Conservative student assaulted during ‘change my mind’ event

On April 20, 2018, Liberty Hangout, a right libertarian group at Kent State University, hosted a “change my mind” event on the K on the subject of gun rights. During the event, John Marcinkiewicz, a freshman political science major at Kent State, approached the group and assaulted their cameraman, Nathan Murphy.

According to Liberty Hangout, Marcinkiewicz approached the group around 3:15 p.m. and engaged them in conversation. Marcinkiewicz debated with the group for over thirteen minutes before crumpling up an informational paper he had been handed and striking the camera — a Canon Rebel T6i, priced at roughly $650 — out of Nathan Murphy’s hands.


Along with the body, the camera’s mounted RODE video microphone, priced at roughly $150, was damaged, along with a 55mm lens, priced roughly at $100.

Afterward, according to another video recorded by Liberty Hangout, the group followed Marcinkiewicz towards the library to confront him about the cost of replacing their equipment. Marcinkiewicz apologized and stated he did not have enough money to refund their equipment.

 According to Liberty Hangout:

The Kent Conservative reached out to Kaitlin Bennett, president of the Liberty Hangout club at Kent State, for her comments on the assault.

“Gun control advocates preach about non-violence,” Bennett commented, “but it is far too common to see them either making threats verbally, or actually physically harming someone and their property. What will Kent State come to when dialogue can’t happen on campus because people are being assaulted?”

This article was originally published in The Kent Conservative, a conservative student newspaper affiliated with the Leadership Institute’s Campus Leadership Program. Its articles are republished here with permission.

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