Category: Gun Violence

What are the characteristics that mass shooters have in common?

A Recipe for Making Mass Shooters


Reading time: 4 minutes
Wouldn’t it be nice if we knew the factors that made a mass shooter so we could look out for those things and maybe intervene before the mass shooting happened? You know with mental health services and stuff. WOW! We actually know what makes a mass shooter.

How do we commemorate Trayvon Martin?

Unhappy Trayvon Martin Day 2022


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On 26 February 2012, Trayvon Martin was mercilessly gunned down in cold blood. Take a moment to remember the young man’s death that sparked the Black Lives Matter movement and to renew your commitment to fighting for justice, equality, and democracy.

What factors influence whether a police officer shoots or not?

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


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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.

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?”


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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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