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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.
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Forensic psychology has a lot to say about the mass shooters — hell, we’ve had enough of them that they’ve got enough “data points” to come to some conclusions, amirite?
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On 26 February 2012 Trayvon was shot to death. Needlessly. Take a moment to remember the innocent young man and his tragic death that sparked the movement that would become Black Lives Matter.
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The congressional recess is over this week. Call #MassacreMitch and your senators and tell them to pass the House gun legislation and write legislation for further gun reform laws.
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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.
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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!
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Keep calling #MassacreMitch! Don’t trust him to keep to his word! He says he’ll let the Senate “discuss” gun legislation. Hold his feet to the fire. Let him know you’re watching. And, read the other ridiculous odious shyte he had to say along the way.
A picture speaks a thousand words, a meme inspires a thousand thoughts. Explore the meaning of leadership and divisiveness in a time of crisis by contrasting Obama’s remarks after mass shootings and the Ol’ Pussy Grabber’s.
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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.
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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.
Ever wonder about what it would take to reduce gun-related violence and deaths in the US? Well, as it turns out it’s easy: reduce the number of guns! Of course getting to the point where such a political decision is possible is the hard part.
In the wake of the latest school shooting — did I mention that in the 19 weeks of 2018, we’ve had almost one school shooting a week with 16 having occurred? — we’ve had the usual litany of responses: Hearts and prayers and thoughts and wishes, Warm condolences […]
We’ve had yet another school shooting. If they seem to be piling up, that’s because they are. If it seems depressing and dreary to go through these same emotions and arguments week after fucked up week, that’s because it is. So, there are two things that I want […]
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.
Why why why can’t we do anything about gun violence? Minority influence, dopamine, and traffic safety may hold the answers!
Collective intelligence has helped human kind solve every problem we have faced. It can help us solve gun violence, but we keep shooting ourselves in the foot.
America is unique in its gun violence. Could we be encouraging gun violence without even realizing? Social Learning Theory says we are teaching each other to be violent with guns.