UT-Austin student plans open carry dildo protest

Back in June, Texas governor Greg Abbott signed a bill that would allow people with concealed carry permits to walk around public campuses with a gun. Some people, like UT-Austin student Jessica Jin, think this is a bad idea. To voice her dissent, Jin is planning a protest wherein she encourages people to walk around campus with dildos. Her reasoning, according to the Facebook event, is dildos are “just about as effective at protecting us from sociopathic shooters, but much safer for recreational play.”

Jin also finds the disconnect between the perceived danger of sexual objects versus the actual danger of firearms somewhat disturbing. Again, from the event page, Jin says “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 law doesn’t take effect until August of 2016, so the “strap in” is set to take place on August 24, 2016, the first day of the fall semester next year.

A controversy erupted in the immediate aftermath of the deadly October 1 shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon when some outlets erroneously reported that the campus was a “gun-free zone.” Some people feel that everyone should be walking around with guns in order to stop all the crazy people with guns who want to kill everybody. Others have pointed out that adding more guns to a dangerous situation only serves to make the situation even more dangerous. As no argument about gun control in this country ever seems to come to any sort of conclusion, this protest seems to be a continuation of the never-ending cycle.

You don’t have to be a UT student to participate. You don’t even have to be there. Just walk around wherever you want with a dildo. Who cares? Jin has also vowed to try to get a dildo supplier involved should enough people get on board with the protest. Nice dildos can be expensive, after all.

[Chron]