While pro-gun demonstrators staged an ill-advised and disturbing fake shooting to call for the need for guns on a campus full of people whose brains aren’t fully developed yet, on another side of the University of Texas at Austin campus, that protest was met with farts.

Farts, specifically, meant as a message—a counter-protest that was referred to by its organizers as a “mass farting.”

Organizer and UT alumnus Andrew Dobbs told the crowd:

“This isn’t about guns necessarily. This is about scaring our community. This is about a choice between fear and a little bit of good humor. We are in a scary time right now and lots of scary things are happening, and some people want us to be more afraid. I choose to believe that fear is not the solution to the threat of our time. That laughing in the face of fear is a courageous act and toting a gun around everywhere you go, maybe not so much.”

The farting protesters, complete with stereo fart noises, marched through the city, hoping to meet with the fake mass shooting demonstrators. But, as The Houston Chronicle pointed out, the “theatrical performance” was over by the time the farters arrived.

[Image via The Houston Chronicle]

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