Mock Mass Shooting Met by Counter Demonstrators in Texas

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Groups Converge for Mock Shooting Near University of Texas.

.cms-textAlign-left{text-align:left;}.cms-textAlign-center{text-align:center;}.cms-textAlign-right{text-align:right;}.cms-custom-quote{border-left: 1px solid #eee; margin-left: 15px; padding-left: 15px; font-style: italic; font-size: 17px; line-height: 28px; color: #666;} On Saturday, just off The University of Texas at Austin’s campus, the groups Come and Take It Texas and will hold a to raise awareness about mistakes they think are being made. ”These mass shootings are getting out of control.Gun right activists are to stage a mock mass shooting near a university campus to prove that “gun-free zones” in the United States need to be eliminated. ‘Gunmen’ will storm a crowded event and ‘shoot dead’ volunteers as other actors will play the role of “rescuers” who will also be armed with cardboard weapons. The bizarre plan comes ten days after the deadly mass shooting in San Bernardino, one month after the Paris terrorist attacks, and one day shy of the third anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting where 20 children and six adults were gun down by a 20-year-old shooter.

The law taking effect in August requires public universities to designate specific areas where people with concealed handgun permits can carry their weapons. A handful of demonstrators, including a few carrying legal AK-47 and AR-15 rifles, began arriving at the assembly point, a parking garage just west of the 51,000-student campus, shortly before the start of the noon event.

The Austin campus is the site of one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history: Sniper Charles Whitman killed 16 people in 1966, shooting dozens of victims from a perch atop the central clock tower. “People are already scared with everything that’s going on in the world and it’s kind of nice to have a safe place which I feel like UT is. We suggest that any outside organizations planning such events on campus relocate them to other space where they would be allowed.” The mock shooting — which organizers are calling “Life And Liberty Event To End Gun Free Zones” — is scheduled to take place around the same time as final exams. Organizers said they expected at least 20 people — and possibly many more — for the event, which took place as Texas colleges and universities prepared to put into place a new state law permitting adult owners of licensed guns to carry them inside campus buildings. To have something like that occur, even if it was fake, I think makes people feel very endangered,” junior Jazy Hill told KEYE-TV. “More than likely we’re just going to be moving it 20-30 feet over to the public land that’s adjacent to the property… still using UT as the backdrop for the event,” Pizgatti told KEYE-TV.

The working group, which included some gun owners and concealed-carry license holders, released a statement saying that all members agreed with the “overwhelming sentiment on campus” to keep guns out of classrooms but that they ultimately decided to allow it. Many gun-control advocates and other people, including some who support campus-carry laws, denounced it as highly inflammatory in light of the recent mass attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif. There will also been another scenario showing how the situation is different when civilians are armed. “When outside individuals come on campus and violate our rules regarding use of our grounds and facilities, they are asked to leave. Law professor Steve Goode, who led the group, said banning guns from classrooms would be considered a blanket ban specifically prohibited by the new law.

An armed man who had posted on Facebook that he was homicidal drove onto Arkansas State University in Jonesboro on Thursday, sparking a campus lockdown before police took him into custody without any shots fired, university and police officials said. While guns are not currently allowed on college campuses in Texas, state legislators voted to allow them in classrooms and dorms starting next year for people licensed to carry concealed handguns. A day earlier, officers went to Bartelt’s home after receiving a call about a Facebook post in which he said he was “suicidal and now homicidal.” In the post, he referred to an incident with the Social Security Administration. Officers said Bartelt was already seeking medical attention, according a police report. 4 police officers on leave after man dies in custody: Four white police officers in Winston-Salem, N.C., are on administrative duty after a black man who was subdued with pepper spray died in custody, authorities said. Train runs driverless through four stations: A six-car train carrying about 50 passengers left a suburban Boston transit station without a driver Thursday and went through four stations without stopping.

Two such schools, Texas Christian in Fort Worth and Rice in Houston, have opted out of the law, and Southern Methodist University in Dallas is expected to decide in the coming week. Investigators were focusing on “operator error.” The trip began shortly after 6 a.m. at the Braintree station and ended about nine minutes later when power was cut to the rails, transportation officials said. Passage of the legislation was a long-sought victory for gun-rights advocates, who unsuccessfully lobbied three previous legislative sessions to approve the bill.

Greg Abbott’s signature on the law in mid-June effectively shifted the debate from the Capitol to college campuses, where student groups representing both sides of the issue have participated in high-profile protests and public forums. But opponents say the socially charged atmosphere of a university — where students are often under stress and susceptible to using drugs and alcohol — is no place to introduce firearms.

At Texas Christian University, the first private school to choose not to follow the law, the underlying question was “do more guns make it safer here or do fewer guns make it safer here?” said Kathy Cavins-Tull, the vice chancellor for student affairs.

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