A Dublin man teaching at the University of Texas has taken a strong stance against the state’s gun laws, particularly campus carry, which permits licensed Texas residents licensed to carry guns on to college campuses and – potentially – into classrooms.
Mark Sheridan, who teaches at UT, recently wrote an impassioned Facebook post protesting campus carry laws, as Joe.ie first reported.
“This is not a shooting range, this is not a saloon. This is my classroom,” he wrote, before delving into his fears for the safety of his students and himself, but also for the impact concealed weapons in the classroom count have on learning and open discussion.
Read his full post, below:
"#FuckGuns because they don't belong here. This is not a shooting range, this is not a saloon. This is my classroom. It's a small, windowless space in the basement of a large campus building. Hundreds of people work and study in this building every day. I teach here twice a week.
I don't want guns here because I don't want to feel afraid that someone will accidentally shoot themselves or a classmate. I don't want to feel nervous about facilitating open, frank discussion of sensitive issues.
I don't think we can protect ourselves against random events, and active shooters are entirely random. In order to protect ourselves from something like this, we would need to carry guns everywhere and be ready to use them at a moment's notice--an idea so insane that it would be laughable if it wasn't responsible for a gun culture that kills 30,000 people a year.
If an active shooter barges in here, there is no exit, and little chance that many would survive even if we were all armed. That is because we would be caught by surprise; because we would be thinking about our work, not our phobias.
If a shooter kills us, there's no doubt about who's to blame: those who gave him the gun. If an active shooter kills people, it's a sign--not of a problem with self-defence--but of a society overly permissive of fetishistic obsession with firearms.
Gun-nuts want to erode the concept of civilian life because they can't let go of the idea that they are soldiers fighting an evil they imagine to be endemic; it makes them feel important. Most of the developed world has a meaningful distinction between military and civilian life because we realize that most humans don't want to kill other humans, and we live our lives based on this calculation of risk.
Guess what? Most of the developed world does not deal with gun violence on a daily basis. Most of the developed world is a "gun-free zone"--that's kind of how it works."
What do you think of Sheridan's stance against the campus carry laws in Texas? Share your thoughts in the comment section, below.