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This Town Wouldn’t Be Cancelled

At times it seems as if the cancel culture brigades have won the battle, notching a victory for what they claim is inclusiveness, but which is really nothing more than the desire to silence others and force them to comport with a particular viewpoint.

But some don’t give in to political correctness. Salena Zito reports for realclearpolitics.com on the Pennsylvania town that didn’t rush to appease the voices that didn’t like a school’s raffle.

The Cedar Cliff Colts booster club has an annual obligation to raise around $50,000 for new equipment. Running out of options, the volunteer parents came up with a fundraising plan that suited the traditions of the community — have both the volunteers of the booster club and the parents of the players sell raffle tickets offering 10 different prizes, five of which were guns. 

We can pretty much predict what occurred next when a parent complained. Or can we? (emphasis is mine)

The school, citing its lack of jurisdiction over the matter, didn’t try to stop the event. The community didn’t storm the school with protests outside its doors. It was hard to find any evidence of outrage, even on social media.

Around here, the whining winds of outrage were still because people in this community calmly said, “Not in our town.” 

David Ellis, the owner of DnJ Precision Custom Firearms and Ammo, is supplying the guns for the raffle. 

“People around here have a deep respect for guns,” he said. “They own them, they use them in practice in hunting and target shooting. They teach their children at a young age the same values and the importance of gun safety.” 

Let this town be a lesson to us all that it’s important to stay calm when critics come calling. When we cower and cave, we shut down free thought. Let each of us have the freedom and tolerance to believe as we want, and the maturity to accept that others will disagree. We don’t have to “do something” when someone complains.

Donna Martinez / Senior Writer and Editor

Donna came to the John Locke Foundation in January 2003 after freelance writing for Carolina Journal and contributing to projects for the North Carolina Education Alliance. He...