These Texan students brought dildos to uni for the best reason

Hundreds of Texas students gathered at the UT Austin campus on Wednesday to protest a new gun law that would allow people over 21 to carry concealed weapons onto public university campuses all over Texas.

But instead of turning up to the protest with placards, occupying public buildings or chaining themselves to bannisters the students wielded sex toys at the cleverly named “Cocks not Glocks” demonstration. Pointing out that university rules state that you’re not allowed to be in possession of a dildo, but from the 1st of August students are permitted to carry a handgun into classrooms and dorms if they want to.

“We have crazy laws here but this is by far the craziest, that you can’t bring a dildo on to campus legally but you can bring your gun. We’re just trying to fight absurdity with absurdity,” said Rosie Zander, a 20-year-old history student.

“We wanted something fun that people could really engage in. Because it’s hard to get involved in the political process at our age, people our age don’t tend to vote or get involved, and this is so easy. Strap a dildo on and you’re showing the Texas legislature this is not a decision we wanted.”

America has a long-standing problem with mass shootings, with schools and universities being a common target. Over 5,000 dildos were donated by local sex shops for the protest, which aimed to shine a light on how ridiculous the new law was, and that the majority of students and staff at the college don’t agree with it. Apart from the obvious safety issues, people also worry that having guns on campus will stifle free speech rather than promote it.

The rally took place along the same place road from which Charles Whitman embarked on a shooting spree on 1 August 1966.

The so-called “campus carry” law, was voted for last year by Texas’s Republican-dominated legislature, and came into effect on the 50th anniversary of the massacre. It permits licensed gun owners aged 21 and older to carry concealed handguns in most places on public university campuses.

The University of Texas students used the protest to come up with some truly excellent slogans:

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