In the latest round of arguments against the Campus Carry bill now making its way through the Texas legislature, Newsweek magazine suggests allowing law-abiding citizens to carry guns on campus could result in fearful professors giving students higher grades than they otherwise deserve.

In other words–professors may fear that law-abiding citizens with concealed carry permits will go off the deep end and start shooting if they get a bad grade.

Here’s how Newsweek put it:

With this proposed law, a question coming up for many academics is whether they would be forced to give A grades to undeserving students, just so they can avoid being shot.

This is not as far-fetched as it sounds. In my five years as a college professor, I have had experiences with a number of emotionally distressed students who resort to intimidation when they receive a lesser grade than what they feel they deserve.

To back this assertion up, the author–Texas Women’s University professor Jessical Smart Gullion–gives an example of when she gave a student a “B” instead of an “A” and later feared the student would shoot her. Gullion wrote that friends of the student “avoided me on campus because, they said, they were afraid of getting caught in the crossfire should she decide to shoot me.”

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