Category: Violence

What factors influence whether a police officer shoots or not?

To Shoot or Not to Shoot: What is a Police Officer to Do?


Reading time: 5 minutes
What factors determine whether a police officer shoots or not? Our brains are complex, but we can narrow it down to several factors: (1) race of the suspect, (2) priming of the officer to shoot, and (3) the possibility that the suspect is armed. With so many guns in society, police have to assume everyone is armed. It all adds up to ensuring that PoC are hurt first and worst by our violence prone policing.

Call Your MoC about Stopping the Federal Police Agencies in Portland


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We are all alarmed by the federal provocation of peaceful protesters seeking an excuse to do greater harm and seeking to intimidate by abducting people off the streets Now’s your chance to get into some good trouble by calling your MoC and social mediaing at media outlets and government officials telling them to knock it off. We all know Trump is a coward and will back down if the noise gets loud enough.

Open Carry, the Ultimate Gaslighting Technique


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Is an armed society a more polite society? Hell no. Of course you should worry about seeing a white man armed in a public place. Haven’t nearly every mass shooter been an armed white man in a public place? For the open carry folks to claim that we should trust them to be the good guy with the gun is the ultimate in gaslighting.

#MoscowMitchMule


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Surely, I’m not the only one to think of Moscow mule when #MoscowMule started trending. Here’s a couple of ideas for drinks and what to do with them! Also, call #MassacreMitch and YOUR senator and tell them to pass the House gun legislation!

What are the causes of mass shootings?

Causes of Mass Shootings: What’s Wrong with Blaming “Depraved Evil?”


Reading time: 5 min
OMG! Has the derp been extra deep and thick since the El Paso and Dayton mass shootings! The desperation of the Repubes to use illusory explanation and the illusion of truthiness to stop us all from thinking about the causes of mass shootings has been palpable. No one has laid it on as thick or as deep as Kellyanne Conway who has her own way illusions of derpiness. Here’s all you need to know about how necessary it is for us to understand “depraved evil” and unite against hate.

The Mass Shooting in El Paso: What You Can Do!


Reading Time: 14 minutes
Quick Dip: 2 minutes
Shallow Dive: 4 minutes
Deep Dive: 12 minutes
With the shooting in El Paso, I’ve devoted the call your MoC post today to gun violence. In the quick dip, I give you information about contacting your MoC to demand that they support gun reform action. In the shallow dive, there is information about gun reform advocacy groups, events, and stuff. And in the deep dive, I’ve included resources on the arcane statistics and legal information about gun violence.

What evidence is there for implicit bias in police

Racism in the Police Use of Force: the Implicit Bias Shoot-Don’t Shoot Game


With so many proposals for arming teachers and suggestions that good guys with guns can stop bad guys with guns and then actual mass shootings where unarmed good guys stop the armed bad guys and violent arrests of young women because of plastic cutlery, you gotta wonder, would I shoot an unarmed black man if I had the chance? This implicit bias game helps you figure it all out.

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