Wait, let us guess…there are a range of emotions and everyone processes it a little differently . . .
Given the epidemic of mass shootings and smaller but equally gut-wrenching episodes of gun violence, it’s not exactly breaking news that tens of thousands of people in America have shot someone with a gun. But in the forthcoming book, The Trigger: Narratives of the American Shooter, author Daniel J. Patinkin deals with the complex morality of shooting someone by looking at the gray areas between intent, accident, and on-the-spot interactions that can result in tragedy. VICE talked to him about the divergent politics of people who resort to gun violence, the role American gun culture plays in these shootings, and what it all means in the post-Parkland moment. …
My goal was to present the complex, emotional life stories of individuals who have shot someone, and compel my reader to kind of wrestle with the social and cultural issues that underlie those instances. What led to the moment in that person’s life that he felt the need to pull the trigger? What were the economic, social, racial, and psychological circumstances of that shooting? I want readers to make their own interpretation and analyze the circumstances. I don’t want to dictate what my reader should think, or what position they want to take. I want them to have a thoughtful reaction to the book before coming to their own conclusion.
Stunned diners watched armed police swoop on Audi parked outside restaurant to catch driver with loaded Glock pistol and bullets hidden in a Tesco bag
The UK has strict gun controls and is surrounded by water. And American gun-grabbers think it’s possible to eliminate gun crime . . .
Shocked diners at a busy Liverpool restaurant watched in horror as armed police moved in on a driver armed with a loaded Glock pistol and bullets.
Police swooped in on the silver Audi in a high profile sting operations in front of the Tavern on December 4 last year.
Dave Price, a manager at the Tavern, said at the time: ‘It was quite a scary moment. ‘Some of the customers were shocked and scared, some went behind their chairs as the guns were quite daunting… others went straight to their phones, the cameras were out taking pictures.’
This is bound to do wonders for their ratings . . .
While most comic book movies have attempted to avoid political grandstanding or at least getting preachy on hot-button topics, it appears that the television adaptations of our favorite superheroes aren’t going to follow their big screen counterparts’ lead.
CW’s “Supergirl” went into full gun control lecture mode in Monday’s episode, “Not Kansas,” which features a criminal getting his hands on a Heel-14 “assault rifle” issued for the government agency DEO and modified for civilians using the debunked gun show loophole.
In a moment highlighted by Newsbusters, DEO Head and Martian-in-disguise J’onn J’onnz (David Heywood) lectures the president of the gun manufacturer that created the rifle about the evils of adapting it for consumer use.
“That is for military personnel, trained officers, law enforcement,” J’onn opines.
He then flexes his government muscles to pressure the private company into compliance with their gun agenda.
“Other regulatory initiatives” . . .
With each mass shooting, we are only a few degrees removed from the breathless child crouched in a silenced classroom or the frantic screams at an open-air concert. Our hearts pound when his social media threats are revealed; we stand dumbstruck when we learn that others “saw this coming” or when his cache of firearms is discovered.
But while the firearm homicide rate in the United States is in fact declining, the firearm suicide rate is increasing.
And due to gun violence, the United States is the most dangerous place for a woman in the developed world. Statistics like these remind us that the epidemic of gun violence must be challenged on multiple fronts. We must support legislative solutions that include effective mental health intervention and raising the age for gun purchase alongside other regulatory initiatives.
GOP candidate says he’d use ‘2nd Amendment’ against anyone who treats his daughter like Trump ‘treats women’
Ok then . . .
A Republican congressional hopeful said Tuesday he would “use my Second Amendment” if his daughter dated someone who treated her like President Trump “treats women.”
Danny Stockstill, a business owner and Southern Baptist pastor, took the swipe at Trump during a forum with other GOP congressional candidates in Tulsa. He said he would also not allow his son to exhibit similar behavior toward women, Tulsa World reported.
“If my daughter ever dates a man who treated her like he treats women, I’m going to use my Second Amendment,” Stockstill continued. “If I ever find out my son has treated women the way he has, I don’t care how old [my son] is, I’m going to come down on him.”
The NRA’s lot in the time of Trump . . .
Adding to the NRA’s difficulties is that Trump’s rhetoric on guns has been a high-stakes roulette wheel. In a February White House meeting with congressional lawmakers, Trump careened off the tracks, endorsing raising the age to purchase a firearm to 21, appearing to endorse Senator Dianne Feinstein’s assault-weapons ban, scoffing that most senators are afraid of the NRA, telling House majority whip Steve Scalise — a shooting survivor! — that concealed-carry reciprocity will “never” get passed, and telling Vice President Mike Pence during a discussion of restraining orders that could permit gun seizures, “Take the guns first, go through due process second.”
That last comment was the sort of rhetoric that, if spoken by President Obama, could have set off furious protests. But it’s rather revealing that few gun owners thought Trump would actually follow through on his suddenly pro-gun-control comments; Washington is starting to get used to the president’s unpredictability and rapid reversals.
My sudden surge? No. I’m just DONE w/ the gun lobby controlling our politicians and children dying.
Empathy and compassion are behind my “sudden surge” against the NRA.#NoRA
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) June 7, 2018