Let’s Bring American Sniper to Every College Campus!




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In case you don’t keep up on what’s happening on college campuses these days, one of the latest controversies has to do with the showing of the movie, “American Sniper” on campus.

Recently, a number of campuses have experienced conflicts when attempts were made to show the film showing the story of Chris Kyle, whom most of us in this country regard as an American hero. These campuses include the University of Missouri, University of Michigan, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York and Eastern Michigan University. In the case of the University of Michigan, the film was initially cancelled then rescheduled after public outrage ensued. Most recently at Eastern Michigan University, some students stormed the stage during the first of two showings and were arrested. The first showing resumed, but the second showing was cancelled.

Clearly the battle lines are being drawn when a small group of students on each campus can shut down the showing of a film that honors our military. Therefore, I feel it is time that those of us on each campus who care about our country and respect our military should step up and try to bring “American Sniper” our schools.

To that end, I sent an e-mail this afternoon to the UC Irvine (where I teach part-time) Office of Veterans Affairs suggesting that they sponsor a showing of this film on campus. I will report back when I receive a response.

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About the author

Gary Fouse

Born 1945 in Los Angeles. Currently employed since 1998 as adjunct teacher at University of California at Irvine Ext. teaching English as a second language.
Education: BS in Police Science and Administration California State University at Los Angeles (1970)
Master of Education at University of Virginia (1993)
Served three years in US Army Military Police Corps at Erlangen, Germany 1966-68.
1970-1973- Criminal Investigator with US Customs
1973-1995 Criminal Investigator with Drug Enforcement Administration. Stationed in Los Angeles, Bangkok, Milan, Italy, Pittsburgh and Office of Training, FBI Academy, Quantico, Va until retirement.
Author of Erlangen-An American's History of a German Town-University Press of America 2005
The Story of Papiamentu-A Study in Slavery and Language, University Press of America, 2002
The Languages of the Former Soviet Republics-Their History and Development, University Press of America, 2000

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