Professors are suing Texas to get guns out of classrooms
Three professors from the University of Texas at Austin just filed a federal lawsuit against SB11. SB11 would allow students to carry concealed firearms in classrooms.
The law is supposed to go into effect on August 1st. It will permit licensed gun owning students of University of Texas, aged 21 or older, to bring their guns with them to school.
Call it irony or call it fate, but the law takes effect on the 50th anniversary of one of the deadliest US shootings on a college campus. A mass shooter killed 43 on August 1st, 1966 at the University of Texas, Austin--the same school the professors teach at.
Professors Jennifer Lynn Glass, Lisa Moore, and Mia Carter filed the lawsuit in hopes of blocking the law before it goes into effect. They're also asking for the option to ban guns in their individual classrooms.
The lawsuit specifically says they're suing Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, UT-Austin President Gregory Fenves, and the university’s Board of Regents.
— Lindsay Liepman (@LindsayKEYETV) July 7, 2016
There are many logical reasons to not want guns in classrooms, but the professors specifically have said they are concerned about discussing controversial subjects like reproductive rights. If one student disagrees with another and the conversation gets heated, they can just pull out their guns.
Slide from recent campus carry dialogue at UH, in response to faculty concerns about dangers from armed students: pic.twitter.com/610RyhDZlf
— Jeff (@JeffintheBowtie) February 22, 2016
The attorney general of Texas, Ken Paxton, thinks the lawsuit is insulting:
The lawsuit by 3 UT professors is baseless and an insult to millions of law abiding gun owners in Texas. pic.twitter.com/hTrHkhAaE4
— Ken Paxton (@KenPaxtonTX) July 7, 2016
Texas officials have 20 days to respond.
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