Come and Take It Texas and DontComply.com, two Texas gun rights groups, are staging a fake mass shooting in Austin this weekend. Is this a good idea or a bad idea?
The planned fake mass shooting is formally known as "The Open Carry Walk and Crisis Performance Event" an will involve actors being shot by perpetrators armed with fake guns.
Matthew Short, a spokesman for the gun rights groups sponsoring the event, had this to say about the fake mass shooting:
It's a fake mass shooting, and we'll use fake blood. He said gun noises will be blared from bullhorns. Other people will then play the role of rescuers, also armed with cardboard weapons.
The point of the scenario is to promote campus carry and the groups originally intended to hold the event on the University of Texas main campus in Austin.
However, the University of Texas did not approve of the fake mass shooting and announced that it would pursue criminal trespass charges against members of the groups if they went ahead with the protest.
As a result, the planned hypothetical shooting is most likely going to be held on Guadalupe Street, which is adjacent to the campus.
When he was asked if he thought the fake mass shooting would appear to be in poor taste following the recent mass shootings in San Bernardino and Paris, Short said:
Not at all. People were able to be murdered because no one was armed. We want criminals to fear the public being armed. An armed society is a polite society. We love freedom and we're trying to make more freedom.
What do you think about this planned fake mass shooting? Is it a good way to promote legitimate self-defense issues or is it in poor taste?