Students Hand Out Dildos for ‘Cocks Not Glocks’ UT Protest

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Students at the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) are protesting a new state law that allows guns on public university campuses by concealed handgun licensees. The movement to hand out nearly 5000 dildos was established to mock what many consider an absurd notion that guns should be allowed on school grounds, but students receive a citation for taking a dildo to class.

The new law, which went into effect on August 1, has stirred quite a bit of controversy. Founder of the #CocksNotGlocks movement, Jessica Jin, decided enough was enough and it was time to take action. The UT Austin student successfully organized the anti-campus carry protest and began the protest on the first day of the school’s fall semester. The protest vowed to hand out over 4500 dildos to protest the newly implemented “campus carry” law. According to Jin:

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. Let’s put a dildo in the hands of every pissed off college student who hasn’t been heard in this safety conversation. Strap it on, feel the discomfort, feel the weird looks. Wear it loud, wear it proud, and don’t take them off until people take their guns home.

Hundreds of students joined the protest to rally against the new law. Sex toys are to reflect the irrationality of the law. Organizers waved dildos in the rally in order to “fight absurdity with absurdity.” Other protestors carried signs, shouted slogans, and juggled sex toys. Ana Lopez, the organizer of the campus rally, wanted the protest to be taken seriously despite the overload of dildos. 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.

Hundreds of staff and faculty members of the university petitioned unsuccessfully to block the “campus dildoscarry” law, arguing the combination of youth, firearms, alcohol, and academic stress could be the recipe for a deadly encounter. Republican political leaders in support of the ruling said the new law protects the rights of gun owners and could prevent a mass shooting on campus. The decree allows concealed handgun license holders, 21 and older, to bring handguns onto the campus, in classrooms and other university facilities.

Javier Auyero, Co-author of “In Harm’s Way: The Dynamics of Urban Violence,” is also against the new law. He believes allowing guns on campus make colleges less safe; not only increasing risk but also will stifle classroom debates. He added:

It will furthermore irredeemably hurt the national and international reputation of the Flagship University of Texas at Austin and other Texas universities. Reputations take a notoriously long time to build, but a short time to destroy.

Although the #CocksNotGlocks movement has a great following, there are students who support the gun law. Students for Concealed Carry (SCC) is a national organization composed of concerned citizens, staff, and faculty as well as college students. This grassroots, non-partisan group believe state-dildosissued concealed handgun licensees should have the same freedom of personal protection on campus as they do in other places. SCC, the nation’s largest college-based campus-carry advocacy group, does not advocate “students acting as amateur security guards to try to stop a mass shooting.”  Instead, the organization highlights how armed citizens can help stop a mass shooting or, at the very least, minimize loss of life.”  Many supporters of the new law also support the possibility of dildos on campus.

While the debate continues, no casualties have taken place as a result of the newly implemented campus carry law nor the #CocksNotGlocks movement. Although some may disagree with the method, Jin is a champion for her passion and the courage to organize such a massive event.  The crusade against guns on campus has vowed to hand out more than 4500 dildos to prove the point that sex toys are less dangerous than guns. Several faculty members attended the rally, and in 2015, a prominent dean left the school after the law passed.

By Cherese Jackson (Virginia)

Sources:

Chron: NSFW shirt spotted at ‘Cocks Not Glocks’ protest at University of Texas at Austin
Huffington Post: University Of Texas Students Start School Year With ‘Cocks Not Glocks’ Anti-Gun Protest
Students for Concealed Carry: Students for Concealed Carry Embraces UT Dildos

Photo Credit:

All Images by Marshall Tidrick Courtesy of Jessica Jin (Cocks Not Glocks)

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