College professor protests campus gun law by wearing combat gear to class

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One Texas college professor doesn’t feel safer now that students with concealed carry permits are allowed to carry guns on campus, so much so that San Antonio College geography professor Charles K. Smith, fearing for his safety, decided to don a camouflaged bullet-proof vest and helmet before making his way to class.

“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.”

The law in question, Campus Carry, was signed into state law in 2015 and has been in effect at 4-year institutions since 2016. The law was implemented on community college campuses Aug. 1.

“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.

An image of Smith’s garb, posted to Facebook, naturally ignited partisan debates about gun policy.

“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.”

But as a protester on a college campus, Smith has been received royally by his colleagues.

“Many professors admire his statement about campus carry,” said James “Hot Mustard” Velten, who posted the photo. “Many professors don’t feel safe because of the law. Around people like that, you tend to listen a bit more,” he said.

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