Three University of Texas professors had a rude awakening after their smug lawsuit was dismissed by a federal court judge.
Why did they file a lawsuit? Texas passed a law allowing students to carry concealed on campus. The three professors were not comfortable with concealed handguns on campus because they felt it would have a “chilling effect” in their classrooms during debate.
Oh PLEASE! Packing heat doesn’t have a “chilling effect!” Snowflakes do!
Sociology professor Jennifer Lynn Glass and English professors Lisa Moore and Mia Carter sued last summer, before the law took effect in September. It requires public universities to allow people with concealed-handgun licenses to carry weapons inside school buildings.
The professors said guns in classrooms could lead to self-censorship during discussions about emotional or politically charged topics, such as abortion or gay rights. They said that could disrupt academic discussions and violate constitutional free speech protections.
U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel dismissed the case Thursday, ruling the professors offered “no concrete evidence to substantiate their fears.”
The federal judge said that their fears are nothing more than hypothetical and aren’t rooted in reality. Burn!
Yeakel added that educators are the ones to blame if there is a muted classroom atmosphere due to fear for their safety because of guns on campus.
He wrote, “The chilling effect appears to arise from plaintiff’s subjective belief that a person may be more likely to cause harm to a professor or student as a result of the law and policy,” Yeakel continued, “present no concrete evidence to substantiate their fears, but instead rest on mere conjecture about possible … actions.”
My Statesman reports:
Attorney Renea Hicks, who represents sociology professor Jennifer Lynn Glass in the lawsuit, said he’s confused by the ruling because it fails to reach the merits of the professors’ First Amendment claims or their Second Amendment or equal protection claims.
The lawsuit suggested the presence of deadly force infringes on the teachers’ freedom of speech.
“It appears to be a very narrow ruling based on jurisdiction alone,” Hicks said. “My co-counsel and I will confer, and we will confer with our clients to determine our next steps. Given summer travel schedules (work and vacation), this may take a couple of weeks.”
Their first amendment right to express their opinion about not liking guns is perfectly fine. However, when their rights start infringing on mine, then we have a problem!
What do you think? All those in favor of the professors sitting down and shutting up say “Aye!”
Well, that’s it. The “Aye’s” have it!