Category Archives: BANG! BANG!

Security Theater: 153 Guns Got Through Airport Security

This recent failure of airport ‘security’ demonstrates how it’s really just ‘security theater‘ (boldface mine): The authorities say that on Dec. 10, while 1.7 million other passengers were being routinely screened for weapons at security checkpoints in airports around the … Continue reading

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Nocera Gets It Half-Right: On the Freedom to Hunt Your Slaves

Joe Nocera does a good service with this history lesson, but he misses the key point (boldface mine): The surprising discovery is that of all the amendments that comprise the Bill of Rights, the Second was probably the least debated. … Continue reading

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Bringing Tenure to a Gun Fight

If you haven’t heard, the faculty and students of the University of Maine have been fighting to have a bunch of idiotic cuts restored. As you might imagine, there have been non-violent protests and heated faculty meetings. And then there’s … Continue reading

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Trolls, Armed and Dangerous

Verily, there are assholes, and they walk among us. Last week, a study (unfortunately behind a paywall) argued that internet trolls are not like other humans: The research, conducted by Erin Buckels of the University of Manitoba and two colleagues, … Continue reading

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Guns Make You Stupid: The Last Dead Mouse Edition

Don’t let anyone fool you with the term “random shooting.” If you put enough guns into enough people’s hands, what is a very, very rare event becomes a statistical certainty. Fortunately, as was the case with the person who threatened … Continue reading

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Cowards With Guns Watch: Fanatics Once Again Attempt to Intimidate Mothers Against Gun Violence

“Hi, we’re just here to share our opinion. Non-violently of course. And it’s not fascism when we do it, bitches!” (from https://www.facebook.com/MomsDemandAction) While we’ve discussed cowards with guns who attempt to intimidate political opponents before, let’s review this blog’s view … Continue reading

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Guns Make You Stupid: When Killing Is Easy

I wrote this after an incident in Back Bay, Boston, during which a resident, after arguing with sanitation workers, went back into his house, got his gun (actually, one of three guns) and threatened to kill them: One thing to … Continue reading

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