UPDATE (8/24/16) – Today, students at the University of Texas protested the state’s new “campus carry” law allowing concealed handguns in public university spaces, by using dildos as a means of protest. With the rallying cry, “They’re packing heat, we’re packing meat,” protestors met at an on-campus rally and encouraged students to zip-tie dildos onto their backpacks in open defiance of the state’s anti-obscenity law, stating that they felt safer around #CocksNotGlocks. You and read about the rally, see pictures from the protest and read more about the protest organizers below.
#CocksNotGlocks! That’s the gospel being spread by Jessica Jin, a 2014 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. Jin organized a Facebook event called Campus (DILDO) Carry, which currently has over 5,300 virtual attendees even though the protest isn’t scheduled until next August. That’s when a new “campus carry” law goes into effect, allowing permit-carrying students at the state’s public universities to carry handguns on campus. Co-sponsored by nineteen Republican state senators, the bill was signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott in June after easily passing both houses of the Texas legislature.
“You’re carrying a gun to class? Yeah well I’m carrying a HUGE DILDO.” Jin’s approach is humorous, but her message is serious. The former violin performance major explains her #CocksNotGlocks campaign:
The State of Texas has decided that it is not at all obnoxious to allow deadly concealed weapons in classrooms, however it DOES have strict rules about free sexual expression, to protect your innocence. You would receive a citation for taking a DILDO to class before you would get in trouble for taking a gun to class. Heaven forbid the penis.
Jin is referring to obscenity laws that forbid students from openly displaying “obscene devices,” or, in legalese, “a device including a dildo or artificial vagina, designed or marketed as useful primarily for the stimulation of human genital organs.”
The new law gives school administrators only minimal freedom to restrict guns on campus, meaning that they’ll be found in dorms, football stadiums and cafeterias at all nine of the state’s nine public universities.
The protest is scheduled for August 24, 2016, the day the law goes into effect on college campuses. Next August also marks the fiftieth anniversary of the country’s first mass campus shooting, which happened on UT-Austin’s campus.
While people outside of Texas sometimes think of it as an old-timey free-for-all where everyone’s packing heat, the state is only seventeenth out of fifty when it comes to gun ownership, and Guns & Ammo magazine ranked Texas #15 on its annual list of the best states for gun owners. That ranking may go up in January, once a more general open carry policy goes into effect.
Gun rights advocates claim that gun-toting students will enable people to defend one another in the event that someone goes nuts and starts shooting up the place, although opponents point out that more guns might just make things worse all around. UT-Austin professor emiritus Daniel Hemermesh has announced that he will quit teaching at the school over concerns for his personal safety.
Campus shootings are somewhat common in the news these days. Since the semester began, there have been shootings in Oregon and Arizona, as well as four different shooting incidents at Texas Southern University in Houston.
(featured image via Randall Chancellor)
Story originally published on October 13, 2015.