No persecution to it, just reality my friend.
Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.
Alexis de Tocqueville
The real issue, then, is "who do you want to be a pawn for. Those who will defend your rights or those who want to take them away?"
A screaming comes across the sky.
It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.Pynchon - Gravity's Rainbow
Every action involves risks of some sort, frequently risks to life and health. People in the military chose that risk since they felt the reward was worth it. This is no different than a fireman accepting the risk to do his job, nor the person who commutes to work accepting the risk of the commute.
Part of any intellectual discourse is the ability to express and, yes "painful" as it might seem to some who are overconfident in the "correctness" of their views, listen to differing perspectives. Rather than heckling, the students had ample opportunity to step to the microphone afterward to counter the viewpoint. That would have been the proper and respectful approach. Unfortunately, that's not what happened.