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Texas gun rights activists holding 'theatrical mass shooting' near UT campus in protest of gun-free zones

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(NaturalNews) Two gun rights groups have joined forces to stage a "theatrical mass shooting" on Saturday in Austin, Texas, demonstrating the danger of gun-free zones and the utility of open carry. On December 12, gun rights activists with Don't Comply and Come and Take it Texas will perform an open carry march around the perimeter of the University of Texas campus beginning at noon, before kicking off the mock mass shooting at 2:30 p.m. CT.

The theatrical shooting planned for this weekend has received national attention, drawing criticism from the leftist media, which largely advocates "gun-free zones" – the primary targets of mass shootings.

Leaders of Don't Comply said in a press release that activists will "take to the streets armed with rifles and pistols on display followed by a crisis performance on UT campus."

Murdoch Pizgatti, the President and co-founder of Don't Comply, explained to Natural News' Mike Adams in a recent interview on TalkNetwork's Health Ranger Report why staged mass shooting events like these are necessary.

"You can talk until you're blue in the face, logical arguments to people, but a lot of people still rely on just an emotional fiction & dialogue in their head about gun free zones," said Pizgatti. "They think somehow, fewer guns in the hands of law abiding citizens, keeps people safer and we all know that to not be true.

"We all know mass shootings happen in gun-free zones. We're just using some visual aids in this particular event to demonstrate to people how that really looks in real life," Pizgatti said.

The event was originally scheduled to take place on UT campus; however, the university refused, warning that the demonstration would be considered criminal trespass, reports the Austin American Statesman. In response, the gun rights groups moved their event 20 feet to the left on a public sidewalk, using the university as the backdrop for the event.


Gun rights activists will be using fake weapons made out of "brightly colored" cardboard cutouts, crisis actors and possibly fake blood. Pizgatti said their props are not intended to scare anyone, and will not be realistic looking – unlike government-performed active shooter drills, which involve fully armed police from multiple state and federal law enforcement agencies.

"Ya know, you have to look it at from the perspective of, if you were to cause any type of panic or undue stress of audience members, you're not getting through to them on any intellectual level. So, this event is not designed to cause any type of panic. It's not to disrupt, it's there to give visual aid to the education," Pizgatti said.

When asked if they anticipated any opposition to Saturday's event, Pizgatti replied: "Absolutely, we have a couple events posted on Facebook by the anti-gunners and mad mommies and any others who are scared of the sight of guns and want to keep UT a victim zone and target-rich environment."

The other participating gun rights group, Come and Take it Texas, was behind the passing of Texas' new open carry law, which allows individuals with concealed handgun licenses (CHL) to open carry beginning January 1, 2016.

In Aug. 2016, CHL holders will be able to open carry inside UT classrooms and other campus buildings, whereas before they were only permitted to open carry on campus.

Pizgatti says he and other gun rights activists firmly believe the new law will protect Texas universities from the possibility of mass shootings.

"If we look at all of these mass shootings, these gun-free zones are picked for a reason," said Pizgatti. "Like in the Aurora shooting, him passing up two theaters that allowed guns inside until he got to the gun-free zone theater. This is the one common thing in all these mass shootings and it's a gun-free zone.

"So having just that chance that there could be someone armed, is enough for someone who has bad intentions of doing harm is going to go somewhere else," he added.

Pizgatti hosts the "Don't Comply" show on TalkNetwork.com, airing Monday and Thursday 4-6 p.m. CT.






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