In Texas, One Woman Is Protesting Gun Laws With Sex Toys
Unless you’ve been buried in a hole for the past week, you’ve probably realized that the gun control issue in America has completely gone off of the deep end. With three university shootings occurring in one week (among with many other threats, my own university included), it seems that our country has become about as safe as a live war zone.
While these occurrences (along with a multitude of others) have some people wondering when we are finally going to heighten our gun control laws, Texas lawmakers seemed to have a different idea. Texas passed their Senate Bill 11 this past summer, and it makes it legal for students to carry concealed weapons on dorms, classrooms, and public buildings on campus.
While this law may make the gun wielding students feel safer in case there is an attack, it likely also makes many students fearful of their lives on a daily basis. After all, who would know if the drunk freshman next to you in the dining hall is carrying a gun? A Texas State alumna, Jessica Jin, wasn’t going to stand by and watch her alma mater become a potential battleground, so she decided to start her own noteworthy (albeit unconventional) campaign.
Her campaign, entitled #CocksnotGlocks, has its own Facebook page and is already becoming a popular search term on the social media site, along with trending on Twitter. Her reasoning behind the movement is based on the fact that students are forbidden to express themselves sexually on campus in any way. She explains that, “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.”
So protecting the innocence of students is more important than protecting their lives? Interesting. The Facebook page has been flooded with angry pro-gun supporters, who seem to be outraged at the mention of the word “dildo.” The sad part is that it appears that the majority of these Facebook trolls are grown men, and some even are carrying children in their profile pictures. Believe in whatever you want, but if you’re a middle-aged man feeling the need to make rude memes and spend time writing angry comments on a Facebook page? I feel sorry for you.
On a more serious side, Jessica also began receiving death threats a mere 24 hours after her campaign was posted. Jin admitted that she was shocked to see these reactions so soon, but added that, “It’s the type of reaction that we could only hope to see from them [people] when they hear of a child being gunned down in a classroom. It’s a little scary and absurd, but it still sounds like progress to me.” It’s quite interesting how people will voice their outcry over females expressing their sexuality, but not over children being innocently killed while trying to get an education.
Jessica’s protest takes place on August 24, 2016; which is the first day of classes at UT Austin next year. We are very interested to see how this campaign will shape up until then (9.1k Facebook users have already chosen to attend the event).
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