The Chancellor of Texas A&M was in Austin Wednesday and responded to controversial comments made last week on campus by a guest speaker.
Actor Danny Glover told a gathering the purpose of the constitutional amendment to bear arms was to put down slave revolts and take land from Native Americans.
A&M Chancellor John Sharp and other university leaders were here at the Capitol to promote a new initiative -- not to talk about Danny Glover.
A&M is trying to increase its enrollment of engineering students from 11,000 to 25,000 by the year 2025.
The announcement of the 25 in 25 campaign was done in Austin because the university needs funding from the legislature to make it happen.
When the news conference was opened to questions, Chancellor John Sharp was asked about the controversy sparked last week by Danny Glover.
The popular movie actor was the guest speaker at an event honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. Campus conservatives posted on the internet Glover's claim that the Second Amendment was created to stop slave revolts and take land from Native Americans.
A petition from members of the Texas Aggie conservatives is demanding that A&M stop inviting what they describe to be "radical leftist speakers.
Here's what the Chancellor had to say about Glover's statement:
"Second Amendment comes from the right to protect, settlers to protect themselves from slave revolts and from up risings by Native Americans," Sharp said. "I haven't met an Aggie the yet that agrees with Mr. Glover, but I've met every Aggie that agrees he should be able to have the right, uniquely American to say anything he wants to say about any subject and there are plenty of people on that campus who have died to make sure that stays the same, that's our attitude about it."