Feminist Nixes Speaking Engagement To Protest Utah State University's Pro-Gun Policies

Feminist Nixes Speaking Engagement To Protest Utah State University's Pro-Gun Policies

On October 14 feminist speaker Anita Sarkeesian canceled a speaking engagement at Utah State University upon learning that state law forbids the university from banning concealed carry on campus. 

The AP reports that Sarkeesian had received an “anonymous threat” on her life which was “later determined not to be credible.” Between the threat and the determination that it was not viable, Sarkeesian learned that law-abiding concealed carry permit-holders were allowed to carry guns on campus so she canceled.

Utah state representative Curt Oda (R-Clearfield) said Sarkeesian was “overreacting,” in his opinion. He said he hopes police track down whoever made the false threat, “but as for [concealed carry] permit-holders, they’re not the problem.”

Sarkeesian responded that the threat against her was one “that used very specific statements about the types of guns — and it’s unacceptable.” She was on campus to speak against the way women are depicted “as damsels in distress or background decoration in many video games.” 

Police say the threat against Sarkeesian was not credible.

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