Gun advocates to stage fake mass shooting at University of Texas

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Gun rights activists plan to hold a fake mass shooting over the weekend at the University of Texas at Austin in an attempt to bring an end to gun-free zones, according to the Austin American-Statesman.

“Criminals that want to do evil things and commit murder go places where people are not going to be able to stop them,” said Matthew Short, a spokesman for gun rights groups Come and Take it Texas and

{mosads}“When seconds count, the cops are minutes away,” he added.

The Open Walk and Crisis Performance Event will include bullhorn gunfire, fake blood and actors pretending to be victims who are shot.

Other actors will play the roles of rescuers and perpetrators, armed with cardboard weapons.

Asked by the Statesman if he thought the event was in bad taste after last week’s San Bernardino, Calif., shooting, Short said: “Not at all. People were able to be murdered people [sic] because no one was armed.” 

Before the event, the activists plan to walk through Austin carrying loaded weapons.

The groups said they are not seeking permission from the university or city officials to hold the event.

The University of Texas was not immediately available for comment.

Guns are currently banned on the Austin campus but will be allowed next August after a new law goes into effect.

The worst mass shooting in American history took place on a college campus. In 2007, Seung Hui Cho killed 32 people at Virginia Tech before committing suicide.

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