Category Archives: BANG! BANG!

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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Fear and the Way of the Gun

This response to Arkansas State Representative Bell yammering about Bostonians ‘cowering’ in our homes because we couldn’t defend ourselves from terrorists is a couple of weeks old, but it’s dead on target (boldface mine): I don’t know what citizens of … Continue reading

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Cowards With Guns

I’ve dealt with the attempts to intimidate others by gun nuts before, but it’s worth reminding people that they’re still at it (boldface mine): Several men with assault rifles and hand guns crashed a Mayor’s Against Illegal Guns National Day … Continue reading

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An Armed Society Is an Uncivil One

And much more importantly, not a free one. Because nothing says freedom like this (boldface mine): Ginny Burdick, 65, a veteran state legislator, is probably the fiercest gun control advocate in the Oregon State Senate. In recent years, however, as … Continue reading

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Yes, Guns Are Disruptive to the Urban Societal Fabric

Recently, I argued that guns simply don’t work in cities: they are harmful to its culture as well as a physical threat. So this study from Philadelphia seems relevant (boldface mine): Objectives. We investigated the possible relationship between being shot … Continue reading

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On Gun Control and “Getting Smart”

Over at The Atlantic, Molly Ball has a gushing post praising the gun safety movement for scaling back its ambitions, by calling for closing loopholes, not opposing handguns, and proclaiming that the Second Amendment is about the right to own … Continue reading

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