A hysterical University of Texas economics professor has quit his post and announced plans that he’s going “Down Under” as a result of a new gun law taking effect that will allow college students with a concealed carry permit to carry concealed in campus buildings.
An esteemed economics professor at the University of Texas at Austin resigned in the wake of a new open carry law that could allow people to have concealed weapons in college buildings.
The law’s supporters argue it will help protect students and faculty in the event of a shooting. But, Daniel Hamermesh, who is the Sue Killam Professor Emeritus, wrote in a letter to University President Greg Fenves that the law enhanced the “risk that a disgruntled student might bring a gun into the classroom.”
“The issue is not people like me, I’m small potatoes, the real issue is that for Texas, for people who are thinking about coming here, they have lots of alternatives. The ones we want to hire here do have alternatives,” he wrote in the letter, which was published by Texas’s KXAN.
The law goes into effect Aug. 1, 2016 and would allow licensed gun owners to carry concealed weapons into classrooms and university buildings.
According to his bio, Hamermesh taught at the University of Texas from 1993 until 2014 when he retired. He was set to teach a course every fall until 2017, but given the change in the law he’s decided not to maintain the contract.
In a letter to the President, Hamermesh explained that he’ll be spending some of next fall at the University of Sydney where “the risk seems lower.”
Hamermesh cited prior shooting incidents of professors by lawful concealed carriers in his letter as justification for quitting…
Wait a minute… he didn’t. In fact, Hamermesh couldn’t, as there aren’t any documented instances of students with concealed carry permits murdering their professors with a legally-concealed handgun on a college campus in U.S. history.
Hamersmith also noted that he taught primarily taught 18-year-olds. Concealed carry permit holders must be 21-years-old, and so his argument that his course run a “substantially enhanced” risk also falls flat as a matter of facts and logic.
Put bluntly, Professor Hamersmith isn’t making even a remotely reasonable case for his quitting the University of Texas at Austin, and instead appears to merely be scapegoating the new Texas law as an excuse.