University of Texas at Austin students strapped dildos to their backpacks today, the first day of fall semester, to protest Texas' Campus Carry law that allows licensed holders to carry concealed handguns in buildings on public universities.
The Campus (DILDO) Carry protest was hosted by Cocks not Glocks. The organization was founded by Jessica Jin, a former UT student, and Ana Lopez, a sophomore UT student and VP of Students Against Campus Carry.
They handed out 4,000 donated dildos. The concept behind the dildos? "Fighting absurdity with absurdity."
We are viewing this as a free speech issue. Students have a right to express themselves. This appears to be protected political speech.
The university recognized the protest as a freedom of speech and said they will not arrest anybody for the public display of dildos. It is legal to carry a sex toy in public as long as it's not used in a public sex act.
Senate Bill 11, the Campus Carry law, went into effect August 1. Lopez said the bill moved through the legislature without proper representation of students and faculty, those who would be directly affected by the presence of guns.
Robust academic debate [will be dampened] ... by the fear that it could expose other students or themselves to gun violence.
The protest happened in conjunction with the Rally to Repeal hosted by Gun Free UT, a group of professors against Campus Carry. Three professors filed a lawsuit against the school and the state in hopes to keep guns out of classrooms and to maintain academic integrity.
Heck, I really hope this law gets repealed. It might be unrealistic because we're talking about the Texas legislature, but it's a start.
The protest's Facebook event garnered 10,000 RSVPs. A counter protest hosted by Open Carry Texas had 57. In addition to slinging dildos, they are taking political action. Cocks not Glocks hopes to eventually get the law repealed, something they know won't be easy.