Monday, May 08, 2017

KS: Gun-Phobic Professor Leaves a University Because of Campus Carry

An associate professor of history and American studies has taken a job at a university in a state that bans concealed carry in its classrooms.

Jacob S. Dorman has taken the occasion  to let us know that restoring the exercise of Second Amendment rights at public institutions is the reason that he has left Kansas University.

From Jacob S. Dorman's open letter:
In light of the state of Kansas’ apparent determination to allow the concealed carry of firearms in the classrooms of the University of Kansas, I am writing to tender my resignation effective two weeks from today as an associate professor of history and American studies at the university. I have accepted a job in a state that bans concealed carry in classrooms.
 But Kansas will never secure the future that it deserves if it weakens its institutions of higher learning by driving off faculty members or applicants who feel as I do that there is no place for firearms in classrooms. Kansas can have great universities, or it can have concealed carry in classrooms, but it cannot have both.
Recruiting the best trained professors necessarily means recruiting from coastal areas and progressive college towns where most people do not believe that randomly arming untrained students is a proper exercise of the Second Amendment’s protection of a well-regulated militia.
Professor Dorman has an opinion that guns do not belong in classrooms. It is a strongly held opinion, backed up by research provided by anti-Second Amendment groups such as the Trace, and in the anti-self defense medical journals. There are considerable numbers of research articles on the other side and in criminological journals, that reach the opposite conclusions.

It is fairly easy to find critiques of the research from both sides. I find the side that provides support for the utility of an armed population more convincing. But I am not Professor Dorman.

What I find particularly bizarre is the idea that Kansas will not be able to recruit able professors who are not afraid of an armed population. All of the evidence is exactly the opposite. College campuses are crammed with ideological leftists, exactly in the areas where Professor Dorman taught. In History, liberals outnumber conservatives in academia by 33.5 to 1.

Why are History departments are crammed with leftist intellectuals? It is, in part, because the departments have created courses that are intrinsically leftist. Courses on the histories of gender, race, and class have leftist assumptions built into their definitions.

There are multitudes of History majors with these assumptions clamoring for work in academia. You will not find many conservative historians in academia.  They have been defined out of the picture.

Maybe, just maybe, allowing a little bit of freedom on campus, a slice of actually doing more than paying lip service to the Second Amendment, will increase the possibility of selecting someone other than a doctrinaire leftist as a History professor.  Maybe a tiny bit of intellectual diversity in History will be allowed on the KU campus.

Perhaps we will see a course on slavery. A course which demonstrates how Christianity and Western Civilization expended vast sums of treasure and blood to eradicate the practice. That was a project no other civilization in history attempted.

The replacement of an ideological leftist with someone who may not be is, at least, a theoretical possibility.

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Anonymous said...

I personally pissed off one of my daughters professors in class when I started asking him questions he either did not know the answers to or refused to answer. sorry I have never heard of the thirteenth amendment, he said. He told my daughter he did not want me to ever come back. I explained the thirteenth amendment issue to my daughter.

Anonymous said...

He thinks that only people from the coast are smart enough to teach. So what the Hell is he doing in Kansas? By the way, History is a field where you only repeat the past. No creative thinking required.

Anonymous said...

It is probably his form of self defense. Some people just do not like communist scum. the more trash we can get to resign the better it will be for American college students. keep the reforms coming and open the door wider for people to leave this country. No one should stay in a country they can not appreciate. all of the anti American , anti constitution people should be removed while they can still walk. I truly hope this kind of trash can find a place they will be happy with. I have never in my life stayed any where I was not happy. I can't see any reason for trying to prevent this wasted flesh from leaving this country. Personally I would like to help him leave and I could care less if he can walk.

Anonymous said...

Kansas is a better place because he left. Odd, but he's a professor of American Studies and is anti-2nd Amendment. Weird how people often study things they hate.

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Unknown said...

He should be more afraid of schools that ban guns in classrooms because they ensure only two types of people have them on campus: uniformed police and mass murderers.

Unknown said...

He should be more afraid of schools that ban guns in classrooms because they ensure only two types of people have them on campus: uniformed police and mass shooters.

Anonymous said...

History Teacher LOFL

Artfldgr said...

His real problem wasnt the guns, was that he was teaching mixed race studies in a place in which, being not urban, stultifies his internal greatness... however, you can see by his authorship of: Chosen People: The Rise of American Black Israelite Religions. that he certainly wont completely starve, and we can be sure if thick enouhg the book would be good to balance a crooked table.

Anonymous said...

I don't get it does he really think he will be missed?. some one glue some tacks to the door just incase he is not leaving fast enough.

Braden Lynch said...

Just wait until the state he relocated to also passes campus carry.

What will he do? Will he relocate again...and again...and again?

Well, he does have 57 states to choose from, right? (sarcastic)

I love how this shallow dolt will be kicked around as our Second Amendment rights are restored in this country. Gasp!

Anonymous said...

Dolts are who passed the mess of laws we are fighting.