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Gun-Rights Groups Holding Fake Mass Shooting at UT

'An armed society is a polite society'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 9, 2015 1:59 PM CST
Gun-Rights Groups Holding Fake Mass Shooting at UT
A gun-rights advocate carries a rifle on his back and a cardboard cutout of a pistol on his waist while protesting outside the Texas Capitol in Austin last January.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

(Newser) – Two Texas gun-rights groups will be holding a "mock mass shooting" at the University of Texas in Austin on Saturday in an effort to put an end to gun-free zones in the state, the Austin American-Statesman reports. Actors armed with cardboard guns will go around "shooting" other actors while fake blood spurts and "gun noises" are played through bullhorns, says Matthew Short, spokesperson for Come and Take It Texas and DontComply.com. Of course, what would fake bad guys with guns be without fake good guys with guns? Short says "rescuers" will use their own cardboard guns to stop the shooters. "In the wake of yet another gun-free-zone shooting, Obama is using it to aggressively push his gun confiscation agenda," the event's Facebook page states. "Now is the time to ... put an end to the gun-free killing zones."

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Short tells the Statesman the only reason the San Bernardino and Paris attacks happened was "because no one was armed." “An armed society is a polite society,” Short says. “We love freedom and we’re trying to make more freedom." Starting next year, people will be allowed to bring loaded guns into University of Texas dorms and classrooms. It's a move unpopular with many staff and students, and more than 10,000 people have signed up to carry dildos on the first day of classes in August to protest the new rule. Come and Take It and DontComply.com haven't gotten permits or permission from the college for their mock mass shooting. Prior to the demonstration, members will take their actual guns for a walk through Austin. (Read more gun control stories.)

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