Gun rights groups are issuing a call for crisis actors to take part in a fake mass shooting at the University of Texas campus in Austin, in an effort to demonstrate the ineffectiveness of gun free zones.
Yesterday, pro-Second Amendment groups Come and Take It Texas and DontComply.com announced the “Life and Liberty Event to End Gun Free Zones,” an event which will include a theatrical performance of a mock mass shooting, reports The Hill.
A spokesman for the two groups said actors would pretend to be shot by armed assailants using cardboard guns.
“It’s a fake mass shooting, and we’ll use fake blood,” Matthew Short told the Austin American Statesman, adding the performance would include realistic gun sounds and even first responders.
“Criminals that want to do evil things and commit murder go places where people are not going to be able to stop them,” stated Short. “When seconds count, the cops are minutes away.”
Prior to the event, attendees will also participate in an open carry walk armed with “rifles and legal black powder.”
Short said the groups will not be asking permission from the university or the city to hold the event.
Starting August of next year, a concealed carry law is set to go into effect which would permit licensed UT students and faculty to bring and store concealed handguns on campus.
In 1966, Charles Whitman notoriously climbed the University of Texas tower armed with several weapons and killed 14 people from the observation deck, wounding 30 before he was shot and killed by police.