Gun Rights

Activists Clash at SXSW Over Texas Open Carry Laws

Boobs, dildos, and guns-oh, my.

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Open carry protesters at SXSW 2016
Mac McCann

There was a lot of exposure on the first day of South by Southwest (SXSW) last week.

A pro–gun rights group, led by military vet and open carry activist C.J. Grisham, staged a walk from the Capitol building in Austin to the convention center at the heart of the city's big tech and music festival.

In response, a counterprotester turned out to show off something other than a firearm: her bare breasts. They would later be joined by someone from the Cocks Not Glocks movement—I swear I'm not making this up—armed with a bag of dildos.

One-time Reason contributor Mac McCann has the story for The Austin Chronicle:

Shortly after noon, a woman, who chose not to be identified for safety reasons, arrived on the scene wearing signs with slogans like "More Boobs, Fewer Guns" and "Boobs for Peace." … She said Austin is about peace and love and hippies, not guns. Chanting almost nonstop for the entirety of the event, the woman shouted things like "My tits are political," and "I'd rather have my 56-year-old boobs flopping around than have guns in my town."

As the event went on, tensions rose between Grisham and the topless woman. As he was trying to talk to the media, the woman chanted "more boobs, less guns," jiggled her breasts, mooned the open carry activists, and traded insults with Grisham. … In the background of the heated debate, schoolchildren on a field trip got a little more of an education than their school likely intended.

Shortly after the group reached their destination, #CocksNotGlocks founder Jessica Jin, wearing a dress and holding a Thomas Paine book, arrived on the scene armed with a bag of dildos to hand out. She also had a ginormous black dildo, "Cockzilla," hooked to her backpack, and got a picture with Grisham comparing her dildo to his gun. 

While their disagreements were clear, the debate between Jin and Grisham (which focused more on campus carry than open carry) was much more civil than the earlier interactions. [Gun rights activist Candy] Martin said she'd love to have a beer with Jin sometime, and Grisham later described on the Open Carry Texas Facebook page "the honor of meeting" Jin, whom he described as "a wonderful young lady … for a liberal."

Read the whole thing here.

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  1. She’s opposed to open carry of guns, but she’s showing off some bazookas there.

    1. Bazookas is not the correct word. Sack of potatoes in a tube sock would have been acceptable.

      1. Eh, I’m with Ron White on this one.

        “Do you want to see my tits?”

        “Yes. Yes I do.. … …. Ok, that’s enough. You can put ’em away now.”

        (Ok, much funnier when spoken by Ron White than when written by Cyto)

      2. Why is it that the one’s who want to let their hooters flop in the breeze are ALWAYS the one’s that really need to keep them covered up?

  2. why can’t we have topless women AND open carry people. sheesh

    1. why can’t we have topless women AND open carry people. sheesh

      ‘Zackly! The genius of the “and” rather than the tyranny of the “or,” I always say.

      1. Speaking of genius, how about a hot topless woman, with a holstered weapon on one hip, and a holstered dildo on the other? 3 for 1 is all I’m sayin’.
        Drops the mic and swaggers away

    2. Some chick made the news in New Hampshire doing just that.

  3. I can’t imagine how the conditions in that prison are constitutional.

  4. Aaaaaaaagh!

    That’s not very kind, Slade.

  5. Come on, you know you want to say it.

    1. Nope. Not even with Crusty’s.

  6. Er.

  7. “”More Boobs, Fewer Guns” and “Boobs for Peace.””

    This is right up there with UT students carrying around dildos to protest gun laws when it comes to bizarre left-wing non sequitors.

    1. ^This.

      These people honestly think they are saying something relevant or clever. They’re not. They’re just being idiots (the dildo-wavers) or putting on a free show.

    2. This is right up there with UT students carrying around dildos to protest gun laws when it comes to bizarre left-wing non sequitors.

      It’s like they really believe the TEAM bullshit. Everyone who likes guns must also be some kind of anti-dildo socon. Guns are totems of evil to them, so whatever they are into must be the same to the gun nuts.

      1. Is that what this is about? They think that if you carry a piece you’re against seeing a pair? Ok… I guess that makes the non-sequitur a little more… sequitur.

        1. That’s my take on the dildo protest anyway. I don’t know about the boobs lady. There is plenty of room in the world for more boobs and more guns.

        2. They think that if you carry a piece you’re against seeing a pair?

          I think they’ve never met men. Men like boobs. Pretty much all men. Men who like guns. Men who don’t like guns. Tall men, short men, men who climb on rocks….

          1. But not men who climb on cocks.

    3. Now that’s triggering – showing off all those dildos! Where’s my safe space!

    4. The puzzling part is that these protesters think that antics like this actually are effective in changing peoples’ mind.

  8. I had no idea I was attracted to Greg “The Hammer” Valentine.

  9. I’d rather have my 56-year-old boobs flopping around than have guns in my town.

    Which are the better deterrent of mashers?

  10. “Shortly after the group reached their destination, #CocksNotGlocks founder Jessica Jin, wearing a dress and holding a Thomas Paine book”

    “The supposed quietude of a good man allures the ruffian; while on the other hand arms, like laws, discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as property. The same balance would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside ? Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them.”
    -Thomas Paine

    She should probably read Thomas Paine before flaunting his books.

    1. You are depriving her of the right of selective-quotation!!

      “” The same balance would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike””

  11. Crusty would.

    John already did.

  12. Booking my flight for next years’ festival, so that I can claim that waving around Lil’ Crust and The Jugglers has political relevance.

    1. I saw them at Crustapalooza ’08. They wailed.

  13. For a second there, I thought that was Hillary in Austin.

  14. What’s weird is that SHE can’t seem to look the guy in the eye

  15. http://www.gunsanddopeparty.net/

    No reason the sex-perverts, the gun nuts and the dope fiends can’t get along.

    1. That’s GENIUS!

  16. I was scanning for a The Onion byline to prove the thing was a put on. But that is Austin, Texas, the town taken over by Merry Pranksters at the same time as San Francisco. Pity the anti-gun people don’t notice the narcs and tax collectors packing enough heat to wipe them all out ten times over.

    1. The narcs and tax collectors are on their side.

      1. Or so the antis believe. It may even be true, for the moment.

  17. My sister, who lives in a major East Coast city was visiting me when I lived in Austin and expressed horror at how many people (including me and Mrs. Candy) packed. I pointed out that the previous year, Austin had fewer street shootings than her city did the previous weekend, despite being more than double her city’s size. Huh, whattaya know.

    Fortunately, she kept her boobs to herself. I don’t want to look at that shit.

  18. Well, shit, I can’t unsee that. Please lady, keep those things holstered.

  19. These people are not protesting anything. They just want attention and are willing to do anything to get it because they’re not the type of people that anyone is typically attracted to.

  20. I mean I’m not going to knock a pair of titties. Err… I’m not not going to knock a pair of titties.

  21. Well, I have to say this is the first time H&R has ever rendered me speechless.

  22. I hadn’t realized Cotton Hill was based on a real guy.

  23. got a picture with Grisham comparing her dildo to his gun.

    See, Grisham is a good sport. Could you post the pic? I bet its hilarious.

    I think the point the the dildo wavers are trying to make is that guns are penis subsitutes for guys with tiny penises. Apparently, they don’t seem to realize that, whether or not gun owners are obsessed with penises, the anti-gunners certainly seem to be.

    1. They should just have a dick measuring contest and settle this once and for all.

  24. Can we call this “brandishing”?

  25. Why, oh why, can it never be a hot chick?

      1. These women have big, hairy balls….. metaphorically, not literally.

        Woman in the center painted Islamic crescents on her boobs and the words “Fuck Islamism” above and below. And a bunch of execs over at Comedy Central were crapping their pants over a cartoon of Mohamed in a salmon football helmet. (and those were the brave execs that allowed their talent to take on the issue at all.) If only everyone were as well endowed.

  26. In response, a counterprotester turned out to show off something other than a firearm: her bare breasts.

    Well, she sure showed them!

    -jcr

  27. “…#CocksNotGlocks founder Jessica Jin, wearing a dress and holding a Thomas Paine book, arrived on the scene armed with a bag of dildos to hand out…”

    Wait a minute. Aren’t dildos and cocks triggering for rape survivors?

  28. An idea that is lost on them

    They wouldn’t dare even be standing anywhere near this guy if they really thought he really and truly was a hair-trigger wacko.
    They know they are safe and thus they’ll engage in their childish antics right next to him.

  29. I fucking hate everyone in this story. SXSW can’t get accidentally nuked soon enough.

  30. 3 nuts arguing in public makes a Reason story?

  31. I personally think that everyone involved is deluded. Open carry laws exist for valid reasons, but there is a time and place for the open display of firearms. Congress Avenue is not one of them. The counter protesters are basing their protests on the stereotype that anyone who like guns must be a sexually repressed prude. I suspect that most of these people moved to Austin from somewhere else.
    My wife, who is a very good person, and an excellent shot, spent her summers as a teenager sunbathing topless at Barton Springs. because guns and nudity and Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Willie and Whole Foods and rattlesnake roundups are all things that go together nicely in Austin.

  32. Carrying guns causes young women to undress? I’m sure that will convince men not to open carry. /sarc

  33. I see massive boob inequality. Bernie to the rescue?

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