Prof. Penrose teaches students in her Constitutional law course that Bill of Rights is outdated.
A full-time professor at Texas A&M University’s School of Law called for the repeal of the Second Amendment yesterday, a view not popular with students at the university.
Students place pennies on the feet of the Lawrence Sullivan Ross statue shown here for luck prior to exams. The Academic Building in the background was built in 1914.
Mary Margaret Penrose made her statement during a panel discussion on gun control at the University of Connecticut School of Law in Hartford.
“I think I’m in agreement with you and, unfortunately, drastic times require drastic measures,” the professor told the audience according to CTNewsJunkie. “I think the Second Amendment is misunderstood and I think it’s time today, in our drastic measures, to repeal and replace that Second Amendment.”
She also suggested that gun rights should be reduced to mere privileges by allowing each state to determine its gun laws.
“The beauty of a ‘states’ rights model’ solution is it allows those of you who want to live in a state with strong restrictions to do so and those who want to live in a state with very loose restrictions to do so,” the professor said.
Penrose also admitted that she teaches students in her Constitutional law courses that the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are obsolete.
“Why do we keep such an allegiance to a Constitution that was driven by 18th Century concerns?” she asked.
Texas A&M’s current and former students have overwhelmingly rejected her views.
“She’s entitled to her opinion, but if she is not teaching what she’s being paid to teach, she should be fired,” tx4guns said on the TexAgs message board frequented by former students.
“Repeal the Second [Amendment] and the feds really put the kabosh on firearms,” dlance also stated. “This is a flaming liberal trying to bait conservatives with the ‘give it to the states’ stance.”
During yesterday’s discussion, Pentrose made the point that the Founding Fathers feared a standing army in America, but then she claimed that this concern is no longer relevant.
“That’s what motivated the Second Amendment: fear of a standing army,” she said.
That fear, however, is very relevant today as the federal government continues to equip the Department of Homeland Security like a fifth branch of the military.
The DHS bought so much ammunition last year that, in response to the resulting public outcry, it began censoring the quantity of rounds the agency sought in its solicitations posted on the FedBizOpps web site.
It has been estimated that the DHS has stockpiled at least two billion rounds of ammunition, more than enough to sustain the war in Iraq for 24 years.
The agency also continues to build its massive fleet of Mine Resistant Armored Protection (MRAP) vehicles, which is estimated to number in the thousands.
During a Concord, N.H. city council meeting, a former Marine Corps Colonel who served in Iraq said that the DHS is building a domestic army while also adding that police are now “wearing the exact same combat gear that we had in Iraq, only it was a different color.”
“I don’t know where we’re going to use this many vehicles or this many troops,” he continued, “Concord is just one cog in the wheel — we’re building an army over here and I can’t believe that people aren’t seeing it — is everybody blind?”
Professor Penrose is definitely one of those people who can’t see it.