New Gun Law Sparks Dildo Protest On Texas Campus

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Okay. We’ll admit that the potential jokes in this story almost write themselves, but read on. What these students are doing makes sense, and it might make you think.

“You’re carrying a gun to class? Yeah well I’m carrying a HUGE DILDO,” Jessica Jin wrote on Facebook.

She’s the organizer of “Campus (DILDO) Carry” at the University of Texas Austin. It’s an event set for the first day of next year’s fall term at the school – in response to new state laws taking effect August 1 that will allow students and faculty members at public and private universities across Texas to carry concealed handguns in lecture theaters, common areas and dorms.

Jin has called on her fellow students to protest against the new policy by strapping dildos to their backpacks – using the slogan “Cocks Not Glocks”.

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More than 160 professors at the university signed a letter speaking out against the legislation, signed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott in June. Daniel Hamermesh, an economics professor, said last week he was resigning due to concerns about his personal safety.

Jin correctly points out that there will now be more restrictions on sexual expression than there are on carrying lethal firearms: “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,” she wrote.”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.”

Supporters say the new policy makes it easier for people to “protect their loved ones” and stops making people “inadvertent criminals”.  They argue that gunmen target “gun-free zones” because they think they won’t meet resistance.

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But others point out that encouraging armed civilians to engage an attacker could lead to more deaths.

University of Texas Chancellor William McRaven, a former Navy SEAL admiral who lead the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, told CNN: “I like guns, but I just don’t think having them on campus is the right place. “I have been shot at before. And so I know what and how people react when they are being shot at. So if you aren’t trained in that environment, you probably aren’t going to react the way people think you will react naturally.”

In the past, gun owners have been allowed to carry their concealed weapons on university grounds but it was illegal to take them inside any public building.

Over three thousand people have already indicated they will attend the event, but some others have called Jin’s action “childish”.

“A grand example of the decline of value in American University education,” one commented.

“As a parent I feel more comfortable with my children having a weapon on campus rather than a dildo,” wrote another.

What would you rather see in classrooms?  Guns or dildos?