Isn’t everything now? . . . Is Gun Control A Feminist Issue? Here’s Why They Can’t Be Viewed Independently
Other mass shooters have followed similar patterns of misogyny or violence toward women. Quartz noted that the shooter in the second deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, at Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub, reportedly regularly physically abused his ex-wife. Slate reported that another mass shooter, James T. Hodgkinson, who attacked members of Congress during a baseball game earlier this year, was arrested in 2006 after punching a womanin the face, though his case was later dismissed. Newsweek also reported in 2014 that, during a mass shooting in Killeen, Texas in 1991, the shooter seemingly specifically targeting women, reportedly shouting, “All women of Killeen and [neighboring city] Belton are vipers!” as he carried out his attack.
Unfortunately, a history of misogyny and/or domestic violence and a propensity for gun violence seem to often go hand-in-hand.
Attention Wayne LaPierre . . . Why My Fellow Conservatives Are Wrong To Target Films And Video Games Defending Gun Rights
It’s a common (and, frankly, predictable) response from social conservatives trying to parry and deflect attacks on the right to keep and bear arms and it’s a clever rhetorical diversion often employed by my fellow conservatives while engaged in these television debates where they often find themselves grossly outnumbered by the panelists and usually the moderator.
But it’s an ill-advised tactic and they’re wrong in raising the notion that the First Amendment should be infringed upon for the sake of keeping the Second Amendment in tact.
We can think of a few more . . . 6 Reasons Your Right-Wing Friend Isn’t Coming To Your Side On Gun Control
I’ve seen my friends and colleagues on the Left side of the gun control debate dumbfounded at why Second Amendment advocates don’t seem to budge on their views after mass shootings. So I thought I would try my hand at explaining this phenomenon in the hopes that maybe more will be inclined to have a better conversation about guns and the Second Amendment in America. There are several reasons 2A advocates aren’t running to your side of the argument, and it might not be the ones you think.
“It’s crazy to think a bunch of gun nuts can go up against the US Army” . . . Yes, the Bubbas Can Beat Uncle Sam
It is not just our fecklessness. All great powers take into account the moral and manpower costs of implementing their rules and laws on a people. And an armed citizenry, especially if they seem to have a just cause to rally around, will dramatically raise the price of ruling them. The British Empire controlled one quarter of the world’s territory and ruled one quarter of the earth’s population in 1922. In that very year, they were forced to make an effective exit from the main part of their oldest colony, Ireland. Why? Because a determined group of Irish men with guns made the country ungovernable. The British technically could have deployed their entire navy, blockading the restive island, and starving any rebellion into submission. But they were unwilling to pay the moral price, or the price in blood. It was precisely this foreseeable event that had caused the British to ban Irish Catholics from possessing firearms hundreds of years earlier.
This is what happens to a disarmed populace . . . Olympian Michael Diamond’s gun convictions overturned
An Australian judge has quashed three firearms convictions against two-time Olympic gold medallist Michael Diamond.
The convictions in May had effectively ended the trap shooter’s career.
The charges related to the alleged improper storage of a gun and rounds in Diamond’s car. A judge acquitted him after questioning the legality of a police search.
Diamond, 45, is now eligible to reapply for his firearms licence and qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
All the really cool kids are developing one…especially those paid by the New York Times . . . The Gun-Ban Fetish
Americans, including Stephens, should be familiar with the disasters that befell Washington and Chicago after their gun bans. After Washington’s ban, the city ranked No. 1 or 2 in murder rate among the 50 largest cities for half of the next 30 years, and in the top four for two-thirds of that time. Before the ban, Washington had never been near that high. Chicago’s murder rate relative to other cities also soared after its ban.
Gun-control advocates will tell you that Washington and Chicago weren’t fair tests. They will point out that criminals could still get guns in Virginia or Maryland, or in Illinois or Indiana. That is true, but while it might explain why murder rates didn’t fall as promised, it doesn’t explain why murder and violent crime rates went up. After all, criminals could get these same guns before the ban. If it was so obvious to these advocates that the Washington and Chicago experiments were going to be failures, they should have let others in on this secret.