Dismayed over a new state law that will make it legal for concealed-carry license holders to bring their guns onto college campuses, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin is calling it quits. Daniel Hamermesh, 72, has taught economics at UT Austin since 1993, but he’s decided the time has come for him to make his exit.
“I don’t want to bear the increased risk of facing a student in my office that gets disgruntled and pulls a gun out on me,” Hamermesh said.
Someone should tell Hamermesh he’s been bearing that risk for 22 years. Regardless of the state’s view on concealed handguns, it has never been legal for a student to threaten a professor with one. It will continue to be illegal after this law goes into effect next August.
But Hamermesh and many other educators believe that Texas colleges will revert to the days of barbarism in light of the legislation, and roving bands of armed students will make it impossible to teach. “I worry about the feeling of tension this would engender because somebody might do something, and you’re always going to be on alert.”
Lordy, maybe he’s right to retire. If he really thinks this law is going to create a Wild West atmosphere on campus, he probably doesn’t have the sense to keep up with an academic workload. Has Hamermesh ever entertained the idea that there might already be guns on campus, despite the law? He says at one point that the law infringes on his freedom to run his classroom like a “castle.” When was the last time Hamermesh started class with a patdown? Do students walk through metal detectors to get into his economics classroom? Not likely.
But he’s one of many liberals who confuse gun freedoms with gun mandates. As if they’re going to start selling firearms in the UT Austin commissary. Maybe hand them out to freshmen who buy their books at the campus store. He sees this ridiculous vision of a campus where everyone has a gun tucked away in their pants, just waiting for an excuse to blow some fool into the afterlife.
Alas, Hamermesh is going to miss all the fun if he declines to return next August. A group of UT Austin students have decided to hold a “strap in” next year to protest the law. What’s a “strap in”, you ask? Well, it’s an event where anti-gun students stick dildos to their backpacks. If you’re having a hard time making the connection between sex toys and guns, protest organizer Jessica Jin can straighten it out for you.
“You would receive a citation for taking a DILDO to class before you would get in trouble for taking a gun to class,” she wrote on the event’s Facebook page. “Heaven forbid the penis.”
That is a travesty, considering the constitutional amendment that guarantees every American the right to bear masturbatory aids. Guess Texas lawmakers need to go back in and correct this injustice.
Hamermesh, Jin, and the rest of the anti-gun liberals fear that the new law will stifle free speech. Everyone will be so terrified of getting shot, they won’t dare say anything controversial. Funny, though. These people don’t seem so concerned about free speech when they’re hammering on about safe spaces and trigger warnings and “hate.” No, then it’s perfectly acceptable to hinder free speech. Noble, even. They have a very on-again, off-again relationship with liberty, don’t they?
Proves one thing, though: You don’t have to wait until next August to see dildos on campus.