Anita Sarkeesian was scheduled to speak at Utah State University because she dared to bring up the subject of how women are portrayed in popular media. She cancelled her visit because of threats of violence against her--shooting to be exact.
There's tolerance for you.
Citing gun laws, feminist speaker cancels Utah State visit following threat of campus shooting
|Anita Sarkeesian, a feminist known for her critical look at how women are portrayed in popular media.|
A prominent feminist scheduled to speak at Utah State University on Wednesday canceled her presentation, citing Utah gun laws, after an email threatening a campus shooting was sent to the school.
The message, sent to about a dozen school offices late Monday night, threatened "the deadliest school shooting in American history" if Anita Sarkeesian, a feminist known for her critical look at how women are portrayed in popular media, is allowed to speak at the school.
The email, provided to the Deseret News by USU, purports to have been written by a student with access to a semiautomatic rifle, several pistols and pipe bombs. "I'm giving you a chance to stop it," the message reads, demanding that Sarkeesian's presentation be canceled. Sarkeesian was invited by USU's Center for Women and Gender to speak Wednesday as part of the school's weekly Common Hour presentation series.
The speech had been scheduled to take place as planned until Sarkeesian contacted the school and canceled Tuesday night. Sarkeesian asked school officials whether firearms would be allowed in the auditorium where she was scheduled to speak. USU officials replied that, in accordance with Utah law, anyone with a valid concealed carry permit would be able to enter with a gun, according to a statement released by the university.
From "A Shred of Truth:"
"In 2006...Utah became the first state to allow campus carry. Under the law, students may request not to share a dormitory room with someone carrying a firearm, but pretty much anywhere else on campus is fair game. There is a stipulation that some “secure areas” can bar guns, but the room where Sarkeesian’s event should have taken place apparently did not qualify.
Not only does Utah have no waiting period at all to buy a gun, the state has broken records with the number of concealed carry permits it issues. At the end of last year, the number of permits issued by the state hit half a million.
Sixty-two percent of those permits, however, went to people who did not live in Utah. After the news broke that Sarkeesian would be canceling her event due to threats, another feminist activist, Shelby Knox, tweeted that the story sounded familiar to her. “I’m a feminist speaker & had a gun pulled on me at an event,” she wrote, “in my home state of TX, a concealed carry state.”