Texas is a Second Amendment-friendly state that enjoys low crime rates thanks in large part to their understanding of the central premise that guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens serves as a proper counterbalance to the armed criminal elements in society.
Thanks to this mindset, Texas recently passed a law granting the Second Amendment to college students. The civil right to carry a firearm has been denied to students across the country, but in the Lone Star State, law-abiding citizens may carry their concealed weapons on college campuses legally.
However, one professor says that despite the law, he won’t allow it. Journalism professor David Smith-Soto teaches at the University of Texas El Paso and proudly hangs a sign in his classroom saying, “No Firearms Allowed.”
Smith-Soto claims that recent shootings on campuses have fortified his belief. Speaking of the recent shooting in Mississippi, Smith-Soto exclaimed,
“I was outraged, we don’t need guns in the classroom. I don’t want guns in my classroom. I’m dead set against it because anybody who can carry a weapon legally on campus can snap at any time.”
Yes- because those who “snap” and are hell-bent on exacting murderous rage upon the student body will surely be stopped by his quaint little sign. How can such an educated man be so… well, stupid?
It is yet unclear as to whether Smith-Soto will be forced to bend to the law, but one thing seems certain: he’s worried about the wrong people.
Those who are permitted to carry concealed weapons make up a portion of the crime stats that are statistically insignificant. Still, the narrative persists that these law-abiding citizens are modern-day gunslingers who will start shootin’ at the first sight of trouble.
Smith-Soto’s comments came prior to Thursday’s shooting in Roseburg, Oregon, where 9 innocent people were killed as a madman was, seemingly, undeterred by the campus’ “gun-free” policy.
However, as Smith-Soto’s policy is based on equal measure fear and ignorance, it’s likely that the lesson to be learned from Thursday’s tragedy will fly right over his head.
In truth, if I were in Mr. Smith-Soto’s class, I would scoff at his silly sign and carry concealed. If I ever have to pull it, I’ll take the disciplinary action over being subjected to the mercy of a gunman any day of the week.