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Peel back the sticky poultice we re-apply every day on our wounded nation and purge the pus of violence. Grief, disgust, anger, these are not our enemies when it comes to action. I feel blessed to be moved, alert by my discomfort, and resolved to eradicate that pain rather than avoid it. ISIS produces propaganda, Williams gave us reality TV.

And while Gawker, like any publication, is far from blameless, I salute them for boldness. I’d rather read an opinion piece included in the same feed as news stories than stomach the “objectivity” of any 24 hour news network.

Protests Planned After Fatal Police Shooting of Black Cleveland Teen

Two black cops shot and killed an unarmed black teen during an attempted burglary. Whether they were white or black on either side, I’d say the same thing: no hand-wringing necessary, fire the cops. Their job is to protect and serve. If the two of them were unable to protect themselves (and, by extension, us) from an unarmed teenager, enough that they felt threatened for their lives, I think that’s grounds for firing. Other folks lose their jobs for much less. Restore respect in the police force with strong, transparent administrative action and better recruits, drawn to the work by good cops, will fill the positions left behind.

Men Kill

Wives were more likely than husbands to be killed by their spouse. Wives were about half of all spouses in the population in 2002 but 81% of all persons killed by their spouse. Girlfriends were more likely than boyfriends to be victims of murder.

Girlfriends were about 50% of all boyfriend-girlfriend relationships but 71% of all victims who were a boyfriend
or girlfriend of the murderer.

Bureau of Justice report on Family Violence, 2002

Do not be misled by folks who rattle off statistics about how women initiate more domestic violence than men, or that men under-report domestic violence against themselves. True as that may be, these figures above are the end of the argument: more women die at the hands of a loved one, and more loved ones in these incidents are men.

Do not trust anybody who says that domestic violence is a “human” problem rather than a man problem. Everyone should practice non-violence and, a step further, reacting non-violently in the face of violence. As it is, men must be taught this vigorously and constantly, moreso than women. Men are the ones who kill, whether they trigger the conflict or not. Men kill.

progunmechanics:

fmchubs:

yeah, duh, the people who are paranoid enough to own guns are also paranoid enough to move far away from crime as they prioritize fear above most things in life

Queue in the millions of people who live in cities who can afford a $150 gun but can’t afford to move out…

Keep coming up with correlations and I’ll happily acknowledge one that’s actually got some causation involved

Do you know anything about statistics? The correlation is negative, but too low to prove anything.

i.e. apples to orange soda. It’s completely independent. New Orleans is violent and has a lot of legal guns, Chicago is just as violent and a lot less legal guns.

and don’t confuse a back-pat for a pistol whip or you might kill someone

Get help.

“QUEUE IN”

“LOT LESS LEGAL GUNS”

sorry man you gonna suggest I don’t know anything about statistics based on an abstract statement of mine, I’m down to suggest you don’t know a thing about writing and, in fact, may be illiterate, which really limits the possibility of this conversation

Also: I am getting help. Wish you could talk to my therapist about how copacetic a person she believes I am (whether or not she’s lying is besides the point, you’re the one who suggested help and I’m here to tell you it’s going so well) and how the reasons I’m speaking with her are utterly unrelated to how I’m functioning on tumblr outside of my current manic attention on this topic. Meanwhile, how’s it going over there in the morass of gun-worship? Learned anything lately? Seen any new pretty pictures?

You are frightened of yourself and people. Don’t get help because the idea of you gaining the tools to effectively convey your feelings might help you climb out of the hole that you seem happy to remain in, and I, as said before, cannot think of a better (peaceful!) torture.

tehgore:

As long as there are people, there will be those who want to use violence against others. As long as there are governments and nations, there will be war, and genocide. Violence and murder are, unfortunately, part of human nature. Keeping weapons, and a fair rule of law helps keep those kinds of people in check.

look at this sad frightened child

“we’re animals, might as well engage in some mutually-assured destruction” *fires every gun into the air, a rain of bullets drowns us and there is no Noah*

YOU TALK ABOUT FREEDOM AND YET YOU ARE A SLAVE TO VIOLENCE

elpatron56:

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Hm, can it be? No matter who plots the data the correlation always seems low, whether it is for homicides in general or gun homicides.

Shall we reduce the number of nations? Leave only the so called “developed” ones?

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Almost the same correlation.

oh damn oh damn I feel the epiphany, i feel it all, yall. see the problem was i never gave the time of day to these arguments but I finally looked at these stats that in the back of my head I knew meant nothing but didn’t want to dig into and figure out why they meant nothing. all my talk about acknowledging one’s fear and abstract thought would really come in handy for these fuckers

I took a moment to explore why something so counter to what I know is true would seem to be factual, and after a bit of thinking and not rushing to counter an argument, I arrived: yeah, duh, the people who are paranoid enough to own guns are also paranoid enough to move far away from crime as they prioritize fear above most things in life. Montana has a small population of conservatives who likely own lots of guns. And no scared craven child is gonna own just one gun, nah, they need an arsenal to polish waiting for the coyotes to attack the sheep or the Bradleys to storm the compound, dying of old age before getting the chance to wing an intruder because they’re in the middle of fucking nowhere and nobody cares about them. Meanwhile a place like NYC has tons more people, less guns thanks to gun control, a dense, stressed-out population, a full socio-economic spectrum breeding envy, materialistic/commercial culture on a grand scale, and acts as a hub for organized crime based on location. Naturally: places with more guns have less violent crime because there would be less crime otherwise.

Keep coming up with correlations and I’ll happily acknowledge one that’s actually got some causation involved. But actually I don’t think there is one so it’s probably best to just lay down your arms and try not being spooked for once since you can’t prove anything and guns are a net loss for people where peace is a net gain. NICE

It’s so cool because I hadn’t even thought of this shit before. Just by removing myself from the debate, I’m able to work on what actually matters, which is developing my own line of thought.

what u up to elpatron56? copying-and-pasting these graphs everywhere and enjoying the congratulatory slaps on the back? Don’t answer that or any of this cause it’s gonna fall on deaf, unenlightened, falsely-transcendent ears (mine). oh and don’t confuse a back-pat for a pistol whip or you might kill someone

Some lady’s response to the news story that two people were shot tonight in Clearwater, FL.

I checked my D&D Monster Manual and I can’t find the entry for Irony Elemental. Maybe they forgot it? Or maybe not including it was the point. Either way, I found one in the wild! no longer a myth

risingfalling:

My addiction to violence. Nice assumption there, buddy. 

And also a very nice way to leave a conversation by trying to claim what I say is false. My simple sentence is unfortunately very true.

Your poetic rant about Ghandi, doves, being special, and pizza also makes you seem intelligent, but until you explain what your super secret is, you’re just ranting lunatic who believes in fairy tale endings.

And don’t think for one second that you’re the only person that has ever “given thought to peace.” All of us have. However, many of us are grounded in reality. I would also never give up my humanity and freedom for some false, forced, oppressive peace. A conflict that ends in freedoms and rights taken a way is not a resolution.

In a peaceful world where murder is impossible, firearms would still serve as a nice form of recreation. 

If you insist on the right to own a gun, you insist for a tool of death for a living world in which that is antithetical. You are addicted to violence in that you cannot fathom a world without it.

Your sentence is true for an argument I was never having. Maybe. I shouldn’t deem it true because I’m not gonna undertake the logic puzzle of arguing it, especially with someone who saw what I wrote and said to themselves “but wait guns make us equal” rather than something disagreeable but appropriate like “but violence is an inherent quality to humanity.” Sorry to leave you hanging on that one.

The whole point of creating the litmus test is that it serves as a way to distinguish the people who are capable of talking about this shit, and if you see the peace Gandhi believed in & what I’m attempting to convey as “false, forced, oppressive,” or you think I am trying to strip you of rights rather than convince you that you only think you need them because of your own deep-set fear of humanity, you didn’t pass. You do not understand the principle of non-violent resistance and that it demands free decision, sometimes the only decision possible, by its agents.

And, you, too, are not reading what I’m writing: I didn’t say I was the only person who thought about peace, I even said I’m not special. I did distinguish myself from the “hawks and doves,” a classic phrase meant to conjure up distinct sides in a battle that I’m not participating in and you don’t have to either. You referring to it my mention of doves as poetic suggests that you’re unaware of that meaning, which doesn’t look fondly upon the potential of our discussion.

Possibly the fifth time I’ve written this, even in advance of people saying it because I expected the argument as I, too, have found pleasure in firing an AK at some beer cans: in a peaceful world where murder is possible but we choose not to employ it, guns cannot serve a recreational purpose as their original purpose ceases to be. They become an outdated symbol of a history we’ve abandoned. People still practice swordplay and archery because of that same addiction to violence— we don’t even use them for their intended purpose, we just love playing at it, pretending that the skills we foster can be used for anything but killing when other talents like tennis or juggling exist.

Watch that link at the end of my last post, it’s all you need to know in about ninety seconds. Everything we do is a choice between fear and love and you have the freedom to decide which side you stake your claim in every moment of every day.

And look at me go, I can’t tell if I’m continuing this conversation because I’m afraid of looking like a lunatic or if I love you as a human being too much to let it drop. perhaps the true fucker has been inside me all along

To You Internet Misogynists

yoisthisracist:

First of all, fuck you. It’s always been like, you know, an irritating thing that you’d attempted to co-opt the language of feminism and other civil rights struggles to cloak your sexist ideas in bullshit like “Men’s Rights” and calling this sexist garbage “activism.” And for a long time, I think a lot of people like me were down with ignoring this shit because it was juvenile and stupid, but also because it seemed like this tactic was clearly the same as racists whining about why there isn’t White History Month, or homophobes trying to have a Straight Pride Parade, something that anyone with half a brain could see is transparently a way to prop up the bigotry of people who already control the balance of power in this world.

But this Elliot Rodger mess brings up a way that this type of shit can affect people. Because, when you co-opt the rhetoric of revolution and struggle, it’s more than just “trolling” or some bullshit to make, you know, actual decent people angry. It’s language that can make a disturbed person think that defending bigotry is a legitimate struggle, that, in Rodger’s case, that owning and subjugating women is a cause worth killing and dying for. Because that’s what those words mean, you fucking garbage assholes, those words are for people who struggle from real oppression, to inspire people to sacrifice and never give up. The fact that straight white men have taken these words to rally around calcifying the bigotry that’s slipping from their fingers is truly disgusting, and now it’s more clear that it has fucking consequences.

Fuck you, you pieces of shit, fuck you.

Our ideas and words and actions can get people killed and, if my personal journey is any indication, it only takes baby-thought to trace the paths that lead there. It’s why I panic about every aspect of existence, but I really think it’s working out for me and, if not me, then the people around me.