UF Young Americans for Freedom’s pro-gun banner vandalized

UF Young Americans for Freedom’s pro-gun banner vandalized

Gun Rights

UF’s Young Americans for Freedom gun rights banner hangs on Plaza of the Americas Saturday morning after being spray painted with the words “Go away” by an unknown vandalist. It only took 12 days for a UF conservative student organizations banner reading “Come and take it” to be vandalized. The banner was put up on the Plaza of Americas on March 25 by UF’s chapter of Young Americans for Freedom. In February, a similar incident occurred involving a “Build the Wall” banner hung up by YAF on Plaza of the Americas. The banner was cut down three times in two days. Dylan Finucan, a member of the organization, found the banner vandalized with red spray paint, It had the words “Go away” and “Antifa”, and the hammer and sickle symbol painted. Gainesville Anti-Fascists, a local antifa group, said the group did not organize the graffiti on the banner. The group declined to answer further questions. “I find it so disappointing that these individuals were so offended by our speech and expression,” Finucan said. “They cannot commit vandalism to stifle the speech of others.” YAF put up the banner to advocate for second amendment right, Finucan said. The banner had an assault rifle painted on top of the phrase, “Come and take it.” Several YAF members have filed a police report with University Police, Finucan said. It is unknown whether cameras in the area filmed the incident, said UF spokesperson Steve Orlando. YAF held the proper permit from the UF […]

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