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Guns Don’t Kill People, 4-Year Olds Kill People

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NBC News, Feb. 24, 2013

A 4-year-old Houston boy fatally shot himself with his father’s stolen handgun Sunday morning. While the father was asleep on the couch his son picked up the gun and shot himself in the stomach, according to Houston Police.

ImageWBTV.com, Feb. 11, 2013

After finding a gun in her mother’s bedroom, police say a 4-year-old child shot herself in the leg Monday evening in Charlotte, NC.

ImageMinneapolis Star Tribune, Dec. 12, 2012

A 4-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his younger brother Wednesday afternoon while playing with their father’s handgun in the family’s Minneapolis townhouse. According to police, the 2-year-old victim died after his brother discovered the loaded handgun in a bedroom and it discharged while he was handling it.

ImageWRAL, NC Local News, Jan. 27, 2012

Durham, NC police report that a 4-year-old found a gun and accidentally shot himself at a house in the Ashefield Place subdivision Friday morning.

ImageNY Daily News, July 28, 2012

In Woodbridge, VA on Wednesday, police say a 4-year-old boy accidentally shot himself to death after climbing into a family member’s unlocked truck parked outside the house and finding a handgun stashed inside.

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A 4-year-old girl accidentally shot herself with her father’s gun on Monday. The Detroit toddler found her dad’s 9mm pistol in the glove compartment of his SUV. She mistakenly fired a round into her thigh and was taken to a nearby hospital. She is in stable condition now.

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On Saturday morning in Surprise, AZ, 4-year-old boy was injured while playing with a handgun. Family members told police the pistol was in a holster on a nightstand in the master bedroom when the boy got hold of it. No charges were filed.

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After his 18-year old babysitter stepped on his foot, police say a 4-year old boy stormed off to his bedroom “to get a gun.” Those present assumed he was fetching a toy. But the toddler reappeared clasping a shotgun taken from a bedroom cupboard and fired at the babysitter and his friends, who sustained moderate injuries.

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Rape and Responsibility

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From Wonkette 3/9/13

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT 5:45 PM MARCH 8, 2013

HONESTLY, YOU GUYS, ‘NOT RAPING’ IS ACTUALLY REALLY EASY
by JEFF WATTRICK

Today is International Women’s Day, which means two things. First, we have to listen to people say stupid things like: “I’m not a sexist, but why isn’t there an International Men’s Day?” The correct answer to that question is International Men’s Day is in November and the more correct answer is (read in your best Hank Hill voice): “Shut up. You don’t really want to celebrate International Men’s Day. Stop being a baby always manufacturing fake controversies so you can feign outrage.” The other thing thing that, apparently, happens on International Women’s Day is people lose their crap over a perfectly reasonable suggestion that men should not ever rape women. Zerlina Maxwell said as much on Fox News and now she is…wait for it…receiving rape threats.

As Maxwell tells Salon, her point to Hannity was not about self-defense; it was about how we look at the big picture. “Telling every woman to get a gun is not rape prevention,” she explains. “The reality is that we need to be changing how we train and teach young men. We need to teach them to see women as human beings and respect their bodily autonomy. We need to teach them about consent and to hold themselves accountable.” And when we do, things change. After Canada launched a “Don’t be that guy” consent awareness campaign in 2011, the sexual assault rate dropped for the first time in years — by 10 percent.

Dear God, what the hell is wrong with people? There is absolutely no good reason why suggesting that people should not do something that is both morally abhorrent and a crime should be controversial. As Canada proved, it’s not only a valid message but an effective one if you are interested in reducing sexual assault.
Don’t rape. Full stop. It’s really that simple.

It’s not even that hard to not rape. Yr Wonket on this post happens to be a man who has gone his entire life without ever raping anyone. Days go by, months and years even, where Yr Wonket doesn’t rape and doesn’t even think about the fact that he is not raping! This (sadly) might be a weird concept to some people, let’s push through to the end here, but someone else’s body doesn’t belong to you and you can’t do things to/with said other person’s body without their permission. Permission shall not be assumed based on skirt length. Let’s repeat that to make sure everyone heard it: Permission shall not be assumed based on skirt length. Also, it’s not ok to rape someone, or threaten to rape someone, for telling you this. No exceptions.
It would be nice if those things could be left unsaid in 2013 America, but no. They must be said over and over again because too many of you don’t get it. Happy God Damn International Women’s Day.

Really, who benefits by not shifting all rape prevention meaures to perpetrators, not victims?

Right-wing Wrong Machine

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ImageI am fascinated—masochistically, no doubt—by the ways in which crazy lies about liberals are generated and repeated endlessly via emails, blogs, and “news” sources. And no, while liberals sometimes get things wrong too, the sheer scale and audacity of the lies told within the republican echo chamber, the conservative cone of crap, the bullshit bubble, far surpasses any committed by liberals. Are there liberals out there receiving constant emails asserting outlandish lies about conservatives, lies that one Google search or Snopes check would reveal as such? Yeah, me neither.

An article by Rick Perlstein in The Baffler, “The Long Con: Mail-order Conservatism,” provides an excellent take on right-wing truth deficiency and gullibility. And sociologists and psychologists are producing interesting research about the conservative personality.

One example I encountered recently involves a supposed plot by Chicago liberals to pave one of Reagan’s boyhood residences and put up a parking lot FOR OBAMA’S LIBRARY!! By now this lying sack of shit story has been deconstructed by Mother Jones and others, but when I initially saw the headline “Reagan’s Childhood Home to Become Parking Lot for Obama’s Library” next to the Newsmax logo posted on a right-wing relative’s Facebook page (accompanied by requisite credulous outrage), my Google search brought up only repetitious iterations of the same story on Fox, the Examiner, Drudge, etc. ad nauseum.

The source that inspired the Newsmax story—and thus, all the others—was written by a reader in the Washington Times’ “neighborhood” or “community voices” section (i.e., even more not-news than their regular not-news in that rag). The writer spins a series of paranoid speculations from the one fact in all of this: that the U of Chicago Medical Center, plans to build a parking lot on the site of one of Reagan’s boyhood homes, after the site was denied landmark status. This community voice then spools out a series of questions based on familiar right-wing phantasmagoria. Some tidbits:

“…some powerful Chicagoans are planning to demolish Reagan’s historic home. Is it politically motivated? Is Mayor Rahm Emanuel behind the move?”

“While the university is planning to kill Reagan’s home, University of Chicago is also aggressively lobbying to be the site of President Barack Obama’s presidential library. Could the Reagan site become a parking lot for Obama’s library? Opponents of the demolition say yes.”

If opponents of the demolition say yes, it must be true.

Titled “Reagan’s Home Could Become a Parking Lot for Obama’s Library,” this one little piece of the typical liberal-hating conspiracism spawned a string of stories that reinforce the overarching narrative that the godless, liberal, brown, i.e., “un-American” hordes are taking over and desecrating the righteous past—when (white) men were men, and women and non-whites were in their place, when christianity was sovereign, when government existed only to foster and protect business, when business was free to exploit people and land, and when men like the  (idealized version of the) Gipper ruled the world. One little word change in the headlines of these articles serves to further inflame the righteous anger/fear of the right-wing (de)base: from Reagan’s home COULD become an Obama lot to Reagan’s home TO become such a lot. A fact is born.

This fake fact was/is now passed around among the right-wing oppressed, a lie both created by their delusions of persecution and then added to the shit-pile mountain of “evidence” of their persecution, of liberal evil machinations to crush, dominate and obliterate all that is intrinsic to the “real” America and its values. So with truth and reality akimbo, Newsmax reports that “The University of Chicago Medical Center has announced plans to turn Ronald Reagan’s childhood home in Chicago into a parking lot for President Barack Obama’s library.” Anyone see that press conference?

It’s comical now to watch conservatives scramble to “re-brand” their message (not their failed policies). They’ve already mastered the art of manipulative lies, doing a marvelous job of galvanizing the old, white, sexist, bigoted, christian, dumb (or gullible, whatever), fearful bloc of Americans. Thus righties like my relative will keep posting those lies on their FB pages, building a lasting legacy of vast mountains of sacks of shit.

Master of Bushes

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FuckBushmaster2Maybe it’s progress when the guns = masculinity equation is just right out there, blatantly on display, instead of hidden behind other supposed reasons Butch needs guns, and lots of them. This Bushmaster web ad, where a guy can go and put put his guy friends’ names in alongside pre-defined unmanly behaviors, then offer them the antidote to their sissiness, which of course is the Bushmaster gun. Does this approach actually sell guns? I wish I had time to do a sociological study of the people on whom it actually works, or perhaps this is a case where the stereotypes apply, and no study is needed. Those studies often just prove the obvious anyway. BUSHmaster.  So wrong.

 

Over at the goodmenproject.com, a writer notes that,

“If I were making up a parody commercial to INSULT American gun culture, I would consider that model   way too on-the-nose to actually use, but Bushmaster just rolled with it.bushmaster man card reissued

The first “definition” offered by Bushmaster for what makes a guy unmanly is that “Adam L. is just unmanly” because “Adam L. avoids eye contact with tough-looking 5th graders.” WOW. I guess he can consider his “man card reissued” now that he took a Bushmaster rifle and mowed those elementary school students down. Or, actually, he gunned down mostly kindergartners so is the ad saying he didn’t get his “man card” after all? If he’d focused the barrage of manly, penis-shaped bullets on 5th graders, would he then get the “man card”? Remember, he did use a Bushmaster. Holy shit, there are some f**ed up gun “enthusiasts” and gun makers out there. Holy fuck.