Friday, December 4, 2015
Oh No! We Have Another Embarrassing Professor at UC Irvine
Professor Richard Symanski-UCI faculty profile photo
(Yes, that's a Cuban flag in the background)
As a part-time teacher at UC Irvine Extension, I have said on many occasions that UCI is largely spared too many loopy professors due to the fact that we have a relatively small humanities and social sciences section. Now, courtesy of Campus Reform, I learn of a biology professor at UCI I had never heard of. His name is Richard Symanski, and he subjected his biology class to a discourse on how the NRA is to blame for the San Bernardino massacre. A student videotaped his words.
OK, Professor. First of all, I don't know what this has to do with biology, but I'll let that pass.
As for Australia. That country has never had the number of guns as we have had in this country nor the type of society we have. Maybe they could go out and round up their guns, but we can't. There are tens of millions of guns in this country and many of them are in the hands of criminals. They will not turn them in. Only law-abiding people will turn in their guns if the law mandates it. That leaves them defenseless when the bad guys come through their front door. We live in a very violent society, and people have a right to defend themselves against the vicious criminal and now terrorist element we have in this country.
As for San Bernardino, had a couple of people in that room had guns, the carnage would have been greatly reduced. There will be more San Bernardinos, and we cannot give up the right to defend ourselves against these animals.
Final point: We have yet to see our first massacre at the hands of the NRA. Their members are law-abiding people who own their guns legally and use them in a legal manner. (No, I am not a member.) I suggest Professor Symanski focus his attention on the criminals and terrorists who are the real threat.
I also suggest he get back to the subject of biology when in the classroom.