Gun Activists Plan to Stage a Fake Mass Shooting This Weekend

An estimated 800 pro-gun activists turned out for a rally inside the Idaho Statehouse on Saturday.Chris Butler/Idaho Statesman/ZUMA

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Gun rights activists in Texas are planning to stage a mock mass shooting at the University of Texas this weekend in protest of both gun-free zones and President Barack Obama’s continued calls for tougher gun control legislation.

According to the website Statesman, gun rights supporters will begin the day by marching through Austin with loaded weapons and conclude their walk with a “theatrical performance.”

A spokesman for the two participating gun rights groups, Come and Take It Texas and DontComply.com, told the site the event will involve using fake blood and bullhorns to mimic gunshot noises.

“In the wake of yet another gun free zone shooting, Obama is using it to aggressively push his gun confiscation agenda,” a Facebook page for the event read. “Now is the time to stand up, take a walk, speak out against the lies and put an end to the gun free killing zones.”

In June, state lawmakers made Texas the eighth state in the country to allow students to carry concealed weapons on campus grounds. Saturday’s event comes amid ongoing concerns about the new law.

“We want criminals to fear the public being armed,” spokesman Matthew Short said. “An armed society is a polite society.”

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