I owe someone a hat tip for this. James Barragan, in the Austin American-Statesman, “Blink and you might have missed mock shooting protest near UT“:
… Organizers from gun rights advocacy groups DontComply.com and Come and Take It Texas said it was meant to illustrate the danger gun-free zones pose by not allowing people to carry weapons in designated areas.
But opponents saw it as callous and disrespectful, and perpetuating the grief caused by mass shootings that have plagued the nation increasingly in recent years, such as the killing of 14 people in San Bernardino, Calif., this month.
Adding to the insult, opponents said, was insensitivity about UT’s history with mass shootings. Charles Whitman had killed 16 people and wounded more than 30 others in and around the UT Tower almost 50 years ago, not far from the very spot where the protests occurred Saturday.
The counterprotest had been hatched among a mix of alumni and students to disrupt the mock mass shooting by making flatulent noises and pointing sex toys at the gun rights demonstrators — combat through humor, organizers said.
But by 2:30 p.m., when the mock shooting was scheduled to occur and the two groups were supposed to converge, the gun rights crowd was mostly gone, the counterprotesters were confused, and the controversial event was over….
The counterprotesters… said their event had been a success and had driven away the participants in the mock shooting, who were vastly outnumbered. Dozens of people carrying flatulent-noise machines and sex toys showed up for the counterprotest, and no more than 15 attended the mock mass shooting…
Brave Sir Roy Rogers ran away / He boldly, bravely ran away…