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Sun Sep 18, 2016, 09:41 AM

 

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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stone space Sep 2016 OP
Duckhunter935 Sep 2016 #1
JonathanRackham Sep 2016 #2
Duckhunter935 Sep 2016 #3
bettyellen Sep 2016 #4
Duckhunter935 Sep 2016 #5
JonathanRackham Sep 2016 #6
stone space Sep 2016 #9
Duckhunter935 Sep 2016 #10
sarisataka Sep 2016 #14
Duckhunter935 Sep 2016 #15
stone space Sep 2016 #7
Duckhunter935 Sep 2016 #11
stone space Sep 2016 #12
Duckhunter935 Sep 2016 #13
Duckhunter935 Sep 2016 #8

Response to stone space (Original post)

Sun Sep 18, 2016, 09:43 AM

1. Please respect DU rules about copyrights

 

Edit down to 4 paragraphs

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Response to stone space (Original post)

Sun Sep 18, 2016, 09:52 AM

2. Dildo exposure in my office is considered sexual harassment.

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Response to JonathanRackham (Reply #2)

Sun Sep 18, 2016, 10:00 AM

3. It would be in mine too

 

Concealed carry is best if you CHOOSE to do so.

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Response to JonathanRackham (Reply #2)

Sun Sep 18, 2016, 10:01 AM

4. Luckily that is not your office then, eh?

 

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Response to bettyellen (Reply #4)

Sun Sep 18, 2016, 10:09 AM

5. Yep, I guess it is ok in other places

 

But she would win on 1st amendment grounds in the public square. Classroom, maybe not. It is interesting she is promoting open carry.

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Response to bettyellen (Reply #4)

Sun Sep 18, 2016, 10:09 AM

6. What's the point of laws and rules if not applied equally?

This is how rich people get away with things?

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Response to JonathanRackham (Reply #6)

Sun Sep 18, 2016, 10:22 AM

9. This whole "sexual harrassment" charge against Ana Lopez is an MRA fantasy.

 

It's a Trump move designed to excuse domestic terrorism against her.



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Response to stone space (Reply #9)

Sun Sep 18, 2016, 10:46 AM

10. Please respect DU rules about copyrights

 

Edit your several OPs on this down to the required 4 paragraphs. This could be viewed a TOS violation. Have a great day

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Response to Duckhunter935 (Reply #10)

Sun Sep 18, 2016, 12:05 PM

14. And this post

That references DU's TOS is the one that gets alerted on...

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Response to sarisataka (Reply #14)

Sun Sep 18, 2016, 12:22 PM

15. Lol

 

That is just nuts

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Response to JonathanRackham (Reply #2)

Sun Sep 18, 2016, 10:14 AM

7. Do Latinas have a right to protest without having snuff films made about them?

 

We are talking about an incident of domestic terrorism here.

I'll bet your office frowns on making threatening snuff films about coworkers as well.





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Response to stone space (Reply #7)

Sun Sep 18, 2016, 10:50 AM

11. She has a right to protest

 

Just as another person has a right to make disgusting films unless it is proven in court to be considered threatening. I do not agree with his way of making his point. I do see she is for open carry.

Please respect DU rules about copyrights and edit your many OPs on this to the required 4 paragraphs. The rule say it might be viewed as a TOS violation. Have a great day.

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Response to Duckhunter935 (Reply #11)

Sun Sep 18, 2016, 10:52 AM

12. Domestic Terrorism is not a right.

 

Just as another person has a right to make disgusting films unless it is proven in court to be considered threatening


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Response to stone space (Reply #12)

Sun Sep 18, 2016, 11:03 AM

13. Then she should seek charges

 

If she has a case, he will face the judge. You are not the judge and jury. We have a legal system in this country.

Why do you disrespect the administrators of DU and the DU rules? Please edit your several OPs on this to 4 paragraphs per the rules here. It could be viewed as a TOS violation. Why do you refuse to answer me on this, scared? Or is it that you are indeed wrong and know it and just want to violate the DU rules and disrespect the administrators and owners of the site.

Have a wonderful day

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Sun Sep 18, 2016, 10:15 AM

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