Tuesday, April 18, 2017

UT Bulletproof Vests Featured in Satirical Video

Posted By on Tue, Apr 18, 2017 at 11:47 AM

  • Student Body Armor website

Last August when SB 11 or the Campus Carry Law came into effect for all Texas public universities, a group of Longhorn alums and students responded with the “Cocks Not Glocks” campaign. They reasoned that if guns are permitted on school grounds, so should be dildos. Now, in a second equally ridiculous advertisement and website for school-spirited “Student Body Armor,” they continue to rail against the logic of concealed carry laws.

The “commercial” begins with smiling students popping out from a live oak tree, adorned in bulky burnt orange body armor. It highlights the nine states where concealed campus carry laws are in effect, where anyone with a license can bring a gun on campus. The law in Texas states that weapons are allowed on public university campuses so long as they are not visible, that the carrier has a license, is 21 years old, meets federal qualifications to own a gun, and received training.

Then a cheesy ad voice drops the punchline, “Don’t get caught in the crossfire… Get Student Body Armor! A proprietary blend of type two body armor and school pride. Yes, we have all your bullet-proof college-swag needs!”

Their website offers a smattering of products from the “Bulletproof Tee,” “Bulletproof Hoodie,” and “Bulletproof Sweatshirt,” to the ultimate in protection “The Hurt Locker.”

While the video is comedic, it also urges viewers to call their state representatives— two pro-campus carry legislators—Sen. Brian Birdwell and Rep. Jonathan Stickland, who proposed House Bill 375 this session. If passed HB 375, also called the “Constitutional Carry” bill, would make it easier to get a gun on campus, eliminating the requirement to obtain a license and complete gun safety classes in order to carry a handgun.



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