Via Campus Reform:
A biology professor at the University of California, Irvine subjected his class to an off-topic discourse on gun control Thursday in response to the San Bernardino shootings.
In a video provided to Campus Reform by Peter Van Voorhis, a student in the class, Prof. Richard Symanski advises his introductory-level Biological Sciences 1A course—specifically singling out the many freshmen that he knew would be in attendance—that if they are looking for a cause with which to become involved, they should “probably jump on this gun issue,” noting that it “just boggles my mind every time I think about it.”
“Who’s the big culprit of this?” he asked in a tone that discouraged hand-raising. “It’s the NRA—the National Rifle Association—which is enormously powerful in this country, in a way that you and I can’t imagine.”
Symanski lamented that the NRA’s central argument—that people, not guns, are responsible for violence—have never made sense to him, because he considers people to be incapable of resisting the universal urge to pull the trigger when firearms are at hand.
“Look,we’re all sort of off the edge at some point, right? We don’t know when we’re going to fly off edge. And what does the issue become? The issue becomes do we have access to a gun or an AK47 or an automatic weapon? If we don’t have access to the damn thing we can’t kill anybody.”
Symanski was well “outside of his lane” in his political rant, which was as factually ignorant ans it was inappropriate.
The professor said nothing about the fact that this was an Islamic terrorist attack.