Court dismisses attempt to block campus carry

A federal judge last week refused a lawsuit by three University of Texas professors who do not want legal concealed carry in their classes.

U.S. District Judge Earl Leroy Yeakel III found the professors could not prove their case, which centered on First Amendment grounds. The faculty members, three female liberal arts professors whose classwork sometimes touches on controversial subjects such as abortion and unwanted pregnancies, argued the carry of guns in their classes would chill discussion, thus hindering their right to free speech.

Yeakel, a UT alumni appointed to the bench by President George W. Bush, held the professors did not show exactly how they were injured by the campus carry law which took effect on public colleges and universities in the state last year.

“Here, Plaintiffs ask the court to find standing based on their self-imposed censoring of classroom discussions caused by their fear of the possibility of illegal activity by persons not joined in this lawsuit,” said Yeakel. “Plaintiffs present no concrete evidence to substantiate their fears, but instead rest on ‘mere conjecture about possible … actions.’”

The professors include Dr. Jennifer Lynn Glass, the Barbara Bush Professor of Liberal Arts; Dr. Lisa Moore, the Archibald T. Hill Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies; and Dr. Mia Carter, an associate professor of English and Modern Studies. Last July they filed suit just weeks before campus carry took effect, seeking an injunction, which was denied by Yeakel who warned at the time the likelihood of the case being successful on its merits was slim.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, named as a defendant in the suit which he previously described as being frivolous, praised the news from the court.

“The court’s ruling today is the correct outcome,” Paxton said in a statement. “The fact that a small group of professors dislike a law and speculate about a ‘chilling effect’ is hardly a valid basis to set the law aside.”

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source: http://www.guns.com/2017/07/10/court-dismisses-texas-professors-attempt-to-block-campus-carry/

  • Rob Longwood

    Melting in Texas……………….one snowflake at a time!

  • John Redman

    If ONLY the loss of this case resulted in loss of tenure and job. Sigh.

    • william couch

      It would’ve been nicefor it to loose it’s job..

      • John Redman

        There are several “nicer” scenarios in my mind but If I post them, they get censored as “too violent”.

        • william couch

          !!OH !! I’m with you!! I’ve blocked 3 times on facebook alone, and once by disqus.. But I will not let some one step on me..

        • old codger

          If I follow where I think you were going you could say “using them to hold up targets at a firing range”!

          • John Redman

            Think of, say, a bag of, say, corn meal and hung from, say, a lamp post with the lower side, say, about 4 feet from the ground. And on that lamp post could be a hook holding, say, a fungo bat that people could access and replace after taking a few swings at, say, that bag of “corn meal”. When the contents of that “bag of corn meal” spilled and began to REALLY smell, it could be replaced by another deserving “bag of corn meal”. Pretty soon the remaining “bags of corn meal” would travel to Canada or Ve ne zu ela where their ideal living conditions already exist.

      • HCUA

        Another brilliant person who does not know the difference between loose and lose

        • william couch

          !!! WWWEEEELLLLLLL DICKWAD!!! Loose & lose, is in the past tense & future tense.. I want him to loose his job.. Go back to school and listen to your English teacher,, not mentally rape her..

          • HCUA

            Why are you people proud of your stupidity? You act like 5-year-olds in your responses. You remind me of Michael Caine in the movie, Zulu. He was a snob, and told the other officer who was standing in the water: Do continue with your mud pies.

          • william couch

            !! MIND YOUR OWN FING BUISNESS!! LIBRATURD!!

        • John Redman

          Look at me. I don’t know the difference between a Progressive and a Communist.

          • william couch

            There isn’t..

          • John Redman

            YOU know that and I know that but many out there DON’T know that. Others of the ones that DO, don’t care. Me, I think, rightly or wrongly, that all that support any kind of earthly “state” are messing with the central tenets of communism, that being central control of at least SOME parts of society. The truly monstrous persons yearn for the super state, one world government. I go the other way, 7 billion rebellious governments, Agorism for all and let your conscience be your guide.

          • william couch

            !!Agreed !! This has been accelerated by soros in the past 30 years.. EU is a socialist union mired in sloooooooooowwwwwwwwwwww growth and high taxes..

  • SED

    Austin is steadily becoming the next Hollywood of liberals in what is considered a conservative state. Ca has an almost but not quite half of conservatives. They just do not have the control there. Let’s don’t loose that controlling interest in Texas where so many people from the west are migrating to a friendlier business climate. It also brings the liberals too.

    • rodfergie

      They’re like locusts. Once they have devoured and destroyed everything, they move on, to do it again.

      • florida3guy

        More like a cancer.

    • HCUA

      Another brilliant person who does not know loose from lose.

      • old codger

        BFD another spelling/ grammar cop! Whoopee!! English lit. major who can’t find a job and flips burgers????

        • HCUA

          This is about the response one would expect from an ignoramus.

          • old codger

            Burger king is calling, they need someone to flip burgers!! Your English Lit. degree REALLY helped you get a job. Then you have the audacity to call me an ignoramus??????

  • old codger

    What would one expect from the LibTURD faculty????????????

    • Exactly, and well said.

  • rodfergie

    All three teach liberal arts. I am so surprised! /s/

  • It is about time that some judge honors the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It’s too bad that there are so many Marxist, Liberal, Socialistic, dummyCrat judges that have been appointed by dummyCrat Presidents in the past.

  • So the lying democrats are saying it’s ok to do and say things that make no common sense but it’s not ok for us to protect our selves from the lying democrats who hire black people to attack us to injure us and to burn down buildings destroy people’s cars trucks and to kill police officers. Well hopefully one day you lying democrats will need someone to protect you but since you are against lawfully citizens carrying their piece for their own safety they may just turn their backs on you and let the perps have you, after all you don’t want them carrying their piece for their own protection from criminals that you support. But if it really bugs you that badly then solve your problem by QUITTING, ahem you definitely won’t be missed and good riddance.

  • Imaybewrongbutimmostlyright

    Communists should be removed from America, in any way possible!

    • John Redman

      Removed from any and all positions of influence including voting. Likewise mooslimes that ALSO want to control my life but out of here and into their own place is a lot safer. For those that are ALREADY restricting my freedoms, a rope and a lamp pole, quite possible.

  • bbarnicle

    30-some years ago I needed to carry on campus (an ex-boyfriend was going to be released from prison, threats on my life had been made due to my possible testifying at the trial). The local Sheriff was happy to provide the permit, but the college Dean wouldn’t grant an exception to his campus-no-carry rule. I told the Dean that a murdered student wouldn’t be good press, especially if I made it known that he wouldn’t allow me to defend myself. He didn’t care. I told the Sheriff of the problem, and he said “What the Dean doesn’t know won’t hurt him.” Taking a hint, I carried, and I felt better knowing that I wasn’t a sitting duck. (there weren’t armed guards…or ANY guards on campus).

    The same situation happened when a company I worked for wouldn’t allow employees to even carry guns in their cars. Yet that city and area had had a high number of car jackings and armed robberies, and also I worked any of 3 shifts and often left the building alone at odd night hours. No exception was given, so I carried (in the car) anyway…with a proper carry permit, of course.

    Self defense isn’t just for the home.

    • Ron Lindsey

      A Retired Federal Agent, carries a neat zippered note book in areas off limits to a guns by trained off duty LEO: “Better 12 peers try me than six men carry me”.

  • HCUA

    It’s a good thing that the judge was not your typical radical liberal, or, is that redundant?