Texas Professor Quits Over Concealed Carry Law

Texas Professor Quits Over Concealed Carry Law

Texas’s Campus Carry Law goes into effect on August 1, 2016.  It changes state regulation of concealed carry, allowing—with some exceptions—students and faculty who have a concealed carry license to carry a concealed handgun on college and university campuses and in classrooms. Previously, the possession of a firearm had been prohibited on campus, with or without a permit.

And at least one professor isn’t happy about it.

“With a huge group of students, my perception is that the risk that a disgruntled student might bring a gun into the classroom and start shooting at me has been substantially enhanced by the concealed-carry law,” said Daniel Hamermesh, Professor Emeritus of economics at the University of Texas.

He went on to speculate about the impact the law might have on the university’s efforts to recruit new faculty.

“My guess is somebody thinking about coming to Texas is going to think twice about being a professor here,” Professor Hamermesh wrote in a letter to UT President Gregory Fenves. “It’s going to make it more difficult for Texas to compete in the market for faculty.”

Not all share Professor Hamermesh’s views however. Texas State Representative Allen Fletcher, author of the bill in question, has been vocal in his dissent. Representative Fletcher disputes the notion that criminals are deterred by gun-free zone laws: “The reality is that criminals will go into the classroom, as evidenced recently in Oregon’s gun free classroom, and do what criminals do – break the law.”

What actual effect it has on campus safety has yet to be seen.

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  • zippiest

    That’s one way to get snotty self serving liberals and lying socialists out of college campuses!

    My bet is he’s an awful human being, if he’s worried about a disgruntled student… Be nice to people you liberal fool, and you wouldn’t need to worry about this!

    Kudos Texas! You’re on your way to saving more lives than you know!

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  • Retrobutrelevant

    LIving in Texas I’m hearing a large number of “profs” (I remind you Obie is one, so it has no standing in my opinion) and teachers are pushing back on this wonderful gun law. They would rather die at the hand of a serial, mass murderer, than be defended by a patriot student or teacher. I can tell you its mostly the out of state, yankee, usually female, suck up profs that are complainiing. There is truly something insane about liberals. Its a genetic thing. They almost never change their mind. I say good riddance to this coward, and suggest he teach in a way that doesn’t make his students want to shoot him. This could be the cure for arrogant, condescending teachers of all kinds. GOD BLESS TEXAS.

    • Bob P

      Yankee, female, Texas prejudices don’t help the cause, just makes you sound irrelevant.

    • LastNameFirst

      I gave you a thumbs up, BUT you don’t need to be claiming them as Yankees. You have plenty of libs in your city down there that were born there. There is also plenty of northern states that are pro-gun and more lenient than Texas. So you might want to refrain your stereo typing. Texas would NEVER survive on its own. GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!

  • Bob P

    Hamermesh’s communication sends the message that the writer is illogical and insecure. UT is most likely better off without him.

  • williewvr

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  • Jerome E. Goodwin

    Obviously does not like his student otherwise he would trust them.

  • zippiest

    It’s funny fox picked up the story, then infowars. But we read about it here first.

  • rev_dave

    Don’t let the door pinch your tail on the way out, perfessor.

  • Sarge

    Good, glad to be rid of him and folks like him.

  • Greg Taylor

    Classic example of someone who is over educated with no common sense! If a student wanted to kill him with a gun,the student wouldnt care if there was a law prohibiting it! On the other hand if said student came in threatening,perhaps a good guy carrying would take him out prior to the carnage ir at least lessen the toll.

  • Curtis Johnese

    The dumbass is to stupid to realize that if someone was going to come to his classroom to shoot him that they wouldn’t have waited until he could legally bring one in there.

  • Wesley Mouch

    The Liberal dream of gun control exists. It existed on the campus in Oregon. Every gun free school is the utopia the left wants! It exists in almost every school and pro football game in this country. Every one of them is a gun-free zone. It’s exactly what the Liberals want, there aren’t any guns… in the hands of good people. So how’s that gun free UTOPIA working out for you? Liberalism, opposes self-defense in principle. It opposes any attempt to empower potential victims. It opposes any real effort to take power away from the bad guy by giving it to his would-be prey. It thinks victimhood is an ideal, not something to be defended against. It wants you to be a victim. Plain and simple. And this is what really drives their outrage in these situations. So, there’s a mass murderer in your classroom, and you don’t want anyone to try and shoot back at him? You’d rather he mow you all down? You’d rather sit there helplessly while
    he ushers you into the middle of the room and systematically executes you? This is the sort of thought process liberalism encourages. Better to be a victim, liberalism says. Better to die quietly.

  • bjensen

    So if he’s so worried about a student shooting him because he makes them mad, I’d have to ask how many times he’s been punched in the face or otherwise attacked by a pissed off student, because if the answer is Zero (and I’m sure it is) then he’s outta his mind (and I’m sure he is) if he thinks that a student is going to attack him just because they can now carry a firearm.

  • Law_dog1

    The College Professor; stating “with the risk of having a student shoot at him in class I’m leaving” Well Professor if your classes are boring maybe they will! LOL LOL! Thanks for leaving – Professor and don’t let the door hit you in your behind!

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