UT-Austin campus carry panel: Guns can’t be banned in classrooms

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Gun Rights Groups To Use University Of Texas Campus As Backdrop For Mock Mass Shooting.

AUSTIN (AP) — Concealed handguns would be mostly barred from University of Texas dormitories but not from classrooms under recommendations presented to the school president. Two gun rights groups in Texas have planned a mock mass shooting event on Saturday in order to raise awareness about their view of the relationship between gun rights and mass shooting casualties. Faced with the macabre spectacle of young people — or, in the case of the 2012 shooting in Newtown, Conn., children — lying dead in classrooms, groups such as the NRA can only suggest that more guns would lead to less violence, a conclusion met with skepticism by many Americans. The groups Come and Take It Texas and Dontcomply.com announced plans for the Saturday event that would include cardboard guns and fake blood, as well as gunshot audio played on a megaphone, reports CBS Austin affiliate KEYE-TV. Gun control advocates have been vocal about their desire to enact new restrictions on ownership of certain kinds of guns in the wake of two mass shootings in Colorado Springs, Colo., and San Bernardino, Calif., in less than a week.

The stunt is designed to demonstrate the need for armed good samaritans who can take down attackers in mass shooting incidents quicker than police can arrive on the scene. The groups hosting the mock shooting event say that it will demonstrate how the intervention of responsible gun owners can reduce the number of lives lost in a mass shooting scenario. But the bizarre plan has been branded disrespectful as it is scheduled 10 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. The event raises a few questions, including whether or not passersby, unaware of the pretend proceeding, might be duped into thinking an actual shooting was taking place.

The university said violators could face criminal trespassing charges. “More than likely we’re just going to be moving it 20 to 30 feet over to the public land that’s adjacent to the property… still using UT as the backdrop for the event,” Murdoch Pizgatti, president of Dontcomply.com, told KEYE. Loaded weapons are currently prohibited on campus but under a new Texas law comes into effect in August, concealed weapons will be allowed to be carried into classrooms, dormitories and other areas on campus — except for designated restricted zones. In addition, a 15th victim would die years later as a result of wounds suffered that day, and Whitman’s wife and mother, who he had killed hours before his shooting spree, would bring the total number of those killed to 17. But asked if he thought the nature of the demonstration was in bad taste following the San Bernardino and Paris mass shootings, he said, “Not at all”.

The planned demonstration, “Life And Liberty Event To End Gun Free Zones,” coincides with final exams, and several students wrote on the event’s Facebook page also requesting that the event be moved off-campus. Bird said in a statement, pointing out that the Westboro Baptist Church has also been denied the right to stage events at the school. “If they do not, it becomes a criminal trespass matter.

Bird said. “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. Prof Neuberger is one of the leaders of Gun Free UT, an organisation supported by thousands of the university’s staff and students that wants all firearms banned from the campus. 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. Bird told the Statesman that while the campus prides itself on being “a place for the vigorous exchange of diverse viewpoints,” campus grounds are not “open to outside groups for assembly, speech, or other activities, including theatrical performances.” Because of this, organizers have shifted the event, originally planned to be held on campus, to just off campus property.

More than 10,000 people have vowed to carry dildos to their classes when they resume in August in what’s being called the “C***s not Glocks” protest. Organiser Jessica Jin, who is encouraging people to turn up to class with “gigantic swinging dildos” strapped to their backpacks, told the Daily Texan it was absurd that under Texas law and the university’s rules, students would be reprimanded for obscenity for carrying sex toys but allowed to carry firearms.

State lawmakers voted to allow concealed handgun license holders to bring their weapons on campus, including classrooms and dorms, with some limitations. Although the bill states that public universities would have some authority to regulate the carrying and storage of handguns, it has been met with considerable resistance by both students and faculty. Some teachers have threated to quit or sue if they are not allowed to ban guns from their classrooms. (TM and © Copyright 2015 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries.

Several academic departments and schools on the Austin campus have banded together to form “Gun Free UT,” a university-wide movement hoping to ensure that the campus carry bill is repealed. “[We are] opposed to allowing guns in classrooms and faculty offices.

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