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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.


  1. He prolly doesn't know much about economics despite being a professor of same. As Hayek said, "If socialists knew anything about economics, they wouldn't be socialists."

    Maybe he should peruse some studies on guns by John Lott or remember this quote by Robert A. Heinlein. "An armed society is a polite society."

  2. His classes are still defacto gun free zones because students cannot legally carry a side arm until they turn 21. He is losing out on his chance to warp and destroy the minds of impressionable kids fresh out of high school who have not yet had a taste of the real world. A win for us.
    As far as him being missed, He will probably never be shot at. Econ perfessers just don't bring out the radical like the ones who try to unteach ebonics.

  3. He lives in Austin, which I understand to be the most leftist city in Texas, mostly due to UT.

  4. Hamermesh appears to be a well respected academic economist, he teaches large undergraduate classes, and he gets some outstanding reviews on rate your professor, so his resignation could be viewed as a BFD. On the other hand, he retired from the teaching faculty in 2014 and is moving on to a post in Sydney, Australia, which is a really nice gig if you can get it. Perhaps there's more behind his leaving than is said. Maybe he and his wife want a change of scenery late in life, and this is one way to exit UT, while making it seem as if it's a matter of "principle" instead of his reneging on the teaching commitments he made for 2016 and 2017. It's not the most congenial way to leave, but it is what it is.

    1. I think you're right.