College professor wears “combat gear” to protest Texas’ campus carry law

professor charles smith

Just a tad melodramatic…

From Fox News: A Texas professor is making waves on social media after protesting the state’s campus carry law by wearing protective combat gear to class.

San Antonio College geography instructor Charles K. Smith went to his class last week sporting a camouflaged bulletproof vest and helmet. He said he wore it because he doesn’t feel safe.

“It definitely makes me feel uneasy that there are more firearms on campus than there should be,” Smith told mySA.com. “[Dressing this way] was just a statement on how I felt.”

Campus Carry, which was signed into state law in 2015 and officially implemented into Texas community colleges on Aug. 1, allows individuals with a conceal license to carry a handgun on college premises. The law went into effect at 4-year institutions in 2016.

A photo of Smith wearing the combat gear was shared on Facebook, which generated a flurry of comments in favor of and against the professor.

“I realize students were carrying guns on campus illegally, but now it’s legal to do so. It increases the chances of something happening,” said Smith, who also acknowledged that no one had pulled a gun on him in his 10 years at the college.

“Used to, when they got mad at me, they had to go home to get the gun and had time to cool off. Now they will have it with them,” he added.

Smith said he’s concerned about an argument breaking out and one of the participants having a gun. “My assumption is that you will have more people carrying guns – that will lead to problems. It always has,” he said. “There is nothing on this planet worth a human life.”

James “Hot Mustard” Velten, who posted the photo on Facebook, told Fox News on Tuesday that response on campus has been mostly positive. “Many professors admire his statement about campus carry,” he said. “Many professors don’t feel safe because of the law.”

Velten also told mySA.com that Smith was a passionate professor. “Around people like that, you tend to listen a bit more,” he said.

Smith said his protest has nothing to do with San Antonio College, as they are following the law. He said he ran his plans by local police and the administration beforehand.

“Some of them were okay and some of them weren’t, but it’s freedom of speech,” he said.

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36 responses to “College professor wears “combat gear” to protest Texas’ campus carry law

  1. What a jackass! I hope his fellow Texans school him on this flub.

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  2. Maybe he should start carrying if he’s worried.

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  3. If that’s what he wants to do,good for him. But before he spouts misinformation, (“I realize students were carrying guns on campus illegally, but now it’s legal to do so. It increases the chances of something happening,” // “My assumption is that you will have more people carrying guns – that will lead to problems. It always has,”) he really needs to check his facts. The truth is that the more people who LAWFULLY carry,the LESS likely there will be problems. See,those who carry illegally have nothing to lose but their freedom if they START trouble-They’re ALREADY criminals. Someone who makes the investments necessary to carry concealed has a LOT more on the line,and will STOP a problem rather than CAUSE one. I can’t believe people like THIS are charged with educating America’s youth.

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    • truck . . . I am in absolutely agreement with your statement . . . “I can’t believe people like THIS are charged with educating America’s youth.” This no doubt is the reason why today’s young people are like a rudderless ship. Just correlate thinking about young people being “unarmed” and the proliferation of senseless beatings that white young people are sustaining at the hands of young black people. At least this new law gives everyone a opportunity to defend themselves. At first glance I thought . . . of course, here is a hippy-dippy left over from the 1960’s! If he does not feel safe, he should get a different job . . . after all, it’s not ALL ABOUT HIM, or what he likes, or what he prefers!

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  4. Looks like he is ready. Ship him to a FOB in Afghanistan for a minimum of 180 days.

    When he is done, tell him he can not come back until he repents.

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  5. Do any students wear artillery grade ear plugs so they don’t have to hear him?

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  6. What a loser. Does he lock his car at night? Does he lock his door at night? Does he wear this gear when he walks the streets?

    I bet he wears depends. He isn’t a Texan, he’s a yellow bellied Yankee transplant.

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  8. I wonder how he would feel if an outsider gets on campus and opens fire. Talk about sitting ducks.
    The guy is a drama queen.

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  9. Waaaaahh!

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  10. Liberals really are mentally ill.

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  11. I agree that the guy is a ‘drama queen’, and he’s probably too typical of professors in colleges, and universities these days. Hasn’t anyone told people like him that, if they declare an area “off limits” to firearms, that it turns that place into a prime target for thugs who are armed?! Libs can’t think straight, and facts, and statistic seem to mean nothing to them–they want the reality they’ve created in their own minds, and to blazes with the truth of the matter.

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  12. From what some older women have told me, that person’s mother long ago would have slapped him very hard in the face and told him, “You have the curse!”

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  13. In my day boys weren’t looking for tampons, just B,B’s.

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    • My parents tried twice to give my little brother one of those Daisy air rifles, and both times he, and his friends were caught shooting birds with them! The second time he swore that he would use it to shoot anything other than a paper target–wow, he kept that promise for about an hour, if that long! It ceased to be ‘harmless’ fun for certain the time he was mad at my little sister, and decided to shoot her with a BB–it’s a wonder my step-dad didn’t bend that rifle barrel around his little neck after that one! 🙂

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