Gun rights advocates carry rifles while protesting outside the Texas capitol in Austin.

Gun control and gun rights groups square off in Texas

Gun control activists in Austin Texas protest to disrupt “mock mass shooting” by pro-gun ownership group.

AUSTIN, TEXAS, UNITED STATES (DECEMBER 12, 2015)(NBC) – Broadcasters: NO ACCESS USA AND CNN Digital: FOR BROADCAST CLIENT USE ONLY/NO ACCESS INTERNET, MOBILE, WIRELESS)

1. ANTI-GUN PROTESTERS ARRIVING ON CAMPUS

2. DEMONSTRATORS HOLDING SIGNS, ONE OF WHICH SAYS: “TIS THE SEASON 4 COMMON SENSE AND REASON!!!”

3. CLOSE ON SIGNS HELD BY PROTESTERS THAT READ: “HATE IS EASY, LOVE TAKES COURAGE!” & “EDUCATION NOT SUBJUGATION”

4. CHALK OUTLINE OF BODY DRAWN BY PRO-GUN ADVOCATES WITH WORDS ‘DON’T COMPLY’, THE NAME OF ONE OF THE PRO-GUN GROUPS, WRITTEN IN IT

5. (SOUNDBITE)(English) ANTI-GUN ACTIVIST, WHO DID NOT GIVE HIS NAME, SAYING:

“We are in a scary time right now and lots of scary things are happening. And some people want us to be more afraid. And some people want us to surround ourselves with the tools of violent threat, to scare others. I choose to believe that fear is not the solution to the threat of our times.”

6. CHALK OUTLINE OF BODY DRAWN BY PRO-GUN ADVOCATES

7. PROTESTERS HOLDING SIGNS THAT READ: ‘WILL TRADE GUN NUTS FOR REFUGEES’ AND ‘EDUCATION NOT SUBJUGATION’

8. (SOUNDBITE)(English) ANTI-GUN ACTIVIST, WHO DID NOT GIVE HIS NAME, SAYING:

“We’re going to march that way, we’re going to go find them and we’re going to fart in their faces.”

9. (SOUNDBITE)(English) PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER OF PRO GUN GROUP ‘COME AND TAKE IT, TEXAS’ AND PRESIDENT OF PRO-GUN GROUP DON’T COMPLY.COM, MURDOCH PIZGATTI, SAYING:

“The point of this entire event was to get the conversation going. That task was completed at this point. We wanted to have people know that gun free zones are dangerous, that 98% of mass shootings happen in these gun free zones.”

10. (SOUNDBITE)(English) PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER OF PRO GUN GROUP ‘COME AND TAKE IT, TEXAS’ AND PRESIDENT OF PRO-GUN GROUP DON’T COMPLY.COM, MURDOCH PIZGATTI, SAYING:

“We went through the scenario of what happens in a gun free zone when people are unarmed and people intent on doing harm show up. Which is going to be to leisurely take their time and execute, in this particular scenario, college students. And the response time, the average response time for police is ten to twelve minutes. We went on for seven minute leisure stretch where they pretended to shoot one person at a time and still no response from police.”

11. CHALK OUTLINE OF BODY DRAWN BY PRO-GUN ADVOCATES

12. WOMAN MOPPING AWAY CHALK OUTLINES

13. PROTESTERS CHEERING

STORY: Gun control activists in Austin Texas staged a protest on Saturday (December 12) to disrupt a “mock mass shooting” planned by anti-gun control groups to demonstrate the dangers of “gun free zones”.

Pro-gun advocates had planned to use cardboard cut-out rifles, the simulated bangs of bullets on bullhorns and to douse fake victims with fake blood outside of the University of Texas in theater they say will show the need for firearms on campus.

But after a group of anti-gun activists demonstrated at the planned site of the simulation on campus, the group staged the mock mass shooting away from the media several blocks away.

Ahead of the event, about 20 pro-gun members walked near the university, some with military-style weapons over their shoulders.

The group was far outnumbered by media, police and students in the middle of final exams, many wondering what the small group of flag-waving, gun-toting people was doing.

Before they relocated, the pro-gun ‘Come and Take it Texas’ and ‘Don’t Comply’ activists drew chalk outlines of imaginary victims on the ground.

One of the leaders of the anti-gun protest said that it was wrong to give in to fear in the wake of a spike in gun violence.

“We are in a scary time right now and lots of scary things are happening. And some people want us to be more afraid. And some people want us to surround ourselves with the tools of violent threat, to scare others. I choose to believe that fear is not the solution to the threat of our times,” he said.

The demonstrations come just a few weeks after 14 people were killed in a mass shooting in San Bernardino California.

Murdoch Pizgatti, a leader of both of the pro-gun groups, said that the purpose of the mock shooting was to show that it is safer for students to be armed.

“The point of this entire event was to get the conversation going. That task was completed at this point. We wanted to have people know that gun free zones are dangerous, that 98% of mass shootings happen in these gun free zones.”

The police response time to their mock shooting ws dangerously slow, said Pizgatti.

“We went through the scenario of what happens in a gun free zone when people are unarmed and people intent on doing harm show up. Which is going to be to leisurely take their time and execute, in this particular scenario, college students. And the response time, the average response time for police is ten to twelve minutes. We went on for seven minute leisure stretch where they pretended to shoot one person at a time and still no response from police,” he said.

The mock mass shooting comes just days after a university panel grudgingly acknowledged that it will have to allow guns in the classrooms under a new law that goes into effect next year, dubbed “campus carry.”

Public universities will be required to allow campus carry as of Aug. 1, the 50th anniversary of one of the deadliest U.S. gun incidents on a campus.

On that day, Charles Whitman killed 16 people and wounded 31 after firing from a perch atop the University of Texas at Austin campus’ clock tower.

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