commented on All the Mumbled, Noncomittal Shrugging from Presidential Candidates about Gun Control Is Depressing
@9 That's a false equivalency. Cops have guns, sure. But they don't usually get shot while they're minding their own business. Getting shot "in the line of duty" means that they were shot while actively engaging someone they believed to be violent or otherwise antagonistic towards their presence. I was minding my own business when I was attacked.
@11 I don't think anyone knows yet how the Oregon mass shooter got his firearms. I think it is very relevant to note that most mass shootings would not have been prevented by most or any proposed gun control legislation.
To say that gun "nuts" don't care about gun violence is absurd. I can personally say that, even as someone who owns and regularly carries guns, I've been deeply affected by stories of mass shooting as well as other instances of gun violence. But I don't believe that gun control legislation is the issue. I believe that it's a cultural issue that, very unfortunately, many gun owners as well as society in general perpetuate. Here's an article worth considering:
If you read the 4chan comments to the post attributed to the Oregon shooter than you may find the above article particularly relevant.
commented on New Documentary Shows the Black Panthers Were the Original Gun Nuts
I think comparing the BPP to Oath Keepers is a pretty surface-level comparison. The Black Panthers carried weapons as a direct means to empower and protect themselves and other black people from usually city and state police. However, the Oath Keepers (a sizeable portion of which ARE state and city cops) are a group of mostly military and police members that advocate for the second amendment and their goal is to remind all those who have sworn an oath to uphold the constitution not to break that Oath (I.e. confiscation arms from law-abiding citizens, declaring or enforcing martial law, etc...)
The Oath Keepers generally defensive against federal law enforcement , though their has been a fracturing of the group since Ferguson. Whereas the BPP were more concerned with local law enforcement. Furthermore, the BPP applied this approach to practical and necessary situations whereas the Oath Keepers presence has been mostly symbolic and in situations like the Bundy Ranch.
All that being said, I am very excited by the emergence of the Huey P Newton Gun Club. It's refreshing, in this day and age, to see firearms used as intended by people other than white men.
commented on Teaching Tribal History Is Finally Required in Washington Public Schools
The "teaching our children to feel guilty" argument is absolute nonsense. I am a white person and I have so much sadness for the way that natives have been treated for the past 500 years. But I didn't do those things. Separate sadness and empathy from guilt. The only persons who should feel shame or guilt now are those who would choose to continue to deny that aspect of history.
@6 It is important to teach children to write without the use of curse words so that they can fully develop a vocabulary without relying on curse words as crutches. That being said, Shawn Brown is a goddam adult, speaking conversationally, about a subject that she has an emotional personal history with. If the fact that an adult uses a single curse word while speaking with another adult for a publication aimed at adults in that context is something you feel is cause to negate her entire message than you, sir, are a fucking moron.
commented on May Day 2015: After a Day of Peaceful Marches, an Evening of Broken Glass, Flashbangs, and Injuries
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@97 How is the US different than the Nazi's? Within the US government and capitalism is responsible for genocide (native americans), the displacement of thousands or millions (foreclosures and gentrification), concentration camps (both of the Japanese, Italians, and what prisons basically are for black people today), and mass poisoning of food and water (oil spills, nuclear waste leaks, coal mining, etc...)
If you think anti-capitalist and anti-government are a serious issue I suggest you look at this country without filtering it thinking of government or capitalism as givens. Shit, police hurt and kill more innocent and unarmed people every year than anarchists have since anarchism was conceived. And fucking sports fans cause far more damage through rioting than any political protest could ever aspire to.
Raindrop, unless you are black, native, non-hetero or otherwise a seriously marginalized person I don't know that you can fully appreciate exactly what government and capitalism means to a huge portion of the population. And if you're straight, white, etc... I urge you to dig a little deeper and exercise some empathy.