Pro-firearm groups to begin staging 'mock mass shootings' to protest US gun laws
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.
The stunt is designed to demonstrate that armed ‘Good Samaritans’ can take down attackers in mass shooting incidents before police can arrive.
Described as an "open carry walk and crisis performance", the staged event will involve actors using use fake blood and cardboard weapons.
‘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.
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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.
Two pro-firearm groups had sought to carry out the fake gun rampage on a campus belonging to the University of Texas on Saturday but this was blocked by officials who said such a demonstration would be “highly insensitive” given the university’s history.
In 1966, former Marine Charles Whitman killed 14 people and wounded 32 others during a 90-minute shooting spree from the campus tower.
Whitman, an engineering major at the school, also killed his wife and mother before he was shot dead by police.
Instead ‘Come and Take It Texas’ and ‘Dontcomply.com’ announced plans to hold the event on public land near the Austin campus so that “University of Texas will be the back drop.”
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Murdock Pizgatti, founder of the groups, wrote online that: "In the wake of yet another mass shooting, one thing is clear; Gun Free Zones are killing us.
"These target rich environments are letting our children be murdered by evil people.
"Now is the time to stand up, take a walk, and put pressure on politicians to ban Gun Free Zones.”
The protest will begin at noon (6pm GMT) with gun owners marching with loaded weapons through the streets of Austin, while the ‘performance’ is scheduled to start at 2:30 pm (8:30 pm).
Currently in Texas, anyone with concealed handgun permits is allowed to carry weapons in certain areas on university campuses.
But a bill passed in June, due to come into law in 2016, could allow weapons in dorms and in classrooms, The Washington Post reports.