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Spare me…

The police statements after events like the Castillo killing/inevitable officer acquittal are rarely made to reassure POC but to calm moderate whites. There are no promises of better outcomes,  that another POC won’t be pulled over for having a black nose or shot in front of their child because of what an officer has a “split second” to decide. Basically the argument is “sucks to be us.”

And I’ve had it with the solipsistic narcissism of how shooting a man to death in front of his child and the child’s mother is really a bummer for the cop. Even if he’s in therapy dealing with it, it’s hardly as relevant as what the dead man and his loved ones are experiencing. I also am highly suspicious of how much this truly has affected the officer. I mean Bill Cosby is probably stressed out but that’s all about him, his reputation, career and liberty, not the women he raped.

If the cop offered to help raise the now fatherless child like Joe West on The Flash, that’s one thing but that’s not even a consideration.

We continue to debate whether racism or “white privilege” even exists when predominately white juries not only consistently let officers walk for these killings but never express the consistent level of outrage or demands for change that we see as a the result of airline overbookings. I can almost understand the cognitive dissonance and classism behind safely assuming you’ll never be busted for selling loose cigarettes or CDs, but if white Americans really believed they had as much chance of being blown away — again in front of their child — during a routine traffic stop or their child could be killed for playing with a toy gun in a public park, they wouldn’t stand for it. 

 
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Posted by on June 21, 2017 in Social Commentary

 

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Guns and Georgia…

Six people were injured in a shooting at an Atlanta FedEx.

But the state most likely believes the answer is more guns.

 
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Posted by on April 29, 2014 in Social Commentary

 

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Georgia learns from Florida…

Gee, I feel safer all ready.

Georgia’s House of Representatives voted Tuesday to let licensed gun owners carry their weapons in more places, sending the bill to the Senate where changes are likely.

Licensed gun owners would be allowed to carry guns into churches, bars and nonsecure government buildings under legislation approved in the state House on Tuesday. House Bill 875, sponsored by Rep. Rick Jasperse, R-Jasper, passed 119-56, largely along party lines. It now goes to the Senate.

I’ve always said that guns and alcohol are the chocolate and peanut butter of violent death.

Notice that back in the carefree 1980s, you could bump into a stranger on the street and dip your chocolate into her peanut butter without being shot.

I’m not religious, but a recent documentary makes a compelling case for the spiritual value of arming yourself before attending church.

Also, if it ever snows more than half an inch again, Georgia residents can — if they feel reasonably in fear of their lives — kill the snow in self defense.

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2014 in Social Commentary

 

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Gun Crazy…

So, another school shooting.

This is sadly getting far too routine.

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2013 in Political Theatre

 

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Crimes in America…

Crimes in America…

A 13-year-old girl is killed on her birthday, and it’s apparently not a crime.

A teenage girl was accidentally shot and killed Tuesday night in Johnson County while her teenage brother cleaned a gun.

Emilee Bates, who celebrated her 13th birthday Tuesday, was airlifted to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth, where she died, authorities said.

Deputies responded at about 8 p.m. to the home off FM917 near Joshua. Emilee’s 19-year-old brother was cleaning his guns when one went off, striking her in the stomach, authorities said.

The incident is being treated as an accident, and no charges are expected to be filed, said Lt. Tim Jones, a spokesman for the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department.

But this I suppose is a crime.

A Florida state senator says he wants changes made to laws in the wake of the felony charges against Kaitlyn Hunt, an 18-year-old high school senior who was arrested for her relationship with a 15-year-old girl.

Under Florida’s consent laws, it is illegal for an 18-year-old to engage in sexual relations with anyone under the age of 16. According to TCPalm, other Indian River County lawmakers said that the laws protect children as they stand.

Hunt faces two felony charges and could serve 15 years in prison if convicted. She is scheduled to appear in court June 20 after refusing a plea deal last Friday. The deal offered by the state of Florida would have placed Hunt under house arrest and required her to register as a sex offender.

How things change, I guess, as I recall when such laws were used to selectively ensure your white daughter didn’t date a black classmate.

Take it away, Archie.

 
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Posted by on June 5, 2013 in Pop Life, Social Commentary

 

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No Accident…

Justin Peters at Salon shatters the myth of “accidental gun deaths.”

On Wednesday, a two-year-old Texas boy named Trenton Mathis accidentally shot and killed himself with a handgun he found sitting on his great-grandfather’s nightstand. According to the website of KLTV, Mathis had gone into his great-grandparents’ bedroom in search of chewing gum. Instead, he found a loaded 9 mm handgun, which he used to shoot himself in the face. Mathis was pronounced dead at a Tyler, Texas hospital. He would have turned three years old in July.

Trenton Mathis didn’t have to die. His senseless death is a direct result of this country’s baffling indifference toward the basic principles of gun safety. As I’ve written before, “accidental” child shooting deaths are almost never truly accidental. They happen because parents and guardians keep their guns loaded and unattended in unsecured locations where children can easily get to them.

As David Frum commented, people tend to over-estimate their own competence. Combine that with what I consider the peculiarly American trait of over-estimating external threats and you have the senseless deaths of children. How many home invasions are prevented because of the presence of a gun? And how many friends and family members are killed because there was a gun in the home? This is not a question America is prepared to ask.

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2013 in Social Commentary

 

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Now time for “False Equivalency Theatre”…

20130520-154323.jpg I saw this plastered on a sign post in Capitol Hill. I guess it makes sense. I sometimes leave my loaded lesbian lying around where a small child can reach her and fire her at himself or another child. I also stockpile lesbians in the event I need to defend myself against a tyrannical government. And this country’s laughably easy access to lesbians results in a disturbing number of deaths each year.

Also, is that a bullet bracelet? What is the fashion goal here?

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Political Theatre

 

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