Category Archives: BANG! BANG!

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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The Second Worst Thing About the Navy Yard Massacre: How the NRA Mainstreamed Horror As Normal

It goes without saying, the worst thing is the death and injury. But what’s ugly and depressing is that, based on the public reaction, mass shootings are now viewed as if they were weather disturbances. Violent, perhaps, but unavoidable. That’s … Continue reading

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