From Campus Reform
A biology professor at the University of California, Irvine subjected his class to an off-topic discourse on gun control Thursday in response to the San Bernardino shootings.
In a video provided to Campus Reform by Peter Van Voorhis, a student in the class, Prof. Richard Symanski advises his introductory-level Biological Sciences 1A course—specifically singling out the many freshmen that he knew would be in attendance—that if they are looking for a cause with which to become involved, they should “probably jump on this gun issue,” noting that it “just boggles my mind every time I think about it.”
He succinctly summarized his “pitch” at the end of the discourse, saying, “If you want a cause—want to get on a bandwagon—then get these guns outlawed, and do something about the Second Amendment.”
“I am totally for people expressing their opinions, but when professors do it, they have a captive audience,” Van Voorhis told Campus Reform. “If I could debate him, I would win.”
Symanski’s remarks were inspired by the shooting in San Bernardino, California Wednesday afternoon, but he tied that into the subject of mass shootings in general, asserting that the National Rifle Association (NRA) is to blame for those tragedies because it opposes gun control, and contending that “automatic weapons” should be a common-sense exception to the Second Amendment. Read More