Friday, October 09, 2015
You won't be missed, professor
After 21 years at the University of Texas-Austin, Economics Professor Daniel Hamermesh is leaving because the university is allowing students to carry concealed weapons. His kneejerk reaction is that this will somehow lead to shootouts at the OK Corral.
His hysterics aside, the fact is his classroom in Texas is far safer today than it was in 1993 when he began teaching at the university.
In 1993, the homicide rate in Texas was 11.9 homicides for every 100,000 people.
In 2014, the rate was down to 4.4.
The reasons are obvious. Texas today executes people, hands out lengthy sentences, and allows law-abiding citizens to carry concealed weapons.
You would think an economics professor would know the facts before popping off t=like that.
In Professor Hamermesh's case, you would be wrong.