With ketchup and cardboard, Come and Take It Texas and DontComply.com are going to try to prove that gun-free zones kill people.
They're calling it a crisis performance event at the University of Texas at Austin.
Andre' Gabriel Esparza:
We won’t have high price directors nor a casting agent, just a volunteer group concerned activists bringing to light an important message. A skit of significance detailing a very specific cause, (Personal Protection), a Human Right that seems to have been slowly removed from the people and placed upon a shelf to be voted off or given back according to whomever is deserving of this essential benefit. Wanting to capture the crucial dangers of gun-free zones we are acting out a play or series of plays in which one or two are armed against a group of unarmed victims, ending in a number of casualties that are a result of a law regulating self-defense or any similar rule that is abided by only the innocent.
UT is not thrilled, to the say the least. Initially, the "dramatization" was going to take place on campus, but after officials threatened to arrest the "actors" for trespass, the groups relented. They'll do their fake mass shooting — talk about shitty taste — across the street this Saturday.
UT Austin spokesperson J.B. Bird said in a press statement that while the campus is a place for the vigorous exchange of diverse viewpoints, its property is not open to outside groups.
"Only the university itself, faculty, staff and student groups may engage in such activities on campus. This applies equally to an outside protest group, an outside theater troupe, or any outside group wishing to use the facilities or grounds of the university," Bird says, explaining that all groups are treated equally and turned away, from the Westboro Baptist Church to labor groups.
The thought of a mass shooting "dramatization" is particularly dastardly as UT Austin was the target of a mass shooting nearly 50 years ago where 14 people were murdered and dozens were injured.
And Esparza admits in his post, that even some of people on the guns-everywhere-for-everyone contingent think this is a bad idea.
"Our upcoming performance is gaining ridicule and slander from people all across the land, the anti-gun crowd, and even people within our family tree of Freedom Fighters but we will proceed," Esparza wrote. "Most of the finger-pointing bunch just left the theater watching a movie where the characters take up arms against their government like the Hunger Games and are eagerly awaiting the new Star Wars to hit the screen with a similar scenario."