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Anita Sarkeesian cancels appearance at Utah State University following death threats

The #GamerGate discussion has hit a new low this week as feminist icon and speaker Anita Sarkeesian has been forced to cancel a scheduled appearance at Utah State University following death threats and promises of a mass-shooting. Sarkeesian called-off her appearance after the University could not implement stronger safety controls over the crowd. The school is unable to restrict anyone that has a permit to carry a firearm because of a 2004 law that was passed in that state.

“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,” according to a USU statement.

Sarkeesian is the creator of “Tropes vs. Women,” a simple video-series that discusses how women are portrayed in video-games. Since her series has risen in popularity, Sarkeesian has received death-threats, rape threats and hacking attempts just for her views on video-games. The latest threat came via email to the school, where the sender promised, “the deadliest school shooting in American history,” just for letting her speak.