Several University of Texas professors filed a lawsuit against the state because of the campus carry law that went into effect last fall. They claimed that the law was “unconstitutional” and wanted it overturned.
So they filed a lawsuit in federal court, and made the most ridiculous argument about why our rights need to be taken away.
You might think to yourself, “on what grounds would they bring a lawsuit?” I kind of thought about that myself. What sort of obscure argument are they bringing now?
Well, talk about obscure; their argument is rather incredulous.
They are arguing that it is unconstitutional.
No, this is not The Onion. They are arguing that eliminating state-mandated gun-free zones, a violation of the Second Amendment, is unconstitutional.
They claimed that the unconstitutionality lay in the fact that their free speech would be chilled by people on campus carrying concealed handguns.
Of course, this lawsuit is nothing more than fear-mongering. As I discussed in the initial report last year, the logic here is that “students who get a bad grade will be upset with their professors and will go to their office and kill them in retaliation.”
It is nothing less than misleading at best, yet they went ahead and filed the suit. Luckily though, the judge who heard their initial arguments handed down a decision that protects the right to bear arms in the state of Texas, the Texas Tribune reports.
A federal judge has dismissed a longshot lawsuit filed by three University of Texas at Austin professors seeking to overturn the state’s 2015 campus carry law, which allows people to carry concealed handguns inside most public university buildings.
District Judge Lee Yeakel wrote in his decision that the professors — Jennifer Lynn Glass, Lisa Moore and Mia Carter — couldn’t present any “concrete evidence to substantiate their fears” that campus carry would have a chilling effect on free speech.
The professors claimed, among other arguments, that the law violated their First Amendment rights since the possibility of a gun being in their classrooms might make them hesitant to discuss controversial issues. In dismissing the suit, Yeakel said the professors didn’t have standing to sue.
Their line of reasoning was totally nonsensical, and the judge agreed (thank God). The hoplophobes (those with an irrational fear of weapons) did not win this case, but don’t think they’ll stop just because they lost this time. They will fight with everything they have to take away our rights.
The plaintiffs have 28 days from July 6 to decide whether or not to appeal to the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (which I bet they will). If that is the case, then the higher court should consider the fact that there is simply no basis for these claims and throw the case out again.
A win is a win here, but we must remain ever vigilant against attacks on our rights.