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College students at the University of Texas have started a group called “Cocks not Glocks” and are protesting a law that allows concealed carry on campus by waving dildos around.
Event organizer Ana López spoke to the Austin American-Statesman to explain what is going on right now at the University of Texas.
“I want this movement to be taken seriously,” she said. “It’s hard for the props not to overshadow the message. The Texas Legislature is trying to normalize gun culture. We’re trying to normalize sex culture. This is something that is completely harmless and represents part of the male anatomy.”
“I know it’s going to be an uphill battle,” she continued. “It’s going to take a lot to get this law repealed.”
A University of Texas spokesman told the Austin-American Statesman that this is being considered “a free speech issue.”
“We are viewing this as a free speech issue,” J.B. Bird said. “Students have a right to express themselves. This appears to be protected political speech.”
KXAN provided a helpful summary of what the campus carry law being protested allows:
- People who have a license to carry will be allowed to carry on campus and into campus buildings (the handgun still needs to be concealed)
- It will still be illegal to display a firearm in campus buildings as well as campus streets, sidewalks, etc.
- Minimum age for obtaining a license to carry is 21
- “Campus” means all land and buildings owned or leased by a public or private institution of higher education.
- Schools may establish their own rules and regulations regarding “safe zones” and how students store their handguns in dormitories
Interestingly, pro-gun group Students for Concealed Carry says it’s okay with this manner of protest.
Speaking with the Houston Chronicle, the state director for the group Brian Bensimon said,”If carrying a phallus to class helps you express yourself, go for it. We welcome this demonstration that freedom of speech and concealed carry of handguns can coexist on the same campus.”
Campus Reform writes that “upwards of 4,500 dildos were donated to the student protest group” for the Wednesday morning demonstration.