In the wake of the Oregon shooting and, in fact, all campus centered shootings, there are many people who feel that the new Texas law is unfair and unsafe. The new Texas-approved “campus carry” law gives the legal freedom for students to carry concealed weapons — handguns — to classrooms, dorms, and other campus buildings. One group of students have decided to protest the passing of the bill by shedding light on another, lesser known, and much less dangerous rule, against the carrying of a toy of a sexual nature in public, a dildo.
“Just about as effective at protecting us from sociopathic shooters, but much safer for recreational play.”
In June, Gov. Greg Abbott signed S.B. 11, also known as the “campus carry” law. S.B. 11 will become effective throughout university campuses starting August 1, 2016, and extend to community colleges as of August 1, 2017, but will not affect private schools. The law does give public universities a minimum amount of control to use their discretion and designate certain areas as gun free zones across the campus. The law will go into effect exactly 50 years after the first mass shooting on a U.S. college campus, which was interestingly on a Texas campus.
— Emma Iannini (@em_721) October 10, 2015
The University of Texas in Austin has become the center of protest against the “campus carry” law, and the students’ plans to carry dildos to class is already garnering national attention. A letter against “campus carry” being passed was previously submitted with over 160 signatures of professors who stood against it, but to no avail. One professor made headlines recently when he resigned over the matter, citing concern for his safety. The next step for the student protest was the organization of “Campus (Dildo) Carry.” Since guns are being permitted in classes, these students will be open-carrying dildos — they are very aware of the lack of defense methods such a device has.
When last checked, Addicting Info advised that over 1,000 students had green lit their attendance for the unusual protest at the University of Texas. Arming themselves with the mantra #CocksNotGlocks, the organizing body of the protest were sure to point out that while carrying weapons to class will be deemed acceptable and appropriate, carrying a dildo will land students in some hot water with campus officials. Their Facebook event page, “Campus (Dildo) Carry,” has the reason for their dildo carrying plans nicely detailed.
“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.”
The creator of the Facebook page, Jessica Jin, highlighted that more guns on campus will make students feel safer has no basis in reality. Given the phallic nature of the gun, using the plastic phallus and #CocksNotGlocks as a protest method has been hailed a genius move by some.
— Joseph Gelfer (@drjosephgelfer) October 11, 2015
The Facebook event for “Campus (Dildo) Carry” was created on the same day that Texas Southern University saw 1 student dead and another wounded because of a shooting on campus. This was an event that came just days after the deadly mass shooting in Arizona forced President Obama to give his 15th speech about mass shootings since taking office. Chron says that the arguments put forth by those for “campus carry” are centered on the belief that concealed handgun holders will be able to defend themselves and others in the event of a shooter. However, those against “campus carry” argue that the ensuing chaos of such an event would not be aided by concealed weapon holders and they may even add to it.
The “Campus (Dildo) Carry” is scheduled to go into effect the same day as the “campus carry,” and if all goes according to plan, there will be quite a different meaning to the scenario of students packing heat on campus that day. The event is a public one, and Jin invites one and all to join in #CocksNotGlocks.
“ANYBODY can participate in solidarity: alum, non-UT students, people outside of Texas. Come one dildo, come all dildos.”
The #CocksNotGlocks hashtag is being favored already, and the “Campus Dildo Carry” protest is shaping up nicely, as well, but hopefully it will not be necessary.