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Anonymous: how can you be against gun control with the school shootings how many innocent people have to die before you see guns are bad


I’m not against gun control. I’m against legislation that criminalizes innocent people based on your hypothetical fears. 

In Texas last year, twice as many people were beaten to death with fists as were killed with long guns; by your criteria, hands are worse than rifles in Texas. Guns are just a thing; some people do bad things with them, and a lot more people don’t.

The gun control argument, especially when it comes to mass shootings, is mostly just fear-based politics. It isn’t about public safety; it isn’t about fixing the problem. I mean, when my garden won’t grow, I don’t try to blame the shovel. Guns don’t cause school shootings; they’re used in them. It’s just easier to resolve public fear by blaming guns and legal gun owners than to really ask and address what the hell we’re doing within our society and culture that a bunch of kids feel like shooting people is even an option, let alone their best or only option.

Also, firearms are used in about 11,000 homicides per year, but they’re used in self-defense about 68,000 times per year. So, I think the question goes both ways: how many innocent people have to die before you see guns aren’t bad?

Unfortunately, not paying attention to race and gender does not make gender-race inequalities go away, precisely because these inequalities are institutionalized and not just ideas in people’s heads.

– Evelyn Nakano Glenn, Chapter 1: The Social Construction and Institutionalization of Gender and Race in Revisioning Gender (via aswekissgoodbye)

In fact, digital is a huge conceptual change, a sociological change, a cluster bomb blowing apart who we are and how our world is ordered, how we see ourselves, how we live. It’s a change we’re in the middle of, so close up that sometimes it’s hard to see. But it is deeply profound and it is happening at an almost unbelievable speed.


The day is October 1st, Green Day has arisen from their slumber. The moment they awake the Government announces that they will be shutting down. Green Day has done it. They have achieved the end goal. Pop Punk anarchy is upon us. We have all become American Idiots.

Out of all of the (weirdly large amount of) Green Day/Wake Me Up When September Ends references on the Internet this year, this is the best one.

I actually attack the concept of happiness. The idea that - I don’t mind people being happy - but the idea that everything we do is part of the pursuit of happiness seems to me a really dangerous idea and has led to a contemporary disease in Western society, which is fear of sadness. It’s a really odd thing that we’re now seeing people saying “write down 3 things that made you happy today before you go to sleep”, and “cheer up” and “happiness is our birthright” and so on. We’re kind of teaching our kids that happiness is the default position - it’s rubbish. Wholeness is what we ought to be striving for and part of that is sadness, disappointment, frustration, failure; all of those things which make us who we are. Happiness and victory and fulfillment are nice little things that also happen to us, but they don’t teach us much. Everyone says we grow through pain and then as soon as they experience pain they say “Quick! Move on! Cheer up!” I’d like just for a year to have a moratorium on the word “happiness” and to replace it with the word “wholeness”. Ask yourself “is this contributing to my wholeness?” and if you’re having a bad day, it is.