The ongoing spate of gun violence on school campuses — including three shootings in the last two weeks alone — has left many, many people frustrated with the lax gun laws in the United States. But what’s added injury to insult for some, is that there are legislators across the nation that continue to fight for gun rights, even in the face of this endless string of tragedies.
Texas is one such place, with the state’s legislatures passing a bill this summer that will allow for “campus carry.” In other words, people with licenses to carry concealed weapons will be allowed to bring their guns to class.
In response, one female student at the University of Texas – Austin has put together a very — let’s say, creative — response to the new measure that calls for students at the school to arrive with dildos strapped to their backpacks when the new law goes into effect next year.
“I felt a lot of frustration at those who were still trying to explain away, or make excuses for this repeated pattern of violence, and said to myself, ‘Man, these people are such dildos,’” Jessica Jin, the founder of the #c**ksnotglocks movement told USA Today. “I couldn’t believe that people could still sit there and defend their own personal gun ownership while watching families mourn the loss of their children.”
So, on August 24, 2016, she’s asking her fellow students to join her in a protest of new law by highlighting UT Austin’s relatively stringent school policies, which bans people from “[distributing or displaying] on the campus any writing or visual image, or engage in any public performance, that is obscene,” but has few rules on guns — despite the fact that in 1966, UT Austin became one of the first schools in American history to experience a mass shooting on campus.
“There’s a lot of arguing going on, but the consensus is, we’re all just trying to not get killed,” said Jin of her event, which now has nearly 8,000 attendees. “I need this proliferation of dildos to offer people a visual representation of what it would be like if we all carried guns. If guns and bloodshed don’t wake people up, a public celebration of sexuality may just do the trick.”
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