Apparently the run up to 2017 is going to be no exception.
During 2016, Texas passed a law allowing concealed carry on college campuses. Open carry is also legal throughout the state. To protest, anti-gun groups on the University of Texas, Austin campus created a movement called #CocksNotGlocks after discovering that it was illegal to brandish a dildo in public. Their goal was to carry something ridiculous to mock the idea of carrying a gun on their campus. So on August 24, 2016 students protesting the law strapped sex toys to their backpacks and making their feelings about the law known.
Of course their was much mocking of this particular initiative for no other reason than the idea that a dildo could save your life. What were you going to do. Beat an assailant with it? Yes, there's a bawdy joke in there, but I digress. Fast forward to December 15th and a little shop called Lotions & Lace. According to ABC7 in Los Angeles:
"Two feisty employees of a San Bernardino sex shop fought off an armed robber, yelling at him and throwing sex toys to chase him out of the store with no money.
The attempted robbery, caught on surveillance video, happened Wednesday around 9:45 p.m. just before closing at Lotions & Lace.
A man walked in with his face covered pointing what appeared to be a gun.
Store employee "Amy" said she wasn't scared. She was convinced the gun was a fake and she was having none of it.
"With the gun, he walked in. I just thought he was trying to be funny, to scare us," she said. "But then I saw the gun and it was like, really? I don't have time for this."
She started yelling at him, and at one point he grabbed her. That's when a coworker at the store started throwing sex toys at him. Eventually he fled the store empty-handed."
Yes, you read that correctly. Two employees of a sex toy shop successfully defended themselves with, sex toys. Laugh if you must. I did. But the message here is clear. We have choices in how to secure our personal safety. I choose to carry concealed or open carry as my state allows. I never intend to get close enough to an assailant to beat them with a dildo , nor do I believe flinging them across the room is an effective strategy to defend oneself. Isn't choice grand?
However, the young ladies at University of Texas Austin should also feel vindicated in their choice for self defense. And by all means. Hey, it worked once, right? Take your victory lap ladies and strap those puppies (plural) on. Clearly you will need more than one to mount an effective assault on a would be assailant. It just might save your life.