A trial court in Texas rejected a challenge to Texas’s campus carry law because it would stifle intellectual conversation in the classroom. Well, at least their argument was creative:
Plaintiffs allege that “classroom discussion will be narrowed, truncated, cut back, cut off” by the allowance of guns in the classroom. One professors avers in an affidavit that 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.”
In other words, they're suggesting that conversation in college classrooms would get so contentious the students would be intimidated to speak out knowing that law-abiding gun owners are in their midst.
Constitutional attorney David French wasn't buying it. "This, of course, is cowardly, ignorant nonsense. I’ve spent more than my share of time in college classes that covered contentious topics, and not once did they generate so much as fisticuffs, much less deadly violence," he wrote. "Moreover, lawful concealed carriers represent a segment of the population more law-abiding than the police."
The court didn't fall for their rather ridiculous argument either:
Here, Plaintiffs ask the court to find standing based on their self-imposed censoring of classroom discussion caused by their fear of the possibility of illegal activity by persons not joined in this lawsuit. Plaintiffs present no concrete evidence to substantiate their fears, but instead rest on “mere conjecture about possible actions.”
When violence breaks out on college campuses, even scaredy-cat professors will wish that law-abiding, well-trained gun owners are carrying weapons. Let's hope that the courts will continue to protect our Constitutionally-protected rights.
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h/t National Review