Virginia Del. Bob Marshall (R) is easily one of the worst lawmakers in America. He is an arch-nullificationist, who has sponsored multiple unconstitutional bills trying to keep federal laws he disagrees with from applying in Virginia. He once claimed that children with disabilities are God’s punishment to women who had abortions. And he routinely pushes arguments motivated by delusional anti–gay beliefs.
So it’s only a little surprising that Marshall has taken on another crusade — arming college professors:
Less than two months after the University of Virginia strengthened its campus weapons restrictions, a state legislator has introduced a bill that would circumvent the university’s intentions.
The legislation would allow faculty members to carry concealed handguns on college campuses. UVa’s newly adopted weapons regulation prohibits students, faculty and visitors from carrying weapons on university property.
Marshall claims his bill could prevent another tragedy like the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting, presumably by enabling some heroic cultural anthropology professor to emerge from his office and gun down an assailant. The facts, however, do not agree with Marshall that concealed firearms prevent crime — indeed, they say the opposite.
Although there does not appear to be any data on whether conscripting academics to dole out vigilante justice at the barrel of a gun is an effective crime fighting strategy, a 2003 study published in the Stanford Law Review examined “shall-issue” laws, a common state law making it easier to obtain a license to carry a concealed firearm. It found that, in the “clear majority of states,” these permissive concealed carry rules “are associated with increases in crime for all crime types.”