US students fighting for gun control with sex toys
Students in the US are protesting against a landmark decision to allow people to carry concealed guns on university campuses by arming themselves with sex toys.
A new law will come into effect in August 2016 that means people can carry hidden handguns while on university campuses. To demonstrate against the decision, students at the University of Texas have taken to carrying dildos around with them.
The protest is all about showing the hypocrisy of scandalising fake penises and sex and yet allowing people to carry working guns. Over 3,500 people at the university have signed up to take part in the campaign, which is using the hashtag #CocksNotGlocks to showcase it across social media.
The campaign's Facebook page states: "Starting on the first day of Long Session classes on August 24, 2016, we are strapping gigantic swinging dildos to our backpacks in protest of campus carry.
"ANYBODY can participate in solidarity, alum, non-UT students, people outside of Texas. Come one dildo, come all dildos.
"You're carrying a gun to class? Yeah well I'm carrying a HUGE DILDO.
"Just about as effective at protecting us from sociopathic shooters, but much safer for recreational play."
The idea behind the protest stems from the fact that Texas state law can result in anyone in public getting a $500 (£322) fine for displaying 'obscene' materials. This means that things like sex toys are more heavily policed than guns.
Jessica Jin, the University of Texas student who is organising the campaign, said: "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."
This demonstration follows on from three shootings taking place on American university campuses in less than two weeks. A person was injured and another killed in a gun attack at Texas Southern University on October 9th. This was within only hours of a shooting at Arizona University, which left one dead and three injured.
These attacks followed the October 1st shooting at Umpqua Community College, in which British-born shooter Chris Harper-Mercer shot and killed nine people and hurt seven more. So far this year, the US has seen 52 school shootings, with 30 people killed and 53 injured.
It is feared that the change in law to allow concealed guns on campuses will not provide protection against future shootings, but result in more deaths.