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Sat Sep 17, 2016, 07:54 PM

 

Ana Lopez: "I'm Being Trolled By Gun Rights Activists — But I Won't Back Down"

I'm Being Trolled By Gun Rights Activists — But I Won't Back Down

In August, Ana Lopez and her fellow students at the University of Texas, Austin, organized a protest against the state’s recently enacted campus carry law, which allows students who are 21 and have a concealed handgun license to bring guns to public colleges and universities. This week, Lopez said she learned that she was the target of online threats for her work with the Cocks Not Glocks movement. She shared her story exclusively with Refinery29, and the views expressed here are her own.



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Two weeks ago, a man named Brett Sanders posted to YouTube a graphic “short film” depicting the murder of a woman involved in the Cocks Not Glocks protest of Texas’ new campus carry law. The deplorable video had one message, in my view: She’s putting herself out there as a target. Go get her.

The “she” in the video, many people believe, was based on me.

As leaders of a major anti-gun protest that made international headlines, my co-organizers and I are used to the attacks. We are used to the baseless threats of rape and murder. We have been told that we should get lined up and shot. We have been called “sluts” and “whores” ad nauseam. Even our families have been targeted.

We’ve learned to take these comments with a grain of salt.

After all, some people will just never get it. To this day, it still appalls me that the Cocks Not Glocks movement’s use of inert, harmless sex toys as protest props elicits a stronger, more violent reaction than the prospect of a drinking-age college student legally carrying a loaded handgun in their JanSport.

But what really sets this snuff film apart from the hate mail we’re so desensitized to is the ill-conceived shock factor of it all.

I felt a burning in the pit of my stomach when I first saw the video. I saw images of my friends, of our allied gun violence prevention organizations, and of our protest itself.

Due to the low quality of the video, I skipped toward the end, not thinking much about it. But then I came upon a scene in which a female Cocks Not Glocks protester who looks like me — and gets a call during the film from one of my real-life friends and fellow activists — gets shot in the head by an intruder. Sanders has since said that he had “never heard” of me before, and that the idea that he intentionally cast my doppelgänger in his film is “absurd.” But it didn’t feel that way to me.

I felt nauseous. The hair stood up on the back of my neck, and I felt an immense weight bear down on me. I felt horrified, disgusted, and, most of all, livid.

I quickly read through the comments, expecting to see an outpouring of disapproval, but my eyes locked on one of the top-rated comments: “Ha Ha. He should have raped her first.”

I could barely breathe.

The first thing I did was call my mom. The second thing I did was call campus police. I spent the rest of the day feeling numb and hyperaware of my surroundings. After all, I still had to worry about the presence of legal, loaded handguns in my classroom at the University of Texas, Austin, amidst all of this.

The aftermath felt infinitesimally worse, however. I worried that this video would encourage more attacks. I worried for the safety of my peers, and of my family.

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http://www.refinery29.com/2016/09/123294/cocks-not-glocks-gun-activist-violent-youtube-video



****TRIGGER WARNING***



Texas gun-rights activist slammed for graphic film portraying shooting of a student protester

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/09/13/texas-gun-activist-under-fire-for-graphic-video-portraying-the-death-of-a-student-protester/


(A scene from “Never Met Her,” a short film about an anti-gun protester’s shooting death. (YouTube/Brett Sanders) )

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Reply Ana Lopez: "I'm Being Trolled By Gun Rights Activists — But I Won't Back Down" (Original post)
stone space Sep 2016 OP
flamin lib Sep 2016 #1
WhiteTara Sep 2016 #2
Skittles Sep 2016 #3
Kingofalldems Sep 2016 #4
LeftyMom Sep 2016 #5
Iggo Sep 2016 #11
Duckhunter935 Sep 2016 #6
jpak Sep 2016 #8
Duckhunter935 Sep 2016 #9
jpak Sep 2016 #7
Duckhunter935 Sep 2016 #10
hunter Sep 2016 #12
Duckhunter935 Sep 2016 #13
kcr Sep 2016 #14
Duckhunter935 Sep 2016 #15
kcr Sep 2016 #16
Duckhunter935 Sep 2016 #18
kcr Sep 2016 #22
Duckhunter935 Sep 2016 #24
hunter Sep 2016 #17
Duckhunter935 Sep 2016 #20
sarisataka Sep 2016 #23
Duckhunter935 Sep 2016 #25
etherealtruth Sep 2016 #19
jmg257 Sep 2016 #21
Duckhunter935 Sep 2016 #26
jmg257 Sep 2016 #27

Response to stone space (Original post)

Sat Sep 17, 2016, 08:22 PM

1. There are gun nuts and there are gun idiots and there are gun felatitors.

And a whole lot of rational gun owners.

Too bad the former out shout the rest of america.

Some of them reside here at DU but only the really loud mouths.

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Response to stone space (Original post)

Sat Sep 17, 2016, 08:23 PM

2. I'm horrified.

I have no words for the fear and disgust I feel after reading this article.

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Response to stone space (Original post)

Sat Sep 17, 2016, 08:36 PM

3. call them what they are

GUN HUMPING COWARDS

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Response to stone space (Original post)

Sat Sep 17, 2016, 08:39 PM

4. Look out! Here they come.

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Response to stone space (Original post)

Sat Sep 17, 2016, 08:40 PM

5. Wait, you mean to tell me there's a huge overlap between gun weirdos and anti-woman weirdos?

I'M FUCKING SHOCKED.

Next thing you're going to tell me most of them are racists too.

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Response to LeftyMom (Reply #5)

Sun Sep 18, 2016, 12:17 PM

11. WHAT a coINcidence!!!!

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Response to stone space (Original post)

Sun Sep 18, 2016, 08:44 AM

6. Please respect DU rules and copyrights

 

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Response to Duckhunter935 (Reply #6)

Sun Sep 18, 2016, 09:02 AM

8. Does this make gunhumpers look bad?

Why yes it does...

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Response to jpak (Reply #8)

Sun Sep 18, 2016, 09:04 AM

9. Do you agree with DU rules?

 

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Response to stone space (Original post)

Sun Sep 18, 2016, 09:00 AM

7. For those that didn't watch it - the intruder was AA wearing a red hammer & sickle t-shirt

All-in bigotry all the way.

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Response to stone space (Original post)

Sun Sep 18, 2016, 10:17 AM

10. Please respect DU rules and TOS

 

Do not copy-and-paste entire articles onto this discussion forum. When referencing copyrighted work, post a short excerpt with a link back to the original.

To simplify compliance and enforcement of copyrights here on Democratic Underground, we ask that excerpts from other sources posted on Democratic Underground be limited to a maximum of four paragraphs, and we ask that the source of the content be clearly identified. Those who make a good-faith effort to respect the rights of copyright holders are unlikely to have any problems. But individuals who willfully and habitually infringe on others' copyrights risk being in violation of our Terms of Service.

Democratic Underground believes we have an ethical responsibility to respect the rights of copyright holders. For this reason, we strongly encourage our members to refrain from violating copyrights when posting here, and we make a good-faith effort to deal with copyright violations posted on our site when we are aware of them. However, please be aware that as a matter of law, individuals who infringe on copyrights in their postings on this site or elsewhere can be held individually responsible for copyright violations they post. Democratic Underground does not necessarily have a legal responsibility for the things members post on this website.


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Response to Duckhunter935 (Reply #10)

Sun Sep 18, 2016, 02:35 PM

12. Maybe you'd better send an email to Ana Lopez...

... be sure to tell her about your gun love.


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Response to hunter (Reply #12)

Sun Sep 18, 2016, 02:42 PM

13. If you have read my other responses

 

I have pointed out it was disgusting and way over the top. She should take him to court and I think she might have a case.

Copyrights have fair use rules and the OP flagrantly violated them and could cause legal issues for DU and the owners. Now you might not care about that but I do. The rules are there for a reason.

By the way, I do not love guns, they are an object that performs a function as directed by the user.

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Response to Duckhunter935 (Reply #13)

Sun Sep 18, 2016, 02:52 PM

14. No wonder you have over 16 thousand posts n/t

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Response to kcr (Reply #14)

Sun Sep 18, 2016, 02:53 PM

15. Been a member here for many years

 

Getting close to a decade

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Response to Duckhunter935 (Reply #15)

Sun Sep 18, 2016, 02:55 PM

16. I've been here since 2001 n/t

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Response to kcr (Reply #16)

Sun Sep 18, 2016, 03:01 PM

18. I see that, congratulations

 

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Response to Duckhunter935 (Reply #18)

Sun Sep 18, 2016, 03:12 PM

22. Why, thank you

So, over 16 grand posts. Has that made a dent in the copyright violation epidemic DU is facing, would you say? Man, I hope so, because that has to be a LOT of time spent. Whoo boy. I'm sure I'm not the only one impressed by this performance, either. You should be proud!

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Response to kcr (Reply #22)

Sun Sep 18, 2016, 03:23 PM

24. Thanks for the insulting post

 

I have not posted 16k posts on copyright violation but as a long term paying member, I do feel rules are there for a reason. I try and abide by them. The interesting thing is I was being very polite and being ignored. If that poster acknowledged the fact, most of those posts would not have happened.

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Response to Duckhunter935 (Reply #13)

Sun Sep 18, 2016, 02:59 PM

17. Guns are tools that make some people feel more powerful.

Much like fast cars and generally less expensive, but no less dangerous in the hands of fools.

I'm certain the original post has been alerted on multiple times as inappropriate for GD and for copyright violation. Let's see what happens.


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Response to hunter (Reply #17)

Sun Sep 18, 2016, 03:03 PM

20. Nothing will happen

 

The rules tend not to matter for certain subjects or posters.

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Response to hunter (Reply #17)

Sun Sep 18, 2016, 03:17 PM

23. On certain subjects

People seem to get away with copyright violations, flaming, group attacks, bigotry, threats, using RW sources, supporting Republicans and more.

I cannot explain why juries give such posts a pass but I have learned that alerts are futile on those subjects.

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Response to sarisataka (Reply #23)

Sun Sep 18, 2016, 03:23 PM

25. Very true

 

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Response to stone space (Original post)

Sun Sep 18, 2016, 03:03 PM

19. As a progressive I hold many (all?) progressive points of view and express them online ....

... on different sites/ forums


These expressions (various places online) have elicited some very strong responses in opposition to reproductive rights (abortion), women's rights, civil rights (be it associated with race, sexual orientation, religion, ethnic origin etc) ... admittedly some responses have been hate filled rants ...... but ..... the only posts/ comments (of mine) that have drawn vile threats/ threats of violence have been those associated with my strong stance in support of gun control.

The one and only truly vile PM I have ever received on DU was from a "gun proponent" (this happened years ago, I alerted and they were tombstoned within hours). The DU admins are pretty great and this was an isolated incident within the protected environment of DU.

There is something very different about this particular breed of "gun enthusiast" .... their immediate go-to position is one of threats and violence. These types of responses hardened my stance on guns .... these are the very people (those that have a hair trigger response for threats and violence when anyone disagrees with them).

I can only imagine what this poor woman has gone through after receiving national attention protesting a law that neither educators nor students wanted.

Thank you for posting this .... this highlights the harassment of women (especially but not exclusively) that have opinions in opposition to these psychos

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Response to stone space (Original post)

Sun Sep 18, 2016, 03:04 PM

21. Good for her...standing by her guns (or cocks in this case)

Against such ridiculous hatred and vile threats all due to a difference of opinion.

"It’s really scary… the current political climate, it’s hard to do anything,” {Lopez} said, a pale, veiny dildo hanging from her black Urban Outfitters backpack. “So, at least we’re going out on a limb with something.”

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Response to jmg257 (Reply #21)

Sun Sep 18, 2016, 03:25 PM

26. I am glad she is for open carry

 

I prefer concealed carry as it does not tend to advertise and upset people.

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Response to Duckhunter935 (Reply #26)

Sun Sep 18, 2016, 03:46 PM

27. Of course. The cock on her back pack is much more obtrusive

Than the Glock under someone's shirt.

Makes more of a splash I imagine then wondering exactly who is carrying.

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