Gun rights activists moved the location of their “Crisis Performance Event” near the campus of the University of Texas Saturday and caught a counter-protest off guard.
The event, organized by Come And Take It Texas and DontComply.com was meant to put pressure on politicians and anti-gun groups to help ease and eliminate gun free zones, a subject of fierce debate on UTs campus. Counter-protesters staged a dildo-augmented “Mass Farting” to coincide with the mock mass killing.
However, the gun rights organizers at the last minute gave both the counter-demonstration, police and assembled media the slip, moving the site of the staged gunplay just two blocks over and conducted the staged event on a street corner near student housing.
As video posted by Don’t Comply shows, few spectators, police or protesters were present for the production, which saw seven individuals, many dressed in Gun-Free UT shirts, picked off one by one by two faux masked gunmen armed with cardboard handguns and sprayed with ketchup, one every 30 seconds.
The portrayal occurred within sight of the UT Tower from which in 1966 a gunman, Charles Whitman, killed 14 and wounded 32 in what is frequently referred to as the first modern active shooter incident in the nation.
“This event went perfect. We had plans to demonstrate all aspects of mass shootings and did so flawlessly,” said organizers in a statement. “We illustrated the unpredictability and long response times of real mass shooting events by moving the event two blocks over.…