More Than 50 Univ. Of Texas Psychology Professors Sign Letter Opposing Campus Carry

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51 University of Texas psychology professors have signed a statement opposing guns in campus buildings, the law signed by Gov. Greg Abbott in June which will go into effect in August of 2016.

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Abbott signed the law which allows those with gun licenses to carry a concealed handgun throughout university campuses, also known as “campus carry.”

“There is no empirical evidence whatsoever that the presence of concealed guns on campus will promote student safety, and ample reason to believe that it will lead to harm,” said the statement, which was dated Sunday, the Statesman reports.

“Shootings give rise to situations marked by panic, confusion, and terror, conditions under which judgment, especially among individuals who are untrained and inexperienced in such situations, is impaired. Because we are personally and professionally committed to promoting the physical and mental well being of children, adolescents, and adults, we strenuously object to this law and to the presence of concealed guns in campus buildings,” the statement said.

In total, 51 professors signed the statement.

The following signed the statement opposing campus carry:

Jennifer Beer, associate professor of psychology
Rebecca Bigler, professor of psychology
Kirsten Bradbury, lecturer, psychology
David M. Buss, professor of psychology
Caryn L. Carlson, professor and associate chair of advancement
Jessica Church-Lang, assistant professor of psychology
Yvon Delville, professor of psychology
Juan M. Dominguez, associate professor of psychology
Michael P. Domjan, professor of psychology
Wendy I. Domjan, distinguished senior lecturer, psychology
Catharine Echols, associate professor of psychology
Jacqueline Evans, lecturer, psychology
Kim Fromme, professor of psychology
Bertram Gawronski, professor and David Wechsler Regents chair in psychology
Wilson S Geisler III, David Wechsler Regents chair, director of the Center for Perceptual Systems
Francisco Gonzalez-Lima, George I. Sanchez Centennial professor of psychology
Samuel D. Gosling, professor of psychology
Zenzi M. Griffin, professor of psychology
Andreana P. Haley, associate professor
Kathryn Paige Harden, associate professor of psychology
Mary Hayhoe, professor of psychology
Marlone D. Henderson, associate professor of psychology
Charles J. Holahan, professor of psychology and graduate adviser
Wayne H. Holtzman, Emeritus Hogg professor of psychology
Alex Huk, associate professor, Departments of Neuroscience and Psychology
Theresa A. Jones, professor of psychology
Robert Alan Josephs, professor of psychology
Hongjoo Lee, assistant professor of psychology
Jarrod A. Lewis-Peacock, assistant professor of psychology
John C. Loehlin, professor emeritus of psychology
Martita A. Lopez, clinical professor, director of clinical training
W. Todd Maddox, Wayne Holtzman chair and professor of psychology
Arthur B. Markman, Annabel Iron Worsham Centennial professor of psychology
Dennis McFadden, Ashbel Smith Professor Emeritus in experimental psychology
Cindy M. Meston, professor of psychology
Marie H. Monfils, associate professor of psychology
Ian Nauhaus, assistant professor of psychology
Rebecca Neal-Beevers, research scientist, psychology
James W. Pennebaker, regents centennial professor of psychology
Alison R. Preston, associate professor of psychology
Manuel Ramirez III, professor of psychology
Ann M. Repp, senior lecturer, psychology
Timothy J. Schallert, distinguished teaching professor, psychology and neuroscience
David M. Schnyer, professor of psychology and department liaison for medical affairs
Eyal Seidemann, associate professor of psychology
Jasper Smits, professor of psychology
William B. Swann, professor of psychology
Michael J. Telch, professor of psychology
Elliot Tucker-Drob, associate professor of psychology
Jacqueline D. Woolley, professor and Department of Psychology chair
David S. Yeager, assistant professor of psychology

Daniel Hamermesh, an economics professor emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin, announced that he plans to withdraw from the university because of the campus carry law, citing safety concerns.



The Professor who has been teaching at UT Austin since 1993, said he teaches part-time in England where no mass shootings occur. He said he’s not passionate about the gun issue but it’s a matter of assessing the risk with campus carry since he teaches 475 students.

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