Feminist writer and video game critic Anita Sarkeesian canceled her Wednesday speech at Utah State University (USU) after the school said it is not legally permitted to block people from carrying concealed weapons into the venue despite a disturbing death threat.
Anita Sarkeesian, a feminist cultural critic who has become a target of harassment by gamers, planned to speak at the school despite email threats of a “Montreal Massacre style attack” until campus police told her that state law allowed anyone with a concealed firearm permit to bring their weapon to the event.
The director of Utah State University’s Center for Women and Gender, along with several other people, received an email promising a mass shooting if they didn’t cancel the speaking engagement. The letter, which claims to be written by a Utah State student, states that “feminists have ruined my life and I will have my revenge”. The writer claims to have “a semi-automatic rifle, multiple pistols, and a collection of pipe bombs” and plans to carry out a “Montreal Massacre-style attack”.
In light of the threat, Sarkeesian requested firearm searches at the venue but was ultimately turned down because of Utah’s relaxed open-carry laws.
“In accordance with the State of Utah law regarding the carrying of firearms, if a person has a valid concealed firearm permit and is carrying a weapon, they are permitted to have it at the venue,” the university said in a statement.
Thinking that angry gamers plus concealed weapons equaled a recipe for disaster, Sarkeesian decided to opt out.
Meanwhile, the angry little gamer is probably in his room working on his excuse for when his mom catches him trolling around the internet. “You don’t understand, mom! She said stuff about my video games.”