Lecture » Prospect of guns being allowed at event deter speaker, who is critical of video games and portrayal of women.
By ERin Alberty | The Salt Lake Tribune
Anita Sarkeesian has shown up for speaking engagements amidst terror threats before.
But after learning that Utah State University was legally forbidden from restricting firearms at a Wednesday lecture over which she received a death threat, the nationally-known feminist writer and video game critic canceled her appearance.
“Sarkeesian asked if weapons will be permitted at the speaking venue,” according to a statement released late Tuesday by USU. “Sarkeesian was informed that, 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.”
Sarkeesian confirmed, via Tweet: “Forced to cancel my talk at USU after receiving death threats because police wouldn’t take steps to prevent concealed firearms at the event.”
A 2004 law prohibits Utah’s universities from enacting policy that “in any way inhibits or restricts the possession or use of firearms.”
An email to Utah State University threatened “the deadliest school shooting in American history” if the school did not cancel a lecture Wednesday morning by a well-known feminist writer and video game critic.