UT Professor Resigning over Campus Carry Is a False Martyr

Anti Gun / Anti Freedom Professor Daniel Hamermesh
Anti Gun / Anti Freedom Professor Daniel Hamermesh

Students for Concealed Carry on Campus

AUSTIN, TX – -(Ammoland.com)- The media is downright giddy to report that a University of Texas professor plans to resign over the state’s new “campus carry” law; however, none of that reporting has yet to ask how this professor so quickly lined up a new job at the University of Sydney in Australia?

Or why a professor who teaches only first-semester freshmen is concerned about a law affecting licensed individuals over the age of 21.

Economics professor emeritus Daniel Hamermesh officially retired in 2014, but for the past two years he has continued teaching one class each fall semester. He says he had planned to keep teaching this class for the next two falls, until the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 11, which allows concealed handgun license holders to carry handguns on the campuses of Texas colleges.

In his resignation letter to UT-Austin President Gregory Fenves, Hamermesh writes, “With a huge group of students, my perception is that the risk that a disgruntled student might bring a gun into the classroom and start shooting at me has been substantially enhanced by the concealed-carry law.”

Speaking to the unusual size (as many as 500 students) of Hamermesh’s annual class, his letter notes, “In some semesters these groups of 18-year-olds constituted the largest single course on campus.”

This prompted Antonia Okafor, Southwest director for Students for Concealed Carry, to ask, “Why is Professor Hamermesh worried that allowing CHL holders to carry guns on campus will increase his chances of being shot by students who are too young to obtain a CHL?”

Given that Professor Hamermesh tendered his resignation only two semesters earlier than planned and now intends to take a job at an elite university halfway around the world, his decision to publicly blame a law that would not have impacted his classes reeks of political opportunism.

Opponents of campus carry needed a martyr, and they found one in a professor who was on his way out anyway.

Related Documents:

ABOUT STUDENTS FOR CONCEALED CARRY — Students for Concealed Carry (SCC) is a national, non-partisan, grassroots organization comprising college students, faculty, staff, and concerned citizens who believe that holders of state-issued concealed handgun licenses should be allowed the same measure of personal protection on college campuses that current laws afford them virtually everywhere else. SCC is not affiliated with the NRA or any other organization. For more information on SCC, visit ConcealedCampus.org or Facebook.com/ConcealedCampus. For more information the case for campus carry in Texas, visit https://www.WhyCampusCarry.com/the-facts.html.

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Feed him to the crocodiles, Australia.


Seems like a good thing. A little good news these days should be rejoiced.


He must not think he’s a very good professor, or else he’s a real coward. Otherwise why does he think he has to worry about students wanting to kill him?

Bob Sadtler

We are looking at this all wrong. We need to AGGRESSIVELY PROMOTE this guy, AND his story. He is doing EXACTLY what we all WANT these mental midgets to do: HE IS PICKING UP AND MOVING TO AN ANTI-GUN COUNTRY!

We should give him an award, and make as big a thing of it as we can!


Right on Bob, hopefully many more will follow.

2War Abn Vet

Good luck Australia! Your ‘loss” is our “gain”.

Clark Kent

Good riddance; you won’t be missed.


was that a flush I heard? well,BU,ByeTURD


This old geek had planned to leave anyway and he is just making some liberal attempt at looking good (in his own warped mind) so his friends can say something good about him. GOOD RIDDANCE PUKE. He wasn’t that good as an instructor anyway.


This old fart had planned to leave anyway and he is just making some liberal attempt at looking good (in his own warped mind) so his friends can say something good about him. GOOD RIDDANCE PUKE. He wasn’t that good as an instructor anyway.

Pantera Vazquez

This opportunist is not a martyr. What did he sacrifice, not his life, as he is still yapping. Not his job, because he was already retired, and yet has another waiting. What he saw was an opening on a soapbox , so he opined. The fact that he personally had no skin in the game as his students are beneath the age of legal CPL, was and is not relevant-as facts rarely are……on the anti side.


What a self-grandizing, delusional assh*le. Get out of my beloved Texas.


why would anyone take on student loan debt to pay the good Professors salary ???