re from Alabama… so we just kind of assumed that you had something,’” she said. “I asked why they didn’t just call me and ask me before intruding. One of the girls responded that fear took over her body and she felt compelled to search my room until she found proof… I cannot make this up.”
Just to be clear, Harvard itself had no direct hand in this move at all, nor were Pirnie’s roommates students at the university. But, it appears they do share the liberal, college student mentality that those with differing opinions shouldn’t be tolerated or respected.
These roommates decided to plunder in Pirnie’s bedroom looking for something to be outraged over. They clearly wanted her gone because of something they didn’t like, and so they decided to look for a reason. My guess is that they aren’t believers in private property anyway, so the idea of invading someone’s room and plundering the place for anything incriminating didn’t seem troublesome to them. That’s not a real leap from “take everything the rich have,” if you really think about it. No respect for private property is no respect for private property.
Meanwhile, this is where the stigmatization of gun owners is going to take us. Today, it’s a grad student who is forced out by her roommates. Tomorrow, it could be landlords evicting families because someone is a hunter and has a rifle. Let’s be honest, it’s not a real stretch to imagine such a thing.
Pirnie is just one casualty in what will likely become a trend.
On the plus side for her, at least, is that now maybe she can find somewhere to live where people aren’t going to go plundering through her belongings while she’s away. I just hope this wasn’t too bad of an inconvenience in the meantime.
Seriously. Who does that?
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story mistook Pirnie’s roommates as fellow Harvard students. It has since been corrected.