Just days after a student was shot dead and another injured during a shooting outside Texas Southern University student-housing complex
, hundreds of students at the University of Texas at Austin said that they will protest against new gun laws that allow students to carry guns on campus. While in the recent past, cases of on-campus and school shootings has been on the rise, pro-campus carry advocates have argued that allowing concealed handguns on the campus will enable people to defend themselves in the event of a live shooter. Others have protested against it stating that the move will make little difference and could even add to the chaos. The dildo protest is also against Gov. Greg Abbott’s signed Senate Bill 11, which from August 2016, will allows owners to carry properly-licensed firearms and concealed handguns into most buildings on campus.
The students have found a new way to protest against the gun laws besides the regular signs or sit-ins that many use.
The students have decided that they will be “strapping gigantic swinging dildos to their backpacks” so as to show awareness about the growing issue. The reason behind their bizarre way of protesting? Their mantra, which states:
#Cocks not glocks
The event was started by the university alum Jessica Jin, who set up an Facebook event the “Campus (DILDO) Carry
” so as to make people aware about the growing gun issue on US campus.
Arguing her case in support of this moment, Jin said :
“‘You’re carrying a gun to class? Yeah well I’m carrying a HUGE DILDO, Just about as effective at protecting us from sociopathic shooters, but much safer for recreational play.”
Though her way is bizzare, she has found many supporters for her cause with more than 330 people having signed up to participate by Saturday morning.
Taking a proactive step, Jin has set up this event months in advance so as to gain ground. The “strap in” is expected to occur on August 24 next year, that is the first day of 2016’s fall semester. The idea germinated in reaction to the shooting at Texas Southern University.
And just a few days before this shooting, two other deadly shootings on campuses had taken place – one in Oregon and then another in Arizona.
In the past few months dozens of UT-Austin students, faculty and staff members have spoken against the law and urged University President Greg Fenves to severely limit campus carry at the flagship.
Last week, a professor in the school’s economics department announced he would be give up teaching over concerns about his personal safety.
Though ‘Campus Carry’
would not apply to private schools, and will not go into effect for community colleges till August 2017, the move would definitely make the atmosphere more tense on campus. Thus, Jin’s protest, though bizzare, does have a good cause, and anyone can participate in it be it alum, non-UT students or people outside of Texas.