Students protest gun laws with dildos
Last week (Wednesday August 24th), saw thousands of students at the University of Texas, US protesting gun laws by toting sex toys. Students wielded dildos in a bid to protest the conceal carry law that came into effect last week across Texas universities, which allows people to carry concealed guns on campuses.
The law means that any licensed holders are able to take concealed handguns with them wherever they are on campus, including dorms and classrooms. Students have been protesting due to the increase in campus shootings in recent years, which many believe could increase now this law has come into effect.
Students chose to protest with sex toys as, under Texas law, it is illegal to openly carry them in public. The aim was to fight "absurdity with absurdity", according to Jessica Jin, the protest organiser and recent alumnus.
On the Facebook event page she wrote: “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 protest - called Cocks Not Glocks - had over 4,500 dildos donated and students wore slogan T-shirts to the event.
While police were on standby during the peaceful protest, they did not make any arrests.
This was the latest event to join in with the debate concerning the new law, which has seen university professors sue the University of Texas in a bid to halt it from coming into effect. The professors argued that the school had implemented a "dangerously-experimental" gun policy that put staff and students at risk.