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Students In Texas Will Bring Dildos To Class As A Powerful Form Of Protest

Once the state's new 'campus carry' law goes into affect, guns will be allowed in classrooms. But dildos won't.

Texas recently passed a law allowing concealed weapons to be carried on university campuses. In response, students at the University of Texas-Austin who are opposed to concealed weapons in their classrooms started the #CocksNotGlocks campaign urging people to bring big, bright, shiny dildos -- which remain banned on campus -- to class on the first day of next year's fall semester (Aug. 24, 2016) to protest the new law.

"The State of Texas has decided that it is not at all obnoxious to allow deadly concealed weapons in classrooms, however it DOES have strict rules about free sexual expression, to protect your innocence," the Campus (DILDO) Carry Facebook page states.

"You would receive a citation for taking a DILDO to class before you would get in trouble for taking a gun to class," the post continues. "Heaven forbid the penis."

The group's founder, Jessica Jin, also wrote on the group's Facebook page, ""You're carrying a gun to class? Yeah well I'm carrying a HUGE DILDO. Just about as effective at protecting us from sociopathic shooters, but much safer for recreational play."

The event was inspired by a shooting that killed one student and injured another at Texas Southern University last week. A professor emeritus at the University of Texas also announced last week that he'd be leaving the school for the fall semester "out of self-protection."

Students and non-students alike have been invited to participate in the dildo protest. At press time, the Facebook event had over 20,000 invitees and over 4,000 confirmed participants. Jin notes on the Facebook page that "quality dildos, especially super large ones, can be a little pricey. If we can gather enough willing participants, I will personally take it upon myself to put in the time and legwork to find a dildo supplier sponsorship."

A recent report from Raw Story pointed out that "Now Jin and other supporters of the protest are getting spewed with abuse," and threatened with violence, which really makes us wonder...what's so threatening about dildos?

Update Oct. 13, 2015:

Campus Dildo Carry founder Jessica Jin told MTV News via email that she originally envisioned a "peaceful silent protest."

"Now that's the event has reached 8,000+ people," she said, "I'm going to need to spend some time carefully figuring out about how to make the most lasting impact with the support we have."

"I got thrust into the spotlight very abruptly," Jin continued, "and I wasn't prepared. But so many incredible people have reached out to catch me, and are giving me guidance on how to not bungle this opportunity to add some serious and important dialogue to a national conversation. Professors from all areas of study and schools all over are spotlighting Campus Dildo Carry in classroom discussions this week."

"A girl whose mother survived the Sandy Hook shooting, who also found herself to be an 'accidental activist' of sorts, tracked me down and has been offering an incredible amount of support and encouragement," Jin said.

Jin also noted that there's been a delightfully surprising outpouring of support from dildo suppliers. "I've already been accused of plotting this whole thing in conjunction with the sex industry," she said, "and while that would have been brilliant, I can't say I ever would have thought of that."

"They're offering to ship entire pallets of dildos over to Austin," Jin told MTV News. "Hopefully we'll be able to partner with a local sex shop who can store them, or my apartment's going to start looking really festive."

Despite the obvious humor in the situation, Jin emphasized her dedication to keeping the message of campus carry opposition "at the forefront of the event."

"The ideological divide over concealed carry is tearing UT apart at the seams," Jin said. "One side winning means another side completely losing, and that's unhealthy no matter which way the dildo swings."

"Campus Dildo Carry has brought a lot more people into the conversation now," she continued, "and that means thousands of opportunities to have balanced and productive discussions on how to compromise on our differences. Everyone is looking at the same problem through different colored glasses: we all just want to feel safe."