Professors Say Campus Carry is a Threat to Free Speech, Judge Says Otherwise
University of Texas Professors Jennifer Lynn Glass, Lisa Moore, and Mila Carter filed suit against the state of Texas last week, claiming that by allowing students to carry firearms at their school and other college campuses, the state had created a situation where freedom of speech was in jeopardy.
Developing the lawsuit out of common left-wing punditry, the professors argued that if students were allowed to walk around with guns, it would lead to all sorts of chilling effects. As one of the professors put it, the “possibility of the presence of concealed weapons in a classroom impedes my and other professors’ ability to create a daring, intellectually active, mutually supportive, and engaged community of thinkers.” Which is the laborious way to say, We’ll be too afraid of gun-totin’ conservatives to tell them how stupid they are in the liberal think-tanks we call college classrooms.
Now, perhaps someone should have reminded Glass, Moore, and Carter that the “possibility of the presence of concealed weapons” already existed before the Texas State legislature passed a law permitting concealed carry on college campuses. Seeing as how, if no one KNOWS you’re carrying a gun, there’s not much anyone can do about it. And while, yes, law-abiding students may now feel more comfortable packing heat, those really aren’t the ones you need to worry about, are they? But liberals are determined to ignore this logic. Always have been, always will be.
In any event, District Judge Lee Yeakel dismissed the lawsuit, saying the professors were unable to produce any “concrete evidence to substantiate their fears” and that they had built the case on nothing more than “mere conjecture.” In other words, these sad academics have never seen a gun in real life and are basing a court case out of some nightmare scenario they saw in a movie or read in the pages of the Huffington Post.
Or, to give them a little more credit, they’re afraid of a college shooting, the likes of which we’ve seen in Virginia, Oregon, and elsewhere. But even then, we’re back to the legal permit aspect of the Texas law. If a student is basing his decision to bring a gun on campus on whether or not he’s legally entitled to do so…that’s not the kid you need to fear. That’s the kid, in fact, that you might want around should the aforementioned nightmare scenario happen to unfold.