Quick action by a vigilant pro-Second Amendment student at the
University of Kansas has resulted in shutting down a professor’s
anti-gun syllabus. After KU senior Victoria Snitsar shared a
copy of the offending syllabus with university officials, the
university forced the professor to remove language from his
class syllabus that is not “in compliance with university
guidelines and state law.”
In his syllabus history professor Eric Rath requested students
“not bring firearms to class or anywhere I am present.”
Referencing widely discredited and biased gun control claims,
Rath’s syllabus warned students that carrying a firearm could
increase a student’s likelihood of being killed in an active
shooter situation. Rath’s syllabus attempted to suppress the
exercise of a constitutionally guaranteed right.
A university spokesperson didn’t indicate if the professor of
Japanese history would face any disciplinary action.
Kansas, along with 9 other states, allows law-abiding citizens
to carry firearms on campus. Rath used taxpayer resources to
produce a syllabus that quotes extensively from the partisan gun
control advocacy group, the Giffords Law Center for the
Prevention of Gun Violence. His syllabus omits the fact that in
Kansas, as in every other state, campus carry laws make
students, faculty, and staff safer. In the first year of the new
law, campus crime dropped by 13 at Kansas University.
Furthermore, campus police did not record a single weapons
violation on campus for the entire year.
Kansas State Representative Blake Carpenter (R-81) says this
kind of anti-gun bias has no place in our public universities
and is pleased the university is taking action to correct the
anti-gun syllabus. “It is unacceptable for professors to
intimidate students like this and try to force their political
views on them.” He encourages students to be vigilant to these
types of attacks on our rights and bring them to light.
Snitsar, who alerted national media outlets to the syllabus, is
pleased with the university’s response. She says no student
should feel unwelcomed in a classroom. She says she has always
been active in calling out anti-Second Amendment bias on campus
and lives by the Ronald Reagan motto, ‘freedom is never more
than one generation away from extinction.’ “I just don’t want
any other student to have to experience that kind of
intimidation by a person in authority,” Snitsar said. “That is