Economics professor at the University of Texas at Austin is leaving for fear of being shoot
from David Ruccio
Many faculty members in Texas are opposed to SB 11, also known as the “campus carry” law [ht: sm]. The law provides that license holders may carry concealed handguns in university buildings and classrooms, extending the reach of a previous law that allowed concealed handguns on university grounds.
One of them has taken his opposition a step further.
A longtime economics professor at the University of Texas at Austin is leaving the school, saying the state’s new campus carry law — which makes it legal for some Texans to carry concealed handguns into college classrooms beginning next August — has “substantially enhanced” the chances of a shooting.
“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,” economics professor emeritus Daniel Hamermesh, who has been at UT since the mid-90s, wrote in a letter announcing his departure. “Out of self-protection I have chosen to spend part of next Fall at the University of Sydney, where, among other things, this risk seems lower.”