Come And Take It Texas and DontComply.com on Saturday plan to “take to the streets armed with rifles and pistols on display,” followed by a mock mass shooting just feet away from the UT campus, organizers announced on Wednesday.
“We reference gun-free zones as victim zones or target-rich environments,” Murdoch Pizgatti, president of both Come and Take It Texas and the gun rights news site DontComply.com, told BuzzFeed News. “It’s fish in a barrel for someone who wants to do harm.”
The groups plan to meet at noon on the west side of UT Austin’s campus and march down Guadalupe Street openly carrying pistols, rifles, and other legal guns. They’ll then hold a mock mass shooting and hostage crisis to demonstrate the “repercussions of an unarmed area,” Pizgatti said.
Crisis actors will play the roles of the general population and hostages, as well “criminals or bad guys who don’t follow the law and concealed license owners who are armed” with fake guns, Pizgatti added.
The “visual performance art,” as Pizgatti describes it, will also include audio of gunshots and other “sounds of a mass shooting,” he said.