Pro-gun activists are planning a mock mass shooting, and are now trying to find a new venue for the event after representatives of the University of Texas at Austin have refused to host it on campus.
The fake emergency situation is being orchestrated by members of the news website DontComply.com and of the organization Come and Take it Texas, as a way of emphasizing the fact that introducing gun free zones is a dangerous, self-defeating strategy, because such rules are ignored by perpetrators anyway.
Instead, citizens should have the right to carry concealed handguns or other weapons, as a means of ensuring their own safety and protection when being under attack.
As organizers have revealed, during the staged school shooting a battle will be prominently featured, between would-be terrorists and their seemingly defenseless victims. The hostages will eventually prove to be armed as well, and manage to vanquish their attackers.
Apparently, the simulation, which is guaranteed to spark outrage among gun control activists, will be aided by various props meant to make it appear more authentic, such as theatrical blood, audio recordings of gunshots being fired, as well as pistols made out of cardboard.
At first, the two gun rights advocacy groups had planned for the self-professed theatrical performance to take place on Saturday, December 12, at the University of Texas at Austin.
However, J.B Bird, the institution’s director of media outreach has issued a statement in which he vehemently denies the rumor that the campus will indeed host such a divisive event.
As Bird explained, numerous advocacy groups have asked permission to use the university grounds for various activities and demonstrations, but they have always been denied access.
Moreover, when they have failed to comply and have acted against the institution’s policy by camping on its grounds, police officers have been summoned, in order to deal with this trespassing crime.
Joan Neuberger, who teaches history at the university’s College of Liberal Arts, has also deplored that the idea of conducting a fake mass slaughter has even occurred to someone. According to her, the fact that steps have been taken in order to plan and carry out a such a gruesome spectacle is nothing short of appalling.
Moreover, as she explained, aside from the fact that the event is by definition deeply offensive and in very poor taste, it’s also extremely ill timed, given the fact that so many families are now mourning family members who have perished at the hands of deranged gunmen.
On December 2, a couple of jihadists fatally shot 14 people in a mass murder which took place at the Inland Regional Center, from San Bernardino, California.
Moreover, on December 14 three years will have passed since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, which led to the death of 26 school children and staffers at the academic institution located in Newtown, Connecticut.
However, Come and Take it founder Murcch Pizgatti as well as its fellow gun activists claim that the timing of their demonstration could not be more adequate, giving the fact that the purpose is to prove that the only way to defend oneself against gun violence is by being armed as well.
This way, instead of being sitting targets for would-be attackers, potential victims have a way to react and defend themselves.
Despite having received forceful rejection from the university, the event’s organizers haven’t yet given up hope entirely.
Instead, open carry supporter Jason Orsek and his colleagues are currently trying to arrange a discussion with Dean of students Dr. Soncia Reagins-Lilly, in order to persuade her to allow them to hold the dramatization somewhere in the immediate vicinity of the campus.
Apparently, their aim is for the fake slaughter to take place on Guadalupe Street, with the University of Texas at Austin serving as a background.
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