Dr. John Lott has another new piece in The Hill newspaper on academics concerns about guns on college campuses. The piece starts this way:
Gun control advocates frequently advise against people using guns for self-defense. But Michael Bloomberg and various anti-gun politicians often use armed guards as protection.
Talk is cheap. But when a professor resigns because of his university’s concealed carry policies, that’s a story that can get national attention.
In May, associate history professor Jacob Dorman resigned from the University of Kansas. He accepted another tenured position at a different public university in a noncampus-carry state.
In his resignation letter, Dorman predicted that Kansas will be “driving off faculty members” when it enacts campus carry on July 1.
Dorman is not alone in his prediction. Many at Texas public universities expressed similar dismay after the passage of a similar law in 2015. According to the University of Texas at Austin’s “Campus Carry Policy Working Group,” people thought it would “impede the University’s ability to recruit and retain students, faculty, and staff.”
The professors expressed concern that a permit holder might get angry over a grade and start shooting. But that has never happened.
Twelve states mandate the right to permitted concealed carry on public college campuses and an additional 22 states leave it up to the university. Not once has a permit holder in any of these states committed a crime on one of these campuses with a gun.
In his resignation letter, Dorman worries that “campus shootings have become all too frequent,” but these attacks haven’t been occurring on campuses that allow permitted concealed handguns. And he claims “arming students has done nothing to quell active shooter situations because students do not have the training to effectively combat shooters,” but, according to law enforcement and prosecutors, concealed handgun permit holders with the same amount of training have stopped dozens of mass public shootings. . . .
The rest of the piece is available here.